Employees, Communities Join Forces to Celebrate Earth Month
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 15, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Thousands of CSX employees
will join community partners and non-profit organizations this week to kick
off Earth Month celebration with events ranging from cleanup blitzes to tree
"CSX's activities now and all year long reflect our longstanding commitment to
environmental sustainability," said Skip Elliott, vice president-public
safety, health and environment. "CSX's environmental and business goals are
aligned, and that means that we work to reduce our environmental footprint and
operate in a responsible way to benefit our customers, employees, shareholders
and the communities in which we operate."
Through this week, CSX will host a series of employee environmental education
sessions and an expo. Other activities are planned in Jacksonville and
elsewhere on the company's eastern network:
oApril 20 – Jacksonville, Fla.: CSX employees will volunteer at the 2013
Earth Day & Ecology Fair at the Jacksonville Landing, along with other
area businesses. The company will also sponsor the City of Jacksonville's
Earth Day poster contest for children to help raise environmental
awareness among these future leaders.
oApril 20 -- Washington, D.C., and Maryland: CSX will again partner with
the Anacostia Watershed Society's annual Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration.
More than 2,000 volunteers plan to remove thousands of pounds of trash
from 20 sites around the Anacostia Watershed in Washington, D.C., and
oWeek of April 15, Various Locations: More than 5,000 CSX employees will
conduct cleanup blitzes and other beautification across its network
including Atlanta, Ga.; Avon, Ind.; Baltimore; Cumberland, Md.; East St.
Louis, Ill.; Erwin, Tenn.; Hamlet, N.C.; Hilliard, Ohio; Huntington,
W.Va.; Louisville, Ky.; Mobile, Ala.: Nashville, Tenn.; Riverdale, Ill.;
Selkirk, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Walbridge, Ohio; and Waycross, Ga.
In conjunction with these cleanups, CSX is partnering with local environmental
non-profit organizations to plant trees as part of its "Trees for Tracks"
initiative to plant one tree for every one of the 21,000 miles of CSX railroad
"Earth Day provides an opportunity for CSX to partner with our communities to
demonstrate our collective dedication to the environment by working together
on cleanup days and beautification projects," said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice
president, corporate social responsibility. "Throughout the year we continue
to promote environmental sustainability with our community programs, volunteer
efforts and operational decisions."
For example, since 1980, CSX has improved its locomotive fleet fuel efficiency
more than 90 percent through the use of technology such as ultra-low emission
locomotives. The company has invested more than $1.75 billion over the last
decade to improve its locomotive fleet fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse
After reaching in 2011 its voluntary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
intensity by eight percent – one year ahead of schedule – CSX renewed its goal
last year to reduce GHG emissions intensity by an additional six to eight
percent by 2020.
CSX has been recognized for its leadership in environmental performance. In
2012, CSX was ranked highly among the following: Dow Jones Sustainability
Index, Carbon Disclosure Project Global 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership
Index, S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, and Maplecroft Climate
Innovation Leader Index.
For more information on CSX's commitment to environmental sustainability or to
learn how to get involved in local Earth Day activities, visit www.csx.com or
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the nation's leading
transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck
transload services. The company's transportation network spans approximately
21,000 miles, with service to 23 eastern states, the District of Columbia and
two Canadian provinces. CSX's network connects more than 240 short line
railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information
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