Old Dominion Sustainability: Q&A with Jayna Long
Describe Old Dominion’s commitment to corporate sustainability.
Old Dominion has made a promise to customers, shareholders and employees alike to enhance our corporate sustainability efforts. As we continue our rapid global expansion, it is increasingly important for us to be mindful of our company’s impact on the environment. We’re always exploring ways to reduce our carbon footprint – because our commitment to sustainability is another promise we will keep.
How does Old Dominion deliver on this commitment?
Old Dominion consistently demonstrates its commitment to sustainability by utilizing advanced technologies, implementing driver training initiatives and enhancing new construction specs. We are actively researching and developing progressive corporate practices that reduce the company’s carbon footprint globally.
What are some of the new technologies Old Dominion is using to improve corporate-wide sustainability?
Old Dominion is adopting industry-leading technologies to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Some of these advancements include wide-based tires, automatic tire inflation, improved aerodynamics and instruments that optimize freight logistics. Collectively, these advancements are helping our company reduce our carbon footprint with every shipment.
What are some the company’s sustainability best practices?
We’re making several large-scale improvements to our facilities and operations to extend our environmental stewardship. For example, we opened our first LEED-certified service center in Canton, Ohio, in 2011. This facility is projected to save approximately 19.7 percent in energy and reduce an estimated 31,000 gallons in water usage annually.
The Vault Logistics center located at our Thomasville, North Carolina, headquarters is another example of how we make sustainability a core part of how we do business. The center is now equipped with a 1.8 megawatt Solar PV installation, making it the state’s third largest roof-mounted installation. We’re using this solar project to determine the feasibility of installing alternative power sources in other facilities in our network.
What are some of the other steps Old Dominion has taken to incorporate sustainability into its everyday efforts?
From creating more efficient lighting systems to implementing corporate-wide waste and recycling programs, we’re working daily to reduce our company’s impact on the environment at each of our 218 service centers we operate and at our corporate headquarters.
What makes Old Dominion’s sustainability efforts different from any other LTL carrier in the industry?
Like many companies, Old Dominion has made sustainability an integral component of our strategic daily operations. We are actively exploring new and meaningful ways to make lasting changes that will reduce our power usage, waste, pollution and consumption without compromising our promise to deliver superior service that exceeds our customers’ expectations.
Our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. This year, Old Dominion was chosen as a 2012 G75 Green Supply Chain partner by Inbound Logistics. We have also been named a “Top Green Shop” by Fleet Equipment magazine and Citgo Petroleum.
For more information about Old Dominion, visit www.odfl.com or call (800) 432-6335.
About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODFL) is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL service and value-added logistics services. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers its customers a broad range of logistics services including ground and air expedited transportation, supply chain consulting, transportation management, truckload brokerage, container delivery, warehousing and consumer household moving services. Through marketing and carrier relationships, the Company also offers door-to-door international freight services to and from all of North America, Central America, South America and the Far East. For more than 78 years, Old Dominion has been helping the world keep promises. In 2012, the company was named as one of America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes magazine and ranked as the No. 1 National LTL carrier by Mastio & Company as part of the company’s 2011 Value and Loyalty Benchmarking Study. More information can be found at www.odfl.com.