- THE MAGAZINE
Truckload, logistics and intermodal services provider Schneider National has achieved the distinction of Green Professional from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.
As a Green Professional, Schneider National has performed actions in each of nine sustainability areas and has earned more than 200 points in the Green Masters program sponsored by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.
“Though our company is usually associated with the color orange, we have a long-standing commitment to going green,” said Steve Matheys, Schneider’s Chief Administration Officer. “Having an independent and reputable organization such as the Green Masters Program recognize us in this way is certainly a sign that we are indeed doing the right thing the right way – for our customers, our communities and our planet.”
Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council, commented, “We are pleased to see continuous sustainable business improvement from Schneider National. This is the second year they have participated in the Green Masters Program, and we look forward to seeing the sustainability initiatives they implement in 2013.”
In 2012, Schneider National continued its 30-plus year commitment to operating one of the most energy efficient fleets in the industry. The company formed an Energy Committee to oversee energy-saving improvements at the company’s locations throughout North America. During the last 12 months, the committee managed energy audits at 14 of its facilities and adjusted facility and building energy usage based on the results. For example, new high-efficiency lighting was installed on the exterior of the company’s operating center in Portland, and interior lights in Schneider’s Green Bay buildings were changed from 32 Watt to 28 Watt (an energy savings of 12.5 percent).
The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council works with businesses in the state interested in becoming leaders in sustainability. It serves businesses at all stages of development by educating, facilitating information exchange between members, and providing support. The council, which also hosts an annual business conference and issues an annual State of the State Sustainability Report, seeks to promote Wisconsin as a gathering place for innovative and sustainable business.
The Green Professional designation is the second-highest tier in the Green Masters Program established by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Candidates are judged on a comprehensive range of sustainability issues from energy and natural resource use to community outreach and purchasing. Over 130 Wisconsin businesses participate in the program where the top twenty percent achieve the highest “Green Master” designation.