Schneider has been awarded the EPA SmartWay Excellence Award for the seventh time.

Presented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the award recognizes Schneider for outstanding leadership in freight supply chain energy and environmental performance. The award is the EPA’s highest recognition for organizations that significantly reduce the environmental impacts of the freight sector and is reserved for the top 2 percent of SmartWay’s 3,000 members.

An original member of the EPA’s voluntary SmartWay program, Schneider has worked towards the EPA’s fuel reduction and environmental performance goals to earn the recognition.

“As the SmartWay program completes its 12th year, EPA recognizes its top Carrier Partners for their commitment to an efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation supply chain,” said Christopher Grundler, EPA’s Office Director of Transportation & Air Quality. “We all depend on the freight sector, and these award-winning SmartWay carriers have demonstrated that it is possible to compete in this space while placing an emphasis on environmental integrity, allowing for reduced fuel costs which increase revenue while also lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”

“We have a long history of sustainability and energy conservation– we’ve been green almost as long as we’ve been orange,” explains Steve Matheys, Schneider’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “Operating an energy-efficient fleet makes good sense for our customers, our business and the environment, which is why Schneider continues to invest millions of dollars annually into testing and implementing green technologies.”

Matheys pointed out that Schneider has shared 20 fuel-efficient features it has implemented and even more that are being tested in order to maintain an environmentally friendly fleet. These practices can stand as example for carriers and shippers looking to go green.

“Shippers that want to reduce their carbon footprint can do so simply by tendering freight to transportation providers with a demonstrated commitment to running an energy-efficient fleet. When the carrier is greener, the shipper is greener, and the shipper’s supply chain overall is more sustainable,” added Matheys.

Shippers interested in learning what qualifications to look for when choosing a green carrier can learn more in Schneider’s white paper “A Sustainable Future: How to Choose a Transportation Supplier That Shares Your Commitment to Environmental Conservation,” which outlines a two-step process shippers can utilize to move toward a greener business.

To learn more about Schneider’s commitment to running an environmentally friendly fleet, visit Schneider.com/sustainability.