For environmentalism in 2010, Norfolk Southern Corporation’s score improved to 71.28 of 100 points, and its ranking improved to 233 among the 500 largest publicly traded companies in America, according to NEWSWEEK magazine.
The evaluation reflects NS’ worldwide environmental footprint, based on more than 700 separate metrics; an assessment of the company’s green initiatives; and a poll of CEOs, environmental officers, and other green experts, according to NEWSWEEK.
Companies measured in the report were included by virtue of their revenue, market capitalization, and number of employees.
The NS numbers compared with 67.61 points and 338 overall in 2009.
"A benchmark such as this gives us useful perspective," said F. Blair Wimbush, NS’ vice president real estate and corporate sustainability officer. "Customers and communities expect us to set the pace for sustainability in the rail transportation arena. The rankings help validate that our green performance is solid and improving."
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, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.