NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern has joined the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit, membership-based organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
Through its latest public-private partnership initiative, the Crescent Corridor Intermodal Freight Program, NS will capitalize on the inherent efficiencies of rail transportation to substantially reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the Crescent Corridor program, NS has committed to submitting buildings from three of its proposed intermodal terminals in Birmingham, Ala., Greencastle, Pa., and Memphis, Tenn., for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification.
Norfolk Southern is USGBC’s first Class I railroad member.
“Railroads are the most environmentally friendly means of moving the goods that move the economy,” said NS CEO Wick Moorman. “Norfolk Southern’s goal is to lead the industry in emissions reduction, efficient energy use, and environmentally focused public-private partnerships.”
“LEED certified buildings are environmentally responsible and healthier places to live or work,” Governor Ed Rendell said. “Pennsylvania has been in the forefront of developing high-performance buildings – second only to California in the number of LEED certified projects. Our Energy Independence Strategy will help us do even more for our environment. This component of Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor Program adds further value to this smart and environmentally friendly infrastructure investment.”
“Now as America and the world begin making a historic transition to a green economy, we look to make Alabama a leader in science and technology,” said Governor Bob Riley. “Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor Program is one such project that will connect Alabama to the global markets, promote economic development, and protect the environment. Alabama will continue to be an active partner in these collaborations that foster an environment of progress, competitiveness, and innovation.”