CSX is one of North America's largest transportation companies, moving consumer goods, cars, coal and more throughout much of the eastern U.S. and Canada. Offering direct service to 23 states and spanning more than 21,000 miles, CSX is an essential part of the American economy, giving the company a unique opportunity to have a strong positive impact on the environment. In its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, CSX details the innovations and advancements that have enabled it to reduce fuel consumption, cut greenhouse gas emissions and reclaim reusable materials.

The demand for freight transportation is expected to increase by 60 percent in the next 30 years, so meeting that need in a responsible way is more important than ever.  While financial performance is important, CSX sees environmental stewardship as a crucial component of its business plan.

The company has improved fuel efficiency by more than 90 percent since 1980, and has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 6-8 percent by the year 2020. Event Recorder Automated Download Technology (ERAD), which provides feedback to engineers on how to improve fuel efficiency, saved 5.4 million gallons of fuel in 2011, contributing to a total savings of more than 20 million gallons over the last four years.

CSX recycled 2.3 million gallons of used oil, more than 700,000 pounds of batteries, more than 300,000 pounds of steel and 2.88 million cross ties in 2011. In the company’s Jacksonville, Fla. division, an intensive "No Spike Left Behind" cleanup effort reclaimed $2 million in materials that were reused or recycled.

CSX is also dedicated to workforce diversity, facility safety and the health of its employees. The company has invested heavily in 37 on-site health and wellness centers as well as programs addressing health, nutrition, physical activity and workplace safety.

The company's social and environmental efforts extend beyond its own employees to the community at large. CSX increased charitable giving by 80 percent over the previous year, aiding partners like Future Farmers of America and the Alliance for Community Trees. Teaming up with NASCAR and NCAA basketball, CSX also promoted its “Play it Safe” campaign to increase awareness at railroad crossings among 18-34 year old males, the demographic most likely to be affected by railroad crossing incidents.

Encouraging employees to be active and engaged in community efforts is important, too. Through its Dollars for Doers program, CSX donated $10 for every hour an employee volunteered at a nonprofit organization to the charity of that employee's choice.

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