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Lynden's Green Initiative celebrates 10 years

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

electronic-forklift-driver"Lynden's Green Initiative grew out of a depression era distaste for waste and a common sense desire to do what's right," says Coordinator Anna Deal. "Now, 10 years later, I am truly amazed at what we have accomplished together." The 10-year mark coincides with Lynden being named one of the top 75 Green Supply Chain partners for 2018 by Inbound Logistics magazine. It is Lynden's eighth award.

"Lynden's operating companies have continued to invest in modern high efficiency equipment to increase payload and reduce idle time, work with drivers to improve driving habits, and to look for innovative ways to improve freight operations. These efforts have paid off with the steady and measurable improvement in our freight efficiency and reduced emissions," Anna explains. "We are doing more with less at all levels."

Anna shared the additional Green Initiative accomplishments throughout the companies:

  • Our new facilities are designed to be energy efficient and we continue to upgrade lighting and heating systems across companies. We have invested in over 60 separate energy efficiency projects which have saved nearly 1,900 metric tons of CO2, 3,535 MWh of electricity, and 4,430 MMbtu of natural gas annually.
  • We have replaced our highest use propane forklifts with electric lifts leading to a 32% reduction in Lynden's small lift emissions.
  • We have initiated recycling programs at each of the Lynden locations and, along with our Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) partners, backhaul recyclables free of charge from Alaskan communities to Seattle for recycling.
  • Computer power saving software that automatically puts computers to "sleep" when not in use has reduced those energy costs by 20 percent.
  • Lynden's Green and Fit Challenge rewards employees for alternative transportation in their work commute and fitness activities. 

"Although we have accomplished a great deal, we know there is more we can do," Anna says. "We recently encouraged all employees to provide feedback and ideas so we can keep the momentum going that we started 10 years ago. The Green Initiative was, and is, a company-wide effort. Our accomplishments are the results of the hard work, talent and passion of Lynden's highly dedicated employees."

Tags: Green Lynden, Green Supply Chain Partner, Awards, Green Initiative, Inbound Logistics

Keeping its green streak going

Posted on Tue, Aug 29, 2017
G75 2017 logo.jpgKeeping its green streak going, Lynden was once again named a 2017 G75 Supply Chain Partner by Inbound Logistics magazine. Companies are chosen for the top 75 list based on four benchmarks: Measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.

Tags: Green Initiative, Awards, Green Supply Chain Partner, Green Lynden

Lynden companies get a Green Star

Posted on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Green Star window shot - AMT Juneau-copy.jpgAlaska Marine Trucking was the first business in Juneau to qualify for the Green Star recognition award for environmental responsibility in 2011 and was recertified for 2017. Alaska’s Green Star Program supports businesses and organizations that practice waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention through education, technical assistance and an award-winning voluntary ‘green business’ certification program. Lynden Transport in Anchorage was the first trucking company in Alaska to earn certification in 2008 later joined by Fairbanks and Soldotna locations. Alaska Marine Lines in Cordova and Alaska West Express, Lynden Air Cargo, Lynden International and Lynden Incorporated in Anchorage are now certified as well.

Tags: Green Lynden, Awards

Lynden companies turn on the savings with electric forklifts

Posted on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Over the past several years, several Lynden companies have replaced propane forklifts with energy efficient electric models. "Not only are the new lifts better for the environment, they perform better, too," explains Charlie Mottern, Lynden Transport Director of Maintenance. "Independent drive motors allow both tires to spin together which makes them great in the snow."

The lifts also improve indoor air quality and have unexpectedly reduced electric and heating use at some of the Lynden Service Centers. Lynden Transport began replacing propane forklifts with electric lifts in 2008, with 27 of 40 lifts replaced so far. In total, Lynden Transport, Alaska Marine Lines, Alaska West Express, Lynden International, and Lynden International Logistics Company (LILCO) have replaced 104 of 246 lifts with the new electric models, which emit 54 percent less carbon than propane lifts. Lynden Transport, Lynden International and Lynden Air Cargo's Alaska operations are now 100 percent electric.

