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Conservation Capitalism: Mitigating Carbon Through Nature

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Norfolk Southern’s community conservation program, Trees and Trains, turns the railroad’s carbon footprint into a corporate opportunity. Through reforestation and land conservation partnerships, Trees and Trains mitigates greenhouse gas emissions from business operations and generates environmental, economic, and social benefits.

Norfolk Southern: Economic Impact in Operating States

Generating positive economic impacts
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Norfolk Southern generates substantial positive economic benefits in states where the railroad operates. Employee salaries and wages are spread throughout local communities, including at restaurants, automobile dealers, and retail stores. The company purchases goods and supplies from vendors, helping to support local businesses, jobs, and economies. The railroad’s payments of local and state taxes help support education, law enforcement, and other government services.

Controlling Energy Use at Norfolk Southern

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“If you save a kilowatt hour, you’re saving carbon, so sustainability and energy usage are really intertwined. We truly do want to work with sustainability and do what’s right to improve our corporate responsibility.” Andy Paul, senior manager energy and facility services

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“If you save a kilowatt hour, you’re saving carbon, so sustainability and energy usage are really intertwined. We truly do want to work with sustainability and do what’s right to improve our corporate responsibility.” Andy Paul, senior manager energy and facility services

NS: Exploring Fuel Alternatives

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“Our primary interest in natural gas is the possibility of a reduced-emissions locomotive. A lot of municipalities concerned about exceeding federal clean air standards have expressed interest in this concept.” – Allen Rider, manager locomotive engineering

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“Our primary interest in natural gas is the possibility of a reduced-emissions locomotive. A lot of municipalities concerned about exceeding federal clean air standards have expressed interest in this concept.” – Allen Rider, manager locomotive engineering

NS: Making Connections

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“Our mission is not only to educate the public about what we do and how we do it, but also to share an inside look at what it means to be a railroader. We have a lot of pride in our craft and we want to convey that in our communications.”

 -- Stacey Hugo, director public relations

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“Our mission is not only to educate the public about what we do and how we do it, but also to share an inside look at what it means to be a railroader. We have a lot of pride in our craft and we want to convey that in our communications.”

 -- Stacey Hugo, director public relations

NS: Saving Fuel with LEADER

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Norfolk Southern continues to advance development of LEADER train-handling technology, the railroad’s flagship fuel-efficiency initiative.

In late 2014, the company piloted a new auto-control feature that enables LEADER to automatically adjust a locomotive’s throttle speed and dynamic braking. Rollout of the new feature is occurring during 2015, starting on the railroad’s Georgia Division.

NS: Giving Back and Going Green

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On a late fall weekend, more than 30 Norfolk Southern employees, family members, and friends joined efforts in Midtown Atlanta for a “hands on, gloves on” day sprucing up the walking paths and running tracks at Piedmont Park.

NS partnered with the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Georgia Conservancy on the cleanup, an example of employee volunteerism and the railroad’s commitment to the communities it serves. The park, an urban oasis of green space less than a half-mile from NS’ Goode Building, is used by many employees to picnic, walk, jog, and enjoy the outdoors.

Safe, Sound, and Serviceable: Norfolk Southern’s Bridge Infrastructure

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When it comes to the design, construction, and maintenance of Norfolk Southern’s nearly 10,000 railroad bridges, there’s a lot more than meets the eye.

Benefiting the Environment and Business, Norfolk Southern Increases Commitment to Land Conservation in South Carolina

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CHARLESTON, S.C., November 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – Norfolk Southern has expanded protection of ecologically significant land in South Carolina’s coastal plain through a conservation easement and a wetlands restoration project that benefits the environment and economic growth.

NS: Gains In Workforce Diversity

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“There is a concentrated outreach effort around increasing recruitment of females, especially in operations. Having women in our workforce who are successful helps, because that makes it easier for us to recruit and retain more women. It doesn’t matter where you are in a company, if you can’t look around and see people like yourself, you’re going to ask, ‘Is this the place for me?’”  ~ Cindy Earhart
Executive Vice President, Administration, Norfolk Southern

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