Nomination deadline for SmartWay excellence awards June 30

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program is a national voluntary program developed by EPA and freight industry representatives to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution, and promote cleaner, more efficient ground freight transportation. By 2012, the partnership aims to reduce 33 million to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions annually. Partners include truck carriers, freight shippers and rail carriers, among others.

To promote the program’s achievements, EPA is currently accepting nominations for the first SmartWay excellence awards through June 30. The awards will recognize companies and organizations that have made significant contributions to protecting the environment through their participation in the partnership. All SmartWay partners are eligible for consideration.

Presentation of the awards will occur in late October at the American Trucking Associations annual conference in Dallas, and the National Association of Environmental Managers forum in Savannah, Ga. For more information on nominations for the SmartWay Award, go to www.epa.gov/smartway/awards.htm.