This year’s SmartWay Excellence Awards, honoring the EPA's top-performing SmartWay Partners, went to Bacardi USA Inc. in Coral Gables, Florida; Hewlett-Packard Inc.; Johnson & Johnson in Skillman, New Jersey; Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Knoxville, Tennessee; Lowe's Companies Inc. in Wilkesboro, North Carolina; The Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia; Transportation Insight LLC in Hickory, North Carolina; Union Pacific Distribution Services in Omaha, Nebraska; and Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
The EPA launched the SmartWay Transport Partnership program in 2004 to support companies in their efforts to move goods following clean, efficient and sustainable methods. In the 12 years since its inception, the EPA estimates that the program has prevented 72 million metric tons in carbon pollution emissions and saved participating partners $24.9 billion in fuel costs.
“EPA is honoring its top environmental performers – those SmartWay Partners that have taken significant steps towards a sustainable freight transportation energy future,” EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality Director Christopher Grundler said. “SmartWay Excellence Award recipients have become leaders in this crucial sector of our economy by embracing the mutual benefits that efficiency brings for both operational performance and environmental results.”