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Penske awarded for environmental efforts

Jason Cannon April 22, 2013

Penske Truck Leasing has been named a 2013 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award winner, the company announced this morning.

Penske is one of seven organizations nationwide to win this award, and the only transportation company to receive the honor.

We take pride in assisting our customers with becoming more sustainable while incorporating best practices within our own truck rentaltruck leasing and logistics operations,” Drew Cullen, Penske Truck Leasing Fuels and Telecommunications, says. 

The SmartWay Affiliate Challenge is a national challenge developed by EPA to acknowledge SmartWay Affiliates that have initiated and executed exceptional recruiting, promotional and marketing activities in support of the EPA’s goals to reduce truck emissions and improve freight efficiency.

Penske was recognized for several efforts in the SmartWay Transport Partnership, including: 

• The hosting of educational events for customers via webinars and one-on-one education, strategy and recruiting sessions

• Attending and presenting at sustainability conferences and college symposiums

• Ongoing recruiting of customers to join SmartWay

• Assisting customers with the completion of the program’s Truck Carrier FLEET models and helping them to establish Miles Per Gallon (MPG) and emissions benchmarking that correlate with SmartWay Carrier Performance Rankings

EPA launched SmartWay in 2004 to help business improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains. Today the Partnership consists of nearly 3,000 Partners, representing a cross section of the freight supply chain industry. 

As of today, SmartWay Partners have saved 65 million barrels of oil. This is equivalent to taking over 5 million cars off the road for an entire year. 

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