Employees recognized for conservation efforts
2012 Destination Green Updates
Conserving precious resources can range from simple activities like turning off lights to more elaborate measures involving installation of sophisticated equipment and systems.
It all adds up to millions of dollars in cost savings and a significant amount of those savings can be attributed to the efforts of the 2012 YRC Worldwide Destination Green Environmental Excellence Award winners. This year's group of honorees consists of the entire teams at the Des Moines, IA customer service center and terminal 555 in San Antonio, TX, and seven individuals, six of whom work for YRC Freight.
YRC Worldwide is an industry leader in promoting programs that conserve energy and fuel and enhance sustainability," said Mike Kelley, vice president of public affairs and chief sustainability officer. This program recognizes employees, departments and terminals for leadership in environmental stewardship and underscores our commitment to continuing excellence. We look forward to honoring more employees next year."
Brief profiles on each 2012 winner appear below.
Des Moines, Iowa, customer service center
Energy conservation is top of mind at the center where 275 employees were challenged to improve efforts in going green, reduce costs and establish best practices to support a more environmentally friendly place to work. Their efforts to conserve include turning off computer monitors at the end of shifts, using motion sensors on lights, regulating the thermostat and expanding their recycling program from paper only to include glass, plastic, aluminum and packing material.
San Antonio, Texas, terminal
The entire team (56 employees) works together to find ways to promote sustainability. Their paper recycling efforts keep about a ton of paper a month out of the landfill. "We as a group looked at how much paper and paper products we throw in the dumpster and wanted an alternative that would be environmentally responsible and reduce the cost for trash removal," said Eric Scheuneman, terminal manager at 555. "We contacted a recycling company and made arrangements for three rolling bins to be placed in key areas of the office and dock. Then, we met with employees and got buy-in to the process. The company comes free of charge every other week to swap out the bins. YRC Freight saves money and, we hope, a few trees in the process."
Herschel Evans, city driver, USF Holland, Atlanta
Herschel was 2012 Georgia Driver of the Year and competed in the National Truck Driving Championships. His position in the industry gives him the opportunity to promote sustainable driving practices.
Steve Fields, road driver, Kansas City, Mo., terminal
Steve practices fuel-efficient, sustainable driving techniques at all times. When speaking at industry and media events or to children in classrooms across the country, Steve draws on his years of experience as a road driver and as a former America's Road Team captain to talk about his passion for safety and the environment.
Bryan Haggard, equipment manager, Harrisburg, Pa., terminal
In addition to his regular duties as equipment manager, Brian took on the management of a biodiesel tank blending facility financed largely by a state grant. The blending facility eliminates splash mixing of biodiesel, saving the company money and significantly reducing the company's carbon footprint in the area.
Kevin Oakleaf, counsel, Overland Park, Kan.
Kevin provides leadership for the company's participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program, which is the industry standard by which all trucking companies are judged. His work helped set corporate goals for compliance that customers look for when choosing a transportation partner.
Heather Preseau, operations support specialist, Pontiac, Mich., terminal
Heather champions sustainability by reminding all terminal personnel to recycle paper, cans and bottles and conserve electricity. She leads by example, using natural light to do her work, saving electricity and light bulbs, and rescuing recyclable items.
Steve Shinners, property management director, Overland Park
Steve was part of the team that secured a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to install a biodiesel blending facility at Harrisburg. Steve oversaw the design of the program and kept it on budget. The use of biodiesel at Harrisburg will significantly lower the carbon footprint as it reduces the amount of CO2 from exhaust emissions that would have been generated when trucking in fuel.
Harry Weng, project manager, Overland Park
Harry developed and manages the YRC Freight electronic pricing publication system. Pricing documents are now emailed directly to the sales force and customers. Since the inception of the system, more than 200,000 documents have been generated and emailed. At an average of five pages per document, that is 1 million pages that have not been printed, sorted and mailed, saving the company money and saving precious natural resources.