ARLINGTON, Va., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today on Earth Day, American Trucking Associations was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of seven winners of the 2013 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Awards.
"Increasingly, companies are becoming cognizant of their carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gases," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, "however, fuel efficiency has always been of critical importance for trucking and ATA, which is why our participation in EPA SmartWay is a no-brainer. We're proud of our history with the program and honored to be recognized with so many other leaders in improving freight sustainability."
The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by EPA to acknowledge SmartWay Affiliates that have initiated and executed exceptional recruiting, promotional and marketing activities in support of our shared goals to reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency. These affiliates serve as role models for other SmartWay affiliates and partners.
ATA was honored for recruiting 14 fleets with nearly 2,700 trucks to join the SmartWay Transport Partnership and for promoting SmartWay's benefits to its members and to policymakers.
"I commend American Trucking Associations for promoting sustainable transportation to their members through the SmartWay Transport Partnership," said Christopher Grundler, Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA. "The level of commitment, enthusiasm and creativity demonstrated by this year's honorees are helping us achieve our mutual goals for cleaner air and a more sustainable transportation supply chain."
EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today the Partnership consists of nearly 3,000 Partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 65 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off the road for an entire year. SmartWay's clean air achievements (28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide so far) help protect the health and well-being of citizens while contributing to our nation's economic and energy security.
More information on SmartWay in general: http://www.epa.gov/smartway/
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Good stuff. Trucks Bring It!
SOURCE American Trucking Associations