MOORESVILLE, N.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Lowe’s Companies the highest honors for industry leadership in its WaterSense and SmartWay programs. Tuesday, Lowe’s received the 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award for its environmental performance in the freight transportation industry. Last week, the EPA named Lowe’s the 2012 WaterSense Retailer Partner of the Year for its efforts to educate consumers about water-efficient products and practices.
Lowe’s is the first retailer to win a WaterSense award in four consecutive years and the only retail shipper partner to win four consecutive SmartWay Excellence Awards.
“These honors reflect the dedicated efforts of Lowe’s employees across the company as we continue to reduce our environmental impact while championing energy and water efficiency,” said Michael Chenard, Lowe’s director of corporate sustainability. “The recognition reinforces our long-standing partnership with the EPA to promote sustainable practices and programs.”
Lowe’s, a WaterSense partner since 2008, continues to expand efforts in stores, online and throughout local communities to increase awareness of the WaterSense brand and help consumers improve the overall efficiency of their homes. The EPA honored Lowe’s and four other partners of the year Thursday in Las Vegas. Lowe’s received recognition for employee training and national efforts that included supporting the Wasting Water Is Weird campaign to promote water conservation.
Lowe’s conservation strategies and continued contributions to the transportation industry also were honored in Las Vegas. To earn the 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award, Lowe’s implemented initiatives that resulted in reduced emissions and less overall highway congestion. Nearly 3,000 partners participate in the SmartWay Transport Partnership. Lowe’s is one of only two companies, and the only retailer, ever to receive four consecutive awards.
Since becoming a SmartWay partner in 2005, Lowe’s has collaborated with carriers to reduce emissions and adopt innovative technology while increasing its use of more fuel-efficient modes of transport, such as rail. The EPA program has helped Lowe’s carriers reduce highway travel by 560 million miles and resulted in diesel fuel savings of more than 100 million gallons and carbon savings of 1.2 million tons.