"Electric lifts in high-use applications account for the majority of the hours," says Charlie. Lynden companies are using electric lifts for small lift hours at a rate of 95 percent for LILCO, 80 percent for Lynden Transport, 81 percent at Alaska Marine lines, 60 percent at Alaska West Express and 53 percent at Lynden International.

Electric forklift driver Erik Smith, T115 (Y5) Northland.jpg"This year we plan to replace four lifts at Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle and two at Lynden International's LAX facility," Charlie explains. However, not all of Lynden's propane lifts will be replaced. "Some locations and applications are not suited for electric lifts or do not get enough hours per month to warrant putting electric lifts into play at this time."

At the end of 2016, electric lifts in operation across the Lynden companies saved over $300,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs, while reducing 433 metric tons of CO2  emissions. This equates to a 32 percent reduction in Lynden's total small lift emissions.

 

Tags: Lynden, Energy efficiency, Green Lynden

Lean & Green: Lynden facilities continue to save energy

Posted on Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Fife LTIA warehouse with lights - lean & green article.jpgThe annual Earth Day celebration is a good time to recognize Lynden employees who continue to do more with less, decreasing their energy use while improving safety and productivity. Since 2008, nearly 50 energy efficiency upgrades at Lynden facilities have led to the reduction of 2,350 megawatt hours of electricity and nearly 7 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) of heating fuel and natural gas per year.

According to Anna Deal of Lynden’s Green Initiative, that’s the equivalent of the average energy used in 167 homes or 335 passenger vehicles in one year! "Some of the most impressive reductions at Lynden have come from steady and consistent efforts and continuous improvement," she says.

For example, Lynden Transport’s Anchorage Service Center has reduced its heating fuel use by 20 percent over the last eight years by repairing insulation, sealing air gaps in the dock doors and dock plates with rubber, and installing new dock shelters. Most recently, a new direct digital controlled thermostat is reducing natural gas use even further. The Anchorage team invested in a series of lighting upgrades that has reduced electricity use by 20 percent, despite adding eight electric forklifts.

"One of the unexpected benefits of using electric lifts is the CO2 fan no longer kicks on in the cross-dock," says Richard Hennagin, Lynden Transport Safety Manager. "In a way, the lifts run for free because the fans are no longer pushing warm air outside or using electricity to run."

LTI, INC.
Similarly, the LTI, Inc. Service Center in Lynden, WA has reduced its overall electricity use by 37 percent since 2008. Employees have upgraded old lighting and HVAC systems, installed LED lights in the remodel, and most recently, yard lights were replaced with LEDs.

"One of the most exciting changes in the last few years is the number of Lynden facilities moving to LED lights," Anna says. "These lights give better quality light that mimics natural daylight while using a third of the energy. They last longer, so don’t need to be replaced as often. They are dimmable and turn on instantly, so they work well with smart sensor technology and there’s no mercury to dispose of when they do burn out."

More improvements throughout the companies:

ALASKA WEST EXPRESS
Alaska West Express in Fairbanks has some of the highest energy costs of any Lynden facility due to a lack of energy options, cold temperatures and the size of the 30-acre facility. Over the last few years the team replaced high wattage lights in the maintenance and tank-cleaning facilities as well as 76 yard lights with energy efficient LED lights. They reduced their electricity usage by 14 percent with a 2.5 year payback to recoup costs. "The best part is, the guys in the shop don’t have to wear their headlamps around anymore," says Gage Schutte, Alaska West Express Service Center Manager.

ALASKA MARINE LINES
Alaska Marine Lines began testing LED lights in the Seattle yard in 2015. "With a payback of less than three years and a 20-year lifespan, it seemed like a no-brainer," says Mark Gaska (now with Alaska West Express in Tacoma). Since then, M&R interior and exterior lights and salt tent lights have all been replaced with LEDs and smart sensors that adjust lighting output based on daylight levels and movement. Most recently, Alaska Marine Lines in Seattle became the first port facility in the world to use stadium style LED lights to light the yard.

"The truck entry lane in Yard 5 needed additional light for safety and security. Rather than disrupting operations and trenching power to install a new pole, we decided to use high mast LED lights. The difference is literally night and day. The safety crew and especially the night crew are very happy," says Tom Crescenzi, Alaska Marine Lines Service Center Manager.

