Awards and Recognition

At CSX, we know that People Make the Difference. Our employees are dedicated to safeguarding the environment and have been widely recognized for their achievements by our neighbors, customers and business partners.

CSX Recognized as a Top 10 Company in the S&P 500 on both the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index and the Carbon Performance Leadership Index
In 2012, CSX earned a place on the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the third consecutive year, and for the first time is recognized on the CDP Global 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. These leadership indices recognize companies that display a strong commitment to climate change information disclosure.

CSX is the only railroad listed on either disclosure index and its score of 95 was the fourth-highest on the 53-company S&P 500 CDLI and second-highest for S&P industrial companies. The score also placed the company fourth among all global industrial companies.

CSX’s score was based on the company’s responses to CDP’s questionnaire, which focuses on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets and the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. The CDP represents 655 institutional investors with $78 trillion in assets.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information.  CDP harnesses the power of market forces, including 655 institutional investors with assets of US $78 trillion, to collect information from companies on their greenhouse gas emissions and assessment of climate change and water risk and opportunity.  CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change and water data and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions.  Please visit  to find out more.

The John H. Chafee Environmental Award, presented by the Association of American Railroads, recognizes an individual railroad employee who has demonstrated outstanding environmental performance in the area of environmental awareness and responsibility. In the past few years, the following CSX employees have been awarded the John H. Chafee Environmental Award for their achievements:

  • Rick McNey was honored for leading efforts to reduce the environmental footprint at the Curtis Bay Pier in Baltimore, Md.
  • Michael E. O'Malley was recognized for his leadership in energy conservation and reduction at CSXT facilities.
  • Donald L. Robey was recognized for his work designing, piloting and implementing a horsepower-reduction program that reduces fuel consumption and locomotive emissions.
  • Russell V. Glidden was honored for his management of a wastewater-treatment facility that allowed for a stormwater pond to be turned into a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Robert D. Toms was recognized for his dedication to the CSXT Hazmat Sentinel Program and environmental emergency training for local first-response teams.
  • Ted Stewart was acknowledged for his role on the team that designed and implemented the Auxiliary Power Unit, a device that conserves fuel and reduces emissions.
  • Mike Bethge was recognized for his work developing hazardous materials planning and response practices.

The North American Environmental Employee Excellence Award, presented by the Association of American Railroads, honors the industry's top environmental professional. The following CSX employees have received this award:

  • Paul Kurzanski's accomplishments include the successful management of approximately 125 environmental remediation projects in 6 states (Illinois, Indiana, entucky, Michigan, New York and Ohio) and the development and implementation of CSXT's Environmental Leased Property Review and Lab Management programs. Kurzanski also is the author of 19 key Environmental Management System documents covering programs, processes and instructions. These written standards are essential to CSXT's management of environmental programs.
  • Keith Brinker was recognized for his many environmental achievements over his 28-year railroading career. Among his accomplishments, Brinker established CSXT's first Environmental Operations Department and organized CSXT's internal Environmental Crimes Unit (ECU), which ensures compliance with government and company regulations.
  • Hank Cox was recognized for his wealth of knowledge and experience in environmental and hazardous material management. Cox has served as an instructor at the AAR's hazmat training center in Pueblo, Colo., where he has taught thousands of people in emergency response.

EPA Climate Leadership Award
CSX won a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Climate Leadership Award in the Goal Achievement category. The award recognizes CSX’s 8 percent voluntary reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity since 2007.

CSX was the first transportation company to become a Climate Leaders Program Partner in March 2007 and reached its voluntary 8 percent greenhouse gas emissions intensity goal in 2010, one year ahead of schedule. By meeting this goal, CSX reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 million metric tons – the equivalent of taking 296,000 cars off the road for one year, or consuming more than 3.5 million fewer barrels of oil. In 2012, the company announced a goal to further reduce GHG emissions intensity, committing to an additional 6 to 8 percent decrease by 2020.

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The Harold F. Hammond Award for railroad safety is awarded to an individual railroad employee who has demonstrated outstanding safety achievement during the preceding year.

  • James "J.T." Wilson, a conductor with CSX in Florence, S.C., was named winner for 2007. Wilson developed the Switching for Success program to give new employees advanced switching and safety training. Since the program began in the Florence Division in 2005, human factor derailments there have been reduced by 50 percent. Given that success, the program is now being adopted by other divisions throughout the CSX network. Wilson also advocated for a formal counseling program for crews involved in serious accidents. His work led to creation of CSX's Critical Incident Program, which has provided counseling for employees for more than 20 years.

CSX’s Chemical Safety Excellence Award
CSX’s annual Chemical Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) celebrates our customers' commitment to safe hazardous material rail-car loading and maintenance. For 2012, CSX honored 69 winners. To qualify for the award, each winner shipped 600 or more rail cars during the year on CSX with no non-accidental hazardous material releases through the entire year. Shippers include companies from the chemicals, fertilizer, agriculture and metals merchandise commodity markets. "The CSEA recipients understand the best practices of chemical safety, and they have demonstrated a commitment to those practices and strong industry leadership among their peers," said Clarence Gooden, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at CSX. "Safety is a core value for CSX, and we appreciate the winners' help in making CSX one of the safest freight transportation companies in North America."

CSX Workforce Awards and Recognition
We’re proud to be nationally recognized by several organizations and publications for our ongoing dedication to excellence, best practices and a diverse workforce. Learn more

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA)
In 2012, the CSX Police Department received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Police Department received its initial accreditation in 2009, becoming the only freight railroad police department to achieve this certification. CSX achieved this honor after a successful on-site assessment by a CALEA team, which reviewed all facets of CSX Police operations, including policies, procedures, evidence handling and arrests. Only 10 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide have achieved this highly regarded accreditation, and CSX is proud to be one of these agencies.

The CSX Police Department serves to protect CSX personnel, critical infrastructure, customer property and the public against criminal acts, including terrorism, in order to preserve the safety and efficiency of rail transportation in America. CSX Transportation currently maintains this railroad police force that operates in 23 states. The officers of the CSX Police Department are strategically deployed throughout our network and often work with municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement and emergency response organizations. Relationships with these organizations enhance our ability to promptly and safely respond to any threats to security along our network.

CSX Becomes First Transportation Provider to Join Maryland Green Registry
In November 2009, CSX became the first transportation provider selected to join the Maryland Green Registry, a voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable practices by organizations throughout the state. CSX was selected for the Maryland Green Registry because of its overall commitment to environmental sustainability.

The Maryland Green Registry includes more than 80 organizations that complete a best- practices profile covering environmental management and leadership, waste reduction, energy and water conservation, transportation and green building design.

Learn more about CSX's environmental initiatives .