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CSX to remain a 'Climate Corps' participant in 2011


Yesterday, CSX Corp. announced it will continue to participate in the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) Climate Corps for 2011.

A nonprofit organization, EDF aims to help companies identify environmental innovations and sustainability best practices. The Climate Corps program places top MBA students in companies to help develop energy efficiency plans designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and cut operating costs.

Last year, CSX and its fellow identified cost savings of more than $160,000, as well as ways to save 1.5 million kilowatts of electricity — enough to power 140 homes — and 940 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CSX previously has committed to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions 8 percent by 2011.

“We are constantly seeking ways to improve energy efficiency across our network, and we look forward to continuing our work with EDF to identify additional improvements,” said Carl Gerhardstein, CSX’s assistant vice president of environmental systems and sustainability, in a prepared statement.

For details on CSX’s sustainability practices and plans, follow this link to rebroadcast a webcast Progressive Railroading presented on Jan. 25. During the event, titled “Green for All: How Railroads are Creating Pro-Planet Initiatives that Better the Bottom Line,” Gerhardstein reviewed the Class I’s environmental initiatives and ways the rail industry can enhance eco-friendly programs.