C.H. Robinson Matches $20,000 in Donations to Cascade Sierra Solutions

CHROBINSON125Eden Prairie, MN (January 31, 2013)Cascade Sierra Solutions, a Eugene, OR based nonprofit dedicated to helping small trucking businesses to afford fuel- and emissions-reducing technologies, has received a $20,000 matching donation from third-party logistics company C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

As part of its commitment to good corporate citizenship and sustainability, C.H. Robinson has been a generous donor to CSS’s green-trucking efforts since 2008. This year, their support came in the form of a funding match for other donors in 2012 to maximize the impact of their donations.

The list of 2012 donors to Cascade Sierra Solutions includes Michelin Truck Tires, Carrier Corporation, Hodyon, Midlands Carrier Transicold, Transport Refrigeration, Witte Bros. Exchange, Decker Truck Line, Industrial Power, Veritable Vegetable, individual donor Clay Coleman, and many others.

“Cascade Sierra Solutions’ work around the use of clean technology to increase fuel efficiency and reducing carbon impact benefits us all,” said Mark Walker, senior vice president at C.H. Robinson. “Helping extend the range of donations made to CSS will make a measurable difference towards improving the environmental impact of our industry.”

Since its inception in 2006, Cascade Sierra Solutions has provided financing and grant assistance to upgrade or replace more than 11,000 older, less efficient vehicles, saving more than 75 Olympic swimming pools’ worth of diesel fuel and the harmful emissions they produce.

“C.H. Robinson remains an innovator in the green transportation movement,” says Sharon Banks, CEO and founder of Cascade Sierra Solutions. “Their support of CSS ensures that we can provide needed financing and education to smaller trucking businesses so they can also run more efficiently and reduce our nation’s reliance on imported fuels.”

About C.H. Robinson

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 37,000 customers through a network of more than 230 offices and over 10,500 employees around the world. The company works with 53,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and has annual revenues of over $10 billion.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com.

About Cascade Sierra Solutions

Cascade Sierra Solutions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Eugene, Oregon, dedicated to financing, identifying, and promoting the use of clean technologies to reduce fuel consumption and air pollution from heavy-duty diesel trucks. Cascade Sierra Solutions works with local clean-air agencies, government entities, and independent truckers and fleets, to drive the green trucking revolution.

CSS is currently administering the DOE’s Shorepower Truck Electrification Program (STEP), which will provide electrified truck parking at more than 50 truck stops across the U.S. in an effort to eliminate unnecessary engine idling on major freight corridors, as well as incentives for plug-in equipment. Learn more about STEP at www.the-step-project.org.

To learn more about current grant programs and financing, or to donate to support CSS’s green trucking efforts, visit www.cascadesierrasolutions.org.

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