The logbook is a weekly recap of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Lineage Logistics launches Foundation for Good, Trucking Cares Foundation honors Walmart driver, and JB Hunt wins 12th consecutive EPA award.
Lineage Logistics Launches Non-Profit Organization to Reduce Food Waste
Global temperature-controlled logistics solutions provider Lineage Logistics announced Thursday it has launched the Lineage Foundation for Good to help reduce food waste and provide reliable access to needy communities around the world.
Established with a $ 3 million donation from Lineage Logistics, the foundation plans to use the company’s expertise in food supply chains. It plans to leverage its access to cold rooms, global distribution partners and data scientists to improve industrial processes, eliminate food waste, and distribute perishable and non-perishable items in global food deserts, which are areas where people have limited access to nutritious and affordable food.
“Given our role in the food supply chain, Lineage has recognized that we are in a unique position to leverage our global network of resources to make an impact in the communities where we live and work,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, President and CEO of Lineage.
“The Lineage Foundation for Good creates a real-time link to redirect quality products from food producers and manufacturers to donations that might otherwise go to waste,” he said. “The foundation will further fuel our goal of helping feed the world and reinventing the global food ecosystem by limiting its environmental impact through food waste.”
Darcee Scavone, Vice President of Talent, Culture and Community Engagement at Lineage, will coordinate initiatives between the company and the foundation.
In the statement, Scavone explained that the foundation would leverage the company’s long-term partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network and Feeding America to facilitate global food and financial donations for its nonprofit efforts.
“The efforts to alleviate hunger and reduce food loss and waste are interdependent and vitally important,” said Lisa Moon, CEO and President of the Global FoodBanking Network. “Lineage Logistics has already demonstrated its commitment to solving these problems by partnering with food banks globally, and the creation of the Lineage Foundation for Good further underscores this commitment.
Trucking Cares Honors Walmart Driver With Excellence Award
At the American Trucking Associations (ATA) Management Conference and Exhibition on Monday, the Trucking Cares Foundation presented Walmart Transportation (NYSE: WMT) Professional Driver John Lex with the Premier Achievement Award of the foundation.
The Trucking Cares Foundation serves the industry by promoting research, education, leadership development and other charitable activities. Since 2018, the foundation has honored an individual or a company for their generosity towards the trucking industry, in particular by making a donation to the 501 (c) (3) charity of their choice.
Lex was honored with this year’s award for his commitment to safety and education through the ATA U.S. Road Team, of which he has captained since 2013.
“[Lex] is a 32-year veteran, with 3.1 million accident-free miles. He is husband and father of two sons; a strong advocate for ATA issues who always values and shares the image of our industry – a true leader, ”said Chris Spear, President and CEO of ATA.
“As a road team captain, he has been a tireless advocate for his fellow drivers, a representative of all the dedicated, patriotic and loyal people who make up this industry. He is a true example of leadership and it is an honor to present him with this award, ”said Spear.
JB Hunt Wins 12th Consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award
In a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that supply chain solutions provider JB Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) received its 12th consecutive SmartWay Award of Excellence for its initiatives in sustainable development over the past year.
With more than 4,000 companies nominated, JB Hunt and 72 other carriers received the Award of Excellence for their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, as more than 34% of carbon dioxide emissions come from transportation.
In 2020, JB Hunt claims to have reduced more than 3.5 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by converting truck loads into intermodal shipments, equivalent to taking more than 750,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
Thanks to its charge optimization technology, it also avoided 4.3 million empty kilometers and completed its first delivery of Class 8 heavy-duty electric vehicles.
“We are honored to once again be recognized with the EPA SmartWay Award of Excellence,” said Craig Harper, Director of Sustainability and Executive Vice President of JB Hunt. “Developing a sustainable supply chain remains at the forefront of our business strategy, and we will continue to adopt resources and technologies that reduce carbon emissions and encourage efficiency. “
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