Tuesday, August 27, 2013

CSX, EDF partner on energy savings

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
For the fourth consecutive year, CSX participated in the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps, a program that pairs MBA student “fellows” with large corporations to design and support programs that drive energy efficiency.

This year’s CSX fellow, Hanyan Wu from the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, focused on solar energy opportunities and high-efficiency lighting projects across the company’s network. Wu also helped spearhead a project that is on track to bring the city of Jacksonville some of its first electric vehicle charging stations.

Wu focused on the feasibility of solar photovoltaic technology at three locations across the CSX network, as well as optimal locations for future efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. With the help of the CSX Public Safety, Health, and Environment Department, he also explored the possibility of bringing the first electric vehicle charging stations to downtown Jacksonville in the coming months. CSX said the proposed energy initiatives together would result in approximate savings of $240,000; 1,572 metric tons of carbon dioxide (the equivalent of 328 passenger vehicles); and 2 million kilowatt hours annually (enough to power 211 homes).

“CSX never stops searching for new ways to increase energy savings and implement more efficient technologies,” said CSX Assistant Vice President-Health, Environment, and Sustainability Carl Gerhardstein. “Year after year, our EDF fellows bring an invaluable outside perspective that helps keep CSX focused on sustainable, economical investments in our facilities and infrastructure."

“We are proud to have found such a loyal partner in CSX,” said EDF Managing Director Victoria Mills. “The company’s commitment to the EDF Climate Corps program reflects its dedication to environmental stewardship, and opens up exciting opportunities for both CSX and the student fellows who work there.”

Environmental Defense Fund is a national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. “Since 1967, EDF has linked science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost-effective solutions to society’s most urgent environmental problems,” the organization said.