PITT OHIO Celebrates Earth Day by Promoting a more Sustainable and Green Approach
Pittsburgh, PA (April 17th, 2015) - PITT OHIO, a transportation and logistics company in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, has long been committed to protecting and promoting a greener approach that nurtures the 3 P’s – "People, Planet & Profit." The company is focused on lowering its environmental impact, finding efficient transportation solutions for its customers, being a good corporate and community citizen, and supporting its employees.
"We continue to improve the environmental sustainability of our services across all aspects of our business," said Chuck Hammel, President of PITT OHIO. "Our sustainability goals are to continue to create value with our customers while conserving resources, protecting the environment, and improving social conditions."
PITT OHIO released its 3rd annual Sustainability Report detailing the company's progress in creating social, environmental and economic value in 2014. The Sustainabilty Report highlights the critical milestones achieved in 2014 including better-quality MPG performance and a reduction in electricity usage and carbon output. "We understand the impact our trucks have on the environment, the economy and our communities and we are committed to making the appropriate investments needed to improving our MPG performance," commented Denny Martin, Director of Vehicle Maintenance. "In 2014, we saw positive results from the 9 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles we introduced into our fleet. CNG vehicles are said to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by up to 20%."
PITT OHIO’s goal is to handle each shipment more efficiently. In 2014, PITT OHIO’s carbon per shipment went down another 1.4% due to reduced electricity usage and improved MPG. Chief Marketing Officer, Geoff Muessig said, "This marks 3 years in a row that we’ve documented an improvement in our carbon output. We are reducing the environmental footprint of our service while still delivering the quality and performance people expect from PITT OHIO."
PITT OHIO released CO2 Track to the public, which is the company’s patent pending carbon calculator. LTL shippers will have access to proprietary information that will help them measure the carbon output that is associated with the distribution of their products in the PITT OHIO network. "For the LTL industry, the challenge is to understand how much carbon to apportion to each shipment," said Manager of Market Research Justine Russo.
PITT OHIO’s CO2 Track combines the company’s proprietary costing calculations along with the patent-pending carbon calculator to allow each customer to estimate how much carbon was emitted when shipping their freight. <"For customers with carbon reduction strategies, this information is critical for understanding their Scope 3 emissions,” Russo continued. “We then take it one step further by partnering with Carbondfund.org to then allow customers to offset these emissions to create a carbon neutral shipping option."
LEED* Certified Terminal
PITT OHIO’s new Pittsburgh terminal, which opened in October, is the first LEED Certified Trucking Terminal in Western Pennsylvania. The 96,000 square foot complex in Harmar Township is home to a 100 dock door terminal for PITT OHIO, a state-of-the-art mechanic shop, and a 3 story office building. 68% of all buildings were made from recycled content and designed and constructed with the goal of reducing the impact on the environment throughout all phases of its life cycle, including: siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance and removal.
The new facility aligns with PITT OHIO’s commitment to a sustainable culture, and includes green landscape elements and energy efficient lighting, water, and heating and cooling. The building site orientation was situated to take advantage of maximum daylight capacities and includes large translucent window panels on the dock to allow for abundant natural light during the daytime.
The terminal is located on 32 developed acres at 1 Rich Hill Road in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, 13 miles from its previous location in the Strip District area of downtown Pittsburgh. PITT OHIO has maintained a presence in the Pittsburgh area for 35 years. The company’s corporate headquarters will remain in the Strip District at 15 27th Street.
*LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certified buildings save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy. Certified Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of LEED certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design. Certification level determined after one year of operation.
About PITT OHIO
In adhering to their "We´re Always There For You" signatue commitment, PITT OHIO is dedicated to providing their customers with the best value in its SUPPLY CHAIN, GROUND, Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) and TRUCKLOAD services. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, PITT OHIO services the entire Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions and the remainder of the United States, Canada and Mexico with The Reliance Network. To contact PITT OHIO, please visit their website at:www.pittohio.com.
For more information, please contact
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
PITT OHIO | 15 27th Street | Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: 800-366-7488 ext. 6313