NS, Trinity, GATX Earn Responsible Care® Awards

Written by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Norfolk Southern has received an American Chemistry Council award for it LEED® Gold-certified headquarters building in Atlanta, Ga.

Norfolk Southern has received an American Chemistry Council award for it LEED® Gold-certified headquarters building in Atlanta, Ga.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has recognized Norfolk Southern (NS), Trinity Industries and GATX for safety and environmental stewardship as part of its 2023 Responsible Care® Awards program. Also, Nisus Corporation has received ACC’s Responsible Care® certification.

NS was one of 15 ACC members to be selected for an Energy Efficiency award for “commendable achievements in improving energy efficiency and/or reducing greenhouse gas related or other environmental impacts.”

NS was recognized for its Atlanta, Ga., headquarters building, which opened in 2021. According to the Class I, sustainability initiatives at the LEED Gold certified building have led to a 16% reduction over the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard for overall energy use.

 “From design to construction and operations, it is important that our facilities reflect our commitment to sustainability,” NS Chief Sustainability Officer Josh Raglin said. “Our headquarters exemplifies that commitment. …”

Trinity and GATX were two of 50 ACC members to be chosen for a Facility Safety certificate award for “significant achievements in employee health and safety performance.” Trinity was also one of eight members to receive a Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling award for “substantial achievements.”

The awards were presented at the 2023 Responsible Care® & Sustainability Conference & Expo, held earlier this month. Award recipients were selected by a committee with subject-matter expertise, including representatives from academia, industry and other associations. 

Separately, Nisus Corporation reported earning ACC’s Responsible Care® certification, which it said requires participating chemical companies “to fully implement 12 important guiding principles based on environment, health, safety & security (EHS&S) and ethical business practices; openly report on metrics related to EHS&S; and undergo a rigorous third-party audit to ensure they are meeting EHS&S standards that far exceed industry and federal requirements for chemical manufacturing.” Certification also qualifies Nisus as a full ACC member.

“As a Responsible Care member, we commit to upholding the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care principles of striving to continually improve environment, health, safety, and security performance for our chemical operations,” said Lee Barrett, President of Nisus Corporation, which manufactures products for the preservation of wood (including crossties) and pest control and for the agricultural micronutrient industry. “We are required to collect and annually report performance data in many areas of our operation. The effort of our entire company, including the Executive team, operations, sales, marketing, product stewardship, and research and development, made this achievement possible. Special thanks go to Karson Guardado, Director of Quality and Design, who championed the Responsible Care project and was critical to our success.”

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