Peterbilt named North Texas Clean Air Champion

Jason Cannon

November 11, 2013

peterbiltPeterbilt Motors Company has been dubbed North Texas Clean Air Champion by The North Texas Commission, who recently announced the winners of the 2013 “Working for Clean Air Awards.”

In its ninth year, the awards program recognizes organizations in the region that demonstrate outstanding efforts to improve local air quality.

More than 25 organizations representing over 75,000 employees in the North Texas region applied for the award this year.

“We’re extremely pleased to be recognized by the North Texas Commission for our commitment to continuously improve Peterbilt’s environmental stewardship throughout all of our operations at all of our locations,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “This includes developing and producing new technologies and products that help our customers optimize fuel efficiency and operate alternative fuel vehicles, such as natural gas trucks and tractors. We look forward to continuing this mission through our numerous employee-led clean air initiatives and environmental management systems.”

Peterbilt commands approximately 40 percent of all Class 6-8 natural gas truck sales and has been manufacturing these types of vehicles for nearly 20 years.

“Peterbilt showed its environmental leadership through numerous initiatives that have resulted in significant air quality and waste reduction improvements,” said Robert Kent, Director of Environmental Programs with the North Texas Commission. “We were impressed with the company’s Six Sigma approach to minimizing pollutants, the environmentally friendly product designs and that more than one-quarter of its employees used an alternative form of transportation for their commute.”

Regarding the latter, more than 25 percent of Peterbilt employees walk, bike or utilize the company’s extensive shuttle system to get to and from work. There are more than 70 carpool designated vehicles (four or more riders) and the company contracts a bus and nearly 20 vans to assist in employees’ commutes from throughout North Texas.

Another initiative noted by the North Texas Commission was a no-idle policy at all of its locations that limit vehicles to five minutes of idle time.

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