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The Association of American Railroads yesterday named Norfolk Southern Corp.'s Jamie Helmer the recipient of the 2022 John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award.
NS' director of fuel efficiency, Helmer has been a key part of driving improvements in fuel sourcing, efficiency and conversion that helps the company move toward its target of reducing emissions intensity 42% by 2034, AAR officials said in a press release.
Under her leadership, the Class I's fuel efficiency has climbed 7%, saving nearly 47 million gallons of fuel and avoiding more than 470,000 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions in the past two years.
"Jamie Helmer has been a driving force behind Norfolk Southern’s innovative, top-to-bottom approach to reducing its footprint in the near-term and laying the groundwork for even greater advancements into the future," said AAR President and CEO Ian Jefferies.
Other award nominees included Curtis Fernandez of CN; David Kosia of CSX; Karen Monroy of Kansas City Southern de Mexico; Grace Olsen of Union Pacific Railroad; Devon Parson of Amtrak; Danny Rodriguez of BNSF Railway Co.; and Dan Sabatka of Canadian Pacific.