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The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is part of an elite group of seven SmartWay affiliates being honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2013 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award. The EPA is recognizing the winning affiliates on the SmartWay program’s website, in its e-newsletter and in industry trade publications as part of the agency’s Earth Day activities.
“RILA’s retail members value the tools and support provided by EPA SmartWay,” noted Adam Siegel, VP of sustainability and retail operations for the Arlington, Va.-based trade association, “and we appreciate every opportunity to share their work with our members.”
EPA’s SmartWay Affiliate Challenge recognizes SmartWay affiliates that have initiated and executed exceptional recruiting, promotional and marketing activities in support of shared goals to lower truck emissions and enhance freight efficiency.
The challenge was open to all SmartWay affiliates, and participating organizations submitted an application and supporting materials describing their various accomplishments from March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013.
“I commend the Retail Industry Leaders Association for promoting sustainable transportation to their members through the SmartWay Transport Partnership,” said Christopher Grundler, EPA’s director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “The level of commitment, enthusiasm and creativity demonstrated by this year’s honorees are helping us achieve our mutual goals for cleaner air and a more sustainable transportation supply chain.”
Introduced in 2004 to help businesses improve the sustainability of their freight supply chains, SmartWay now consists of nearly 3,000 partners representing a cross-section of the freight supply chain industry. To date, SmartWay partners have saved 65 million barrels of oil, the equivalent of taking more than 5 million cars off the road for a year.