Union Pacific Railroad Employees Make Environmental Stewardship a Priority at Work and Home

OMAHA, Neb. — At work and home, Union Pacific Railroad employees continue to make environmental stewardship a priority.

“A growing number of employees are encouraging environmental stewardship among others,” said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific vice president – Safety, Security and Environment. “Whether working on our locomotives that can move a ton of freight nearly 500 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel, being part of the track renewal team that helps our company reuse 93 percent of our railroad ties, or recycling newspapers at home, every action makes a difference.”

For example, Estella Johnson, manager-crew utilization for Union Pacific in West Colton, Calif., established a recycling program at the company’s West Colton administration building. Through increased awareness led by Johnson’s efforts, employees found ways to recycle printer paper, cardboard, delivery pallets, water bottles and cans. Money saved by recycling in 2010 was donated to disadvantaged children and to provide support for a deceased co-worker’s family.