At Amtrak, we are involved and innovative whenever and wherever necessary to do our part to preserve our planet. It is one thing to provide energy efficient transportation, and quite another to help find 21st century solutions to our environmental needs.
Each year, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) presents the John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award to a railroad employee who has demonstrated the highest level of environmental stewardship during the previous year. This year, we are proud that Bob Costello, plant manager of our Delaware mechanical shops, was nominated for the award for his environmental contributions towards operating a safe and environmentally responsible railroad.
Over his 37-year career at Amtrak, Bob created a training program requiring all facility employees to receive instruction in storm water spill management and spill prevention, control and countermeasure regardless of job requirements. Five years ago, Bob began evaluating environmental performance in yearly employee reviews—becoming the first Amtrak plant manager to do so. Recently, challenged with closing Wilmington’s antiquated steam plant, Bob suggested installing individual heaters in each building, effectively retiring central steam operation to give Amtrak a combined fuel and labor savings of over $3 million annually.
Can we get a big “Woo-hoo” for Bob?
Read more about The John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award and all of the nominees.