The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 40 companies — including 32 trucking companies — with the 2012 SmartWay Excellence Awards for achievements in moving freight more efficiently while reducing carbon dioxide and other emissions.

“Recipients of this year’s SmartWay Excellence Awards are reaping the business benefits and environmental rewards of cutting petroleum use in their transportation operations,” said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator, Office of Air and Radiation. “By participating in EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership and working to reduce costs and emissions, these companies are moving our nation forward to a healthier and more secure future.”
The winning organizations are top performers in reducing freight transportation emissions through technological innovation, and are taking advantage of the agency’s strategies and tools, according to SmartWay.

EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help improve the freight industry’s environmental performance. SmartWay’s clean air achievements include reducing 23.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 478,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 22,000 tons of particulate.
SmartWay was recently upgraded to include enhanced reporting tools that enable industry to track freight operations’ energy and environmental efficiency. In addition to carriers having the ability to both calculate and adopt strategies for lowering their transportation energy use and carbon emissions, shipper and logistics partners are now able to optimize their carriers and mode selection.
Following is the list of Excellence Award recipients:

Truck Carrier Awardees

Truckload/Dry Van Large Carriers

  • Celadon Trucking Services, Inc.
  • Heartland Express, Inc. of Iowa
  • Knight Transportation, Inc.
  • Swift Transportation

Truckload/Dry Van Medium/Small Carriers

  • Dart Transit Company
  • Mesilla Valley Transportation
  • Orlicks Inc.

Less than Truckload/ Dry Van Large Carriers

  • New Century Transportation, Inc.
  • Walgreen Oshkosh Inc

Less than Truckload/ Dry Van Medium/Small Carriers

  • Polaris Transport Carriers Inc

Refrigerated Large Carriers

  • C. R. England, Inc.
  • JBS Carriers, Inc.
  • Southern Refrigerated Transport, Inc.

Refrigerated Medium/Small Carriers

  • Doug Andrus Distributing LLC
  • Prime Inc

Package Large Carriers

  • FedEx Ground Package System, Inc.
  • Frito-Lay NA, Inc.

Package Medium/Small Carriers

  • Air Ground Xpress, Inc

Specialized Large Carriers

  • Lone Star Transportation, LLC

Specialized Medium/Small Carriers

  • Palletized Trucking Inc

Tanker Large Carriers

  • Dupre’ Logistics, LLC

Tanker Medium/Small Carriers

  • Poland Spring Bottling

Flatbed Large Carriers

  • Prime Inc

Flatbed Medium/Small Carriers

  • Jules Savard Inc

Mixed Large Carriers

  • May Trucking Company
  • Ruan Transportation Management Systems

Mixed Medium/Small Carriers

  • Dibble Trucking, Inc.
  • Lake Enterprises Ltd.

Dray Large Carriers

  • Duncan and Son Lines, Inc.

Dray Medium/Small Carriers

  • Pacific 9 Transportation, Inc.

Multimodal Large Carriers

  • J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
  • Schneider National, Inc

Multimodal Medium/Small Carriers

  • White Arrow LLC

Shipper Awardees

  • Best Buy Company
  • HP
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • IKEA Distribution Services, NA
  • SC Johnson and Son, Inc.
  • Sears Logistics Services, Inc.

Logistics Management Awardee

  • Sharp Freight Systems, Inc.

The 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award recognition was held in conjunction with annual freight industry conferences at the American Trucking Assns.’ Annual Management Conference & Exhibit in Las Vegas and at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Annual Conference in Atlanta.