EPA SmartWay honors freight industry leaders

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, Oct. 6, honored 37 organizations with its 2009 SmartWay Excellence Awards for slashing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and saving fuel through significant improvements to their freight operations.

“EPA’s SmartWay partnership helps freight companies go the extra mile by saving fuel and money, while cutting air pollution,” says Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Within our nation’s hard-working freight sector, SmartWay Excellence Award winners have stepped up to help protect our health, climate and environment.”

EPA says these organizations are setting an example in the transportation industry, addressing climate change by investing in clean truck technologies, adopting freight management strategies that reduce carbon emissions, and promoting the benefits of the SmartWay Transport Partnership. Winners were recognized across four categories (carrier, shipper, logistics, affiliate) at a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Trucking Associations’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev.

EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help improve the freight industry’s environmental performance. Today, more than 2,000 organizations participate, ranging from large multinational trucking fleets, several rail companies, many well-known retail and commercial shippers, and small “mom-and-pop” trucking companies.

Through their SmartWay participation, these companies both calculate and adopt strategies for lowering their transportation energy use and CO2 emissions. EPA provides technical support, including tools to evaluate options for lowering fuel use and emissions, and help in locating financing for the purchase of environmental and fuel-saving technology.

In 2009, the partnership projects that it will eliminate six million tons of CO2 and conserve more than 540 million gallons of diesel fuel, a savings of at least $1.3 billion a year in fuel costs.

The complete lists of winners:

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Truck Carriers
Bison Transport Inc.
C.R. England Inc.
Celadon Trucking Services Inc.
Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
Covenant Transport Inc.
Gordon Trucking Inc.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
Knight Transportation Inc.
LTI Trucking Services Inc.
MacKinnon Transport Inc.
Mesilla Valley Transportation
Quad/Graphics Inc.
Roehl Transport Inc.
Schneider National Inc.
Stan Koch & Sons Trucking
States Logistics Services Inc.
Swift Transportation Co.
U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc./Xpress Global Systems

Best Buy Co. Inc.
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
JCPenney Co.
Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Kohl’s Department Stores
Kraft Foods Global Inc.
Limited Brands Inc.
Lowe’s Companies Inc.
PepsiCo Inc.
Sharp Electronics Corp.
Stonyfield Farm Inc.
The Home Depot
USG Corp.

Logistics Companies
Hub Group Inc.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics

American Trucking Associations
Cascade Sierra Solutions