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NS is committed to industry leadership in sustainability.


From the tracks Norfolk Southern lays down to the towns they reach, it’s all connected. NS works to achieve balance between business operations and the environment. A commitment to sustainability makes a positive difference in business today and will have a lasting impact on the environment for years to come.

Environmental impact efforts:

  • NS has completed 65 percent of its Trees and Trains project, a $5.6 million initiative to reforest 10,000 acres with more than 6 million native hardwoods and cottonwoods in the Mississippi Delta.

  • NS in 2008 donated a conservation easement to permanently protect more than 12,000 acres at its Brosnan Forest property near Charleston, S.C. The property contains ecologically important longleaf pines and the largest colony of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on privately owned lands.

  • NS by the end of 2013 had reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 8 percent as part of its goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent per revenue ton-mile between 2009-2014.

  • NS in 2012 began contracting with a third-party auditing firm to provide independent review and verification of the railroad's greenhouse gas emissions data.

  • At Meridian, Miss., NS in 2012 became the first railroad to use 100 percent renewable diesel fuel at a rail terminal.

  • NS in 2009 created a prototype battery-operated switcher locomotive, the NS 999, the first of its kind in the industry.

  • NS has developed a carbon-mitigation strategy involving private and public partners to reduce the environmental impacts of its business operations.

  • NS in 2007 became the first railroad to appoint a corporate sustainability officer.