Peterbilt earns Texas clean air award

Peterbilt Motors Co. has earned the top clean air award given out by the North Texas Commission at a recent awards ceremony.

The commission named Peterbilt its North Texas Clean Air Champion at its ninth annual Working for Clean Awards. The 2013 awards feature 15 different category winners named from 26 applicant organizations representing more than 70,000 employees.

“We’re extremely pleased to be recognized by the North Texas Commission for our commitment to continuously improve Peterbilt’s environmental stewardship throughout all of our operations at all of our locations,” said Darrin Siver, Peterbilt general manager and Paccar vice president. “This includes developing and producing new technologies and products that help our customers optimize fuel efficiency and operate alternative fuel vehicles, such as natural gas trucks and tractors. We look forward to continuing this mission through our numerous employee-led clean air initiatives and environmental management systems.

“Peterbilt showed its environmental leadership through numerous initiatives that have resulted in significant air quality and waste reduction improvements,” said Robert Kent, director of environmental programs with the North Texas Commission. “We were impressed with the company’s Six Sigma approach to minimizing pollutants, the environmentally friendly product designs and that more than one-quarter of its employees used an alternative form of transportation for their commute.”

More than 25% of Peterbilt employees walk, bike or utilize the company’s extensive shuttle system to get to and from work. There are more than 70 carpool designated vehicles (four or more riders) and the company contracts a bus and nearly 20 vans to assist in employees’ commutes from throughout North Texas.

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