Norfolk Southern Corporation today introduced a new Web site to communicate about its sustainability efforts.
To visit the site, go to www.nscorp.com/footprints or from the NS home page at www.nscorp.com click the “learn more about NS and the environment” tag.
Asking “What footprints will we leave in the world,” the site outlines NS’ broad-based sustainability initiative. That includes developing public-private partnerships to improve the nation’s rail transportation network while supporting the economy; focusing on safety to benefit employees and communities; minimizing use of natural resources; and reducing, reusing, and finding alternatives for commonly used railroad materials.
“An important part of sustainability on the railroad involves employee, customer, and supplier input,” said F. Blair Wimbush, vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer. “We invite visitors to use the ‘Your Ideas’ area of the new Web site to submit their thoughts - whether individual or global in concern – about how we can become better environmental citizens.”
Another feature of the site is NS’ “Green Machine” carbon footprint analyzer. The Green Machine illustrates how shippers can reduce emissions as rail becomes a larger component of supply chains. The calculator shows how many automobiles would have to be taken off highways, and how many trees would need to be planted, in order to achieve air quality improvements equivalent to those offered by greater use of rail.
NS is a member of the S.E.E. Change (Society, Environment, Economy) initiative of the Business Roundtable and recently was named to the list of 100 Best Citizens for 2008 by CRO (Corporate Responsibility Officer) Magazine.
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serving every major container port in the eastern United States and providing superior connections to western rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is North America’s largest rail carrier of metals and automotive products.