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Daimler Trucks North America recognized for outstanding environmental efforts


RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources today recognized a Daimler Trucks North America, or DTNA, plant as a 2012 Environmental Steward for exceeding environmental performance at its Cleveland, N.C. plant.

An Environmental Steward is an organization that has demonstrated environmental leadership through its commitment to exemplary environmental performance beyond what is required by regulations. Environmental Stewards commit to reporting annually on their environmental performance. The state’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative started in 2002.

The award recognizes Daimler Trucks North America’s superior environmental performance, commitment to continued reduction of its environmental impact and demonstrated commitment to exceed compliance. The facility joins only 16 other facilities in the state that have achieved this recognition.

“Daimler Trucks North America demonstrates what it means to be a successful business with a strong environmental ethic,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “By achieving significant reductions in waste generation and energy usage, the North Carolina facility has shown thatthe demands of a growing businesscan go hand-in-hand withenvironmental protection.”

A 10-member advisory board appointed by the department’s secretary provides program direction and implementation. The board recommended the recognition for Daimler Trucks North America plant. Board membership includes people from industry, industry trade groups, environmental and nongovernmental groups, government, academia and small business.

The advisory board recognized Daimler Trucks North America for eliminating hazardous wastewater sludge due to material substitution and reducing its energy usage by 43 percent since 2008. The plant achieved its goal to reduce energy usage by changing lighting, replacing windows, and installing occupancy sensors and a solar array on site. The board also recognized the facility for its compliance history and commitment to continual improvement, including having an environmental management system certified since 2004 and fulfilling its commitment to reduce waste by achieving a zero waste-to-landfill goal. Heather Callahan is the environmental engineer for the Cleveland, N.C. plant, where Daimler Trucks North America produces Freightliner trucks.

“This achievement required a commitment by each and every one of the employees here,” Callahan said. “Everything received or produced by the company is used, reused, recycled, or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. Today, the Freightliner facility joins an elite group of landfill-free manufacturing facilities in the United States and is the third DTNA facility to do so.”

Sandra Carter, DTNA’s Environmental Engineering manager, added: “Daimler Trucks North America has an ongoing commitment to a holistic approach to achieving a sustainable future. As a pioneer in environmental technologies and manufacturing processes, we reach beyond standard requirements whenever possible to lead the way for the industry.”

For more information, visit the Environmental Stewardship Initiative’s website at or contact Angela Barger or Scott Fister with the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service at 919-707-8126 or 919-707-8131, respectively, or .

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