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UP publishes sustainability, citizenship report


Union Pacific Railroad recently published its 2011 Sustainability and Citizenship Report, which outlines the Class I’s efforts to improve environmental stewardship, safety, employee wellness, community outreach and customer satisfaction, and attain high ethics and corporate governance standards. The railroad also submitted its Carbon Disclosure Project filing.

Available on UP’s website, the report highlights that:
• the railroad received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence Award for emissions reduction innovation;
• the Class I purchased 100 new fuel-efficient locomotives in 2011 and plans to purchase an additional 200 in 2012;
• the Omaha headquarters became the largest LEED-certified building in Nebraska;
• the railroad captured and recycled more than 4 million gallons of used fuel and oil, and recycled 250,000 tons of metal and more than 3,000 tons of other waste; and
• the Class I’s employees established an all-time safety record for the fourth consecutive year in 2011.

The report also shows that public safety at grade crossings in 2011 improved 9 percent compared with 2010, and Corporate Responsibility named UP to its 100 Best Corporate Citizens list.

“We embrace the responsibility that comes with being a trusted transportation provider,” said Robert Turner, UP’s senior vice president of corporate relations, in a prepared statement.

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