Lenovo, a Fortune Global 500 technology company, will kick off the North Carolina activation of its Work For Humankind initiative next week, enlisting students from Elizabeth City State University and Lenovo volunteers to do their studies and work remotely while traversing North Carolina’s Mountain to Sea Trail as they work together on conservation efforts across the state.
Lenovo’s Work For Humankind is an initiative that set out to change how people work, for good. Last year, ambitious volunteers had the opportunity to make a positive, long-lasting difference on the Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile, whilst working from one of the most remote offices in the world. Leveraging Lenovo technology, these volunteers donated their professional skills while working their regular jobs completely remotely to support vital conservation efforts led by Island Conservation and the Robinson Crusoe Island community.
This North Carolina activation is a continuation of the initiative in Lenovo’s home state, as North Carolina is home to one of the company’s two global headquarters.
Groups of students will board a van equipped with cutting-edge Lenovo technology – from devices to solutions and services – to make the weeks-long trek, stopping in the Outer Banks, Burgaw, and Cherokee to work on local projects alongside Lenovo employees.
Changing the Face of Conservation
The North Carolina activation of Work For Humankind is among several initiatives led by Lenovo that aims to strengthen the ties between the technology sector in North Carolina and the state’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. A National Park survey found just 6% of National Park visitors are Black, while 77% are white. Through Work For Humankind, Lenovo and Elizabeth City State University are changing the face of conservation by including underrepresented groups in efforts to solve complex environmental issues of our time.
Work Hybrid Like Never Before
True to its vision of leading and delivering smarter technology for all, Lenovo recognizes that technology is pivotal in creating the flexibility to fulfil workers’ and students’ desires to have a remote work environment while concurrently enabling them to participate in activities that better the planet.
About Lenovo’s Work For Humankind Project
In December 2021, Lenovo launched Work For Humankind – a bold initiative that allowed volunteers to make a positive, long-lasting difference within an island community, while working from one of the most remote, tech-enabled offices in the world. Now, Work For Humankind is coming to North America.
In addition to the North Carolina activation on the Mountain to Sea Trail, Lenovo is also partnering with non-profit Friends of BirdLife International to create a custom van that acts as a mobile lab and protects wildlife through birdsong collection, in which volunteers will live and work while road tripping through the United States and Canada.