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Home improvement giant honored by EPA

BY Marianne Wilson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized The Home Depot for its eco-friendly freight transportation efforts.

The chain received a 2016 SmartWay Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year for its contributions to cleaner, healthier air and reducing carbon emissions by hauling all freight with environmentally and energy efficient carriers.

A charter member of the EPA’s SmartWay program, The Home Depot utilizes a number of clean transportation best practices including truckload optimization, greenhouse Gases (GHG) data collecting and reporting, and by requiring that all carriers be current SmartWay partners.

In 2015, The Home Depot shipped 4,000 fewer trucks, helping to avoid 4.132 metric tons of CO2 emissions. The company audits carriers annually to ensure that data is properly submitted to the EPA.

“We’re honored to be recognized by SmartWay, alongside so many companies in our industry who are leading by example with their efforts,” said Michelle Livingstone, VP of transportation at The Home Depot.

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