Lowe’s environmental performance and continued contributions to the freight transportation industry were recognized by the EPA’s SmartWay® Transport Partnership. Lowe’s received a 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award for implementing initiatives that resulted in reduced emissions, greater fuel efficiency and leading practices in supply chain operations. Lowe’s has collaborated with carriers to adopt innovative technologies and strategies while increasing the use of more fuel-efficient modes of transport, such as rail. Nearly 3,000 partners participate in SmartWay. Lowe’s is one of only two companies, and the only retailer shipper partner, ever to receive four consecutive SmartWay awards.
The EPA also honored Lowe’s with the 2012 WaterSense® Retail Partner of the Year award. Lowe’s is the first retailer to win a WaterSense award in four consecutive years. The Retail Partner of the Year award, our third in four years, honors Lowe’s for being on the cutting edge of water-efficiency innovation, collaboration and outreach. We received recognition for employee training, consumer education and national efforts that included supporting the Wasting Water Is Weird campaign to promote water conservation.