Two companies in the region have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for sustainability in shipping.
The EPA recognized Walker-based Meijer and Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool among 14 recipients of its 2018 SmartWay Excellence Awards on Oct. 1.
The honor is the EPA’s highest recognition for leadership in freight supply chain energy and environmental performance, recognizing a select group of the EPA’s more than 3,700 freight supply chain partners.
“These industry leaders serve as role models for their peers, contributing to healthier air by advancing strategies and practices that result in cleaner, more efficient freight supply chains,” said Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.
The winners were honored during the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ 2018 EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Whirlpool Corporation was recognized in the large shipper category, consisting of companies that move products more than 500-million miles annually.
Meijer and Detroit-based General Motors North America were honored in the medium shipper category, with companies that ship goods between 25-million and 500-million miles annually.
SmartWay Excellence Awards
According to the EPA, the SmartWay Excellence Awards honor top shipping (retailers and manufacturers) and logistics company partners for “superior environmental performance” and taking additional actions to reduce freight emissions through “effective collaboration, operational practices, a robust system for validating and reporting their SmartWay data and communications and public outreach.”
The SmartWay Excellence Awards also recognize top truck, barge and multi-modal carrier partners that are “setting efficiency benchmarks” in how they move products and supplies.
Winners are selected based on exceptional environmental performance as demonstrated by their annual freight assessment and emissions tracking tool submissions.
The SmartWay program was founded in 2004.