Norfolk Southern Corporation today announced the recipients of its inaugural Thoroughbred Sustainability Partner Awards. The awards recognize Norfolk Southern partner companies who are leaders in the categories of Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Environmental Stewardship. The fifteen Thoroughbred Sustainability Partner Awards winners are:

Energy EfficiencyInnovationEnvironmental Stewardship
Honoring corporate programsthat achieve significant energyefficiency savings. Recognizing innovations thathave significantly contributedto a more sustainable future.Celebrating efforts thatpromote stewardship of theenvironment.

Ford Motor CompanyGeorgia Ports AuthorityNARSTCO
J.B. Hunt TransportLoram Maintenance of WayOutokumpu
Marathon PetroleumThe Port of VirginiaPaper Transport
Schneider NationalUPSProgress Rail


TRAC Intermodal

"Sustainability is embedded in every facet of our organization, including helping our customers reduce their supply chain emissions," said Norfolk Southern Chief Sustainability Officer Josh Raglin. "The more we encourage and recognize our stakeholders for their collaboration with partners, the quicker we will all achieve measurable progress toward our shared sustainability goals. We recognize and honor these partners for their leadership with the inaugural Thoroughbred Sustainability Partner Awards."

A cross-department team from Norfolk Southern reviewed applications for their measurable progress during 2021. Winners were selected based on their program's novelty, relevance, and impact. The award recipients collectively demonstrated outstanding achievements toward energy efficiency, innovation, and environmental stewardship. Achievements by the honorees included:

  • Diverting 17 million pounds of waste from landfills
  • Avoiding more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions
  • Eliminating 5.2 million miles of diesel fuel burn annually
  • Achieving a 30% reduction in fuel consumption, saving 225,000 gallons annually
  • Removing abandoned fishing nets and lines in the ocean and converting them to auto parts, mitigating some of the estimated 700,000 tons of fishing gear discarded annually

Norfolk Southern will honor these winners at a ceremony at its headquarters in Atlanta in January 2023. The event will also mark the first meeting of Norfolk Southern's Partner Council. Membership of the council is comprised of these award winners, and Norfolk Southern will facilitate periodic engagements to further sustainability efforts, share initiatives, and learn from one another in a collaborative environment.