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CSX Corporate Headquarters Achieves LEED® Certification
Fla. – October 22, 2013 – As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable
operations, CSX Corporation (NYSE:CSX) has obtained Leadership in Energy
& Environmental Design (LEED®) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its corporate headquarters.
further validates CSX’s long-term sustainability strategy, which promotes
energy efficiency and environmental stewardship throughout our entire
network,” said Carl Gerhardstein, assistant vice president of health,
environment and sustainability, CSX. “Rail is the most environmentally
friendly way to ship goods over land, and we continue to look for new
opportunities to invest in sustainable operations to benefit the
environment, our business and the communities we serve.”
1959, CSX’s 485,000-square-foot headquarters building in Jacksonville, Fla.
features more than 760 offices, 65 conference rooms and a state-of-the-art
health and wellness center. Since 2006, CSX has invested several hundred
thousand dollars to upgrade the facility with energy-efficient technologies
and environmentally friendly operating practices. The corporate headquarters
is the first facility on the CSX network to gain certification under the
USGBC’s rigorous “LEED® for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance”
rating system. Other LEED® Certified facilities on the CSX network include
terminals in North Baltimore, Ohio; Worcester, Mass.; and Florence,
Energy efficiency retrofits at the corporate headquarters include
HVAC optimization, efficient lighting upgrades, and installation of a white
roof that reflects sunlight, minimizing the “heat island” effect to reduce
the energy needed to cool the building. The facility’s water use is 30
percent more efficient than the baseline expectation for similar buildings,
an efficiency rating accomplished through water conservation measures
including high efficiency plumbing fixtures such as touch-free, low-volume
“Delivering the environmental benefits of sustainable
design is the result of years of hard work by our facilities team,” said
Steve Crosby, president of CSX Real Property, Inc., a CSX subsidiary
company. “Sustainability is deeply ingrained in the company’s daily
operations, and the enormous strides in energy efficiency at our
headquarters are a prime example of that philosophy at work.”
certification is one of several accolades CSX has received this year for its
commitment to environmental stewardship. The company was recently recognized
on the CDP S&P 500 Performance Leadership Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index – both of which highlight companies that have successfully reduced carbon emissions and are committed to environmental transparency. CSX employee Rick McNey received the John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award for outstanding environmental awareness and responsibility earlier this year.
“LEED® certification takes
planning, hard work and a deeply-rooted commitment to the environment,” said
Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building
Council. “We applaud CSX for its continued work to reduce its environmental
footprint and lead by example.”
From using solar energy to help power two
new CSX buildings in Worcester, Mass., to the installation of
energy-efficient LED fixtures at the Jacksonville Intermodal Terminal, CSX
is taking significant steps to update its existing infrastructure and
develop new facilities that feature the latest in sustainable technology.
More information about CSX’s environmental commitment is available at www.beyondourrails.org and www.csxcsr.com.
in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides
rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to
customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For more than 185 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation's economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation's population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.
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