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Madison, Wisconsin, March 12, 2012 -- Leonardo Academy has joined forces with Schneider National to reduce emissions from 107 tractors and trailers operated by the Green Bay, Wisconsin-based carrier through a grant provided by the US EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Older diesel engines can generate significant amounts of environmental pollutants, such as fine particles and primary greenhouse gases including nitrous oxides and carbon dioxide. The grant will facilitate clean diesel projects that will improve air quality throughout the Upper Midwest and particularly in high population density areas where Schneider National operates hubs.

“Reducing emissions from diesel engines is currently one of the most important air quality challenges facing the country,” said Michael Arny, President of Leonardo Academy. “Even with more stringent, heavy-duty engine standards, millions of diesel engines already in use will continue to emit large amounts of nitrous oxides and particulate matter, which contribute to serious public and environmental health problems.”

Emission reduction strategies for this project include trailer side-skirts, low-rolling resistant tires, and idle reduction technologies. These strategies will also reduce fuel usage and maintenance cost, which in turn will help with job creation for Schneider National. It is estimated that these projects will reduce over 18,000 tons of carbon dioxide and two tons of particulate matter.

Schneider has long held a leadership role in increasing the industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The company is active at the state, national and international level through participation in key environmental sustainability-focused initiatives, associations and task forces.

Leonardo Academy and Schneider National are members of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, a voluntary collaboration between the EPA, the freight industry and interested parties to increase energy efficiency while striving to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution within the transportation sector. Schneider National has been recognized by the EPA with the SmartWay Award of Excellence every year since the awards inception in 2005.

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About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Offering the broadest portfolio of services in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Van Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and Port Logistics services. A $3.4 billion company, Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for over 76 years. For more information about Schneider National, visit

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Leonardo Academy is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability by leveraging innovative tools and information to motivate the competitive market. By utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability strategies, education and implementation, we strive to make sustainability practical for everyone. We develop integrative sustainability solutions designed to enhance the environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity of organizations, corporations and individuals. We see a world filled with sustainable opportunities that can transform the way we live today and ensure the prosperity of future generations.

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Leonardo Academy works on a broad range of sustainability issues and provides comprehensive sustainability programs and services to help companies, organizations, families and individuals implement sustainability. Our programs and services include: organizational sustainability assessments and implementation; emissions footprints, reduction strategies and offsets; event emissions footprints, sustainability assessments and implementation; sustainable event certification through our Cleaner and Greener® Program; LEED® assessments, implementation and certification application preparation; sustainable land management; sustainability training; and sustainability standards development.

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Andrea Bachrach, Sustainability Project Specialist
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