LYNDEN TRANSPORT—Lower 48
Lynden Transport in Fife recently replaced lighting in the cross dock and yard (see photo on page 1). "The biggest benefit is safety," says Keith Johnson, Safety Supervisor. "After we moved to electric lifts, you couldn’t hear the lift approach over the buzzing sound of the old lights. The LED lights are quiet and the crew is able to read paperwork without going to the forklift for light." Lynden Transport Service Centers in Soldotna and Fairbanks also recently replaced their yard lights with LEDs.

"Even with all of the reductions at Lynden facilities to date, there is still a huge opportunity to reduce energy use further," Anna says.

Tags: Energy efficiency, Green Initiative, Green Lynden, LTI Inc., Lynden Transport, Alaska West Express, Alaska Marine Lines

Lynden makes Green Supply Chain Partner, Top 100 3PL lists for sixth consecutive year

Posted on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

For the sixth consecutive year, the Lynden family of companies was named one of Inbound Logistics magazine's annual Top 100 3PLs and 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75). Lynden is profiled in the June issue of the magazine for "focusing its people, equipment, processes and technology on efficient use of resources and sustainable operations." The Top 100 3PL list appears in the July issue and singles Lynden out for providing excellence in transportation and logistics solutions and exceeding customer expectations. Both lists are compiled by surveying hundreds of supply chain professionals.

"From recycling materials to updating fleets with the latest technology for mile-per-gallon gains, Green Supply Chain Partners like Lynden constantly innovate to work greener," says Felecia Stratton, Inbound Logistics Editor. Inbound Logistics' annual 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) showcases the top 75 companies that demonstrate green best practices in their supply chain, logistics and transportation operations. Editors comb through submissions from companies with impressive green credentials and ultimately choose the G75 based on four benchmarks: measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.

Lynden provides transportation, logistics and customs clearance for customers' supply chain needs in the U.S. and Canada, including warehousing, distribution, return programs and raw materials handling. The company was selected as a 3PL logistics leader for its collaborative partnerships with customers and innovative services.

"We are proud to be included on these prestigious lists for the sixth consecutive year. Our employees have spent considerable time, thought and effort developing programs and processes that allow us to operate responsibly in the environments where we do business and this award is proof that our efforts are working," says Lynden President Jon Burdick. "We are also proud of our ongoing status as a top 3PL and will continue to partner with our customers to find cost-effective, innovative solutions for their supply chain, transportation and logistics needs."

Inbound Logistics is the leading trade magazine for business logistics and supply chain managers. The magazine's editorial mission is to help companies of all sizes better manage corporate resources by speeding and reducing inventory and supporting infrastructure.

Lynden Transport was the first Alaska-based transportation company to join the EPA's SmartWay partnership in 2008 followed by Lynden companies Milky Way, LTI, Inc., Brown Line and Alaska West Express. LTI, Inc. is a recipient of multiple SmartWay Excellence Awards, and Lynden was Alaska's first trucking company to earn recognition by Alaska's Green Star program for environmental stewardship. Lynden's environmental policy calls for meeting or exceeding environmental regulations, maximizing fuel efficiency, and monitoring and guarding against accidents, emissions and avoidable pollution.

Tags: Inbound Logistics' Top 100 3PL Providers, Green Supply Chain Partner, Environmental efforts, Inbound Logistics, Green Lynden, Awards

Alaska Marine Lines protects local waters in Seattle

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Alaska_Marine_Lines_on_Duwamish_River.jpgAlaska Marine Lines/ Terminal 115 (Y-5) has gone above and beyond to prevent pollution and keep sediment, trace metals and accidental spills out of Seattle’s Duwamish River.

Silt and trace metals such as copper and zinc occasionally come into Alaska Marine Lines facilities from dust and dirt in the wind or on trucks and shipping containers, and in rainwater. Truck and forklift tires are the primary contributors of zinc. The Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and filtration equipment keeps these sediments, metals and other contaminants out of the storm drains and river when it rains.

“The first line of defense is good training,” says Training Manager Jerome Chen. “Our people are trained to respond immediately to all spills and our two sweepers clean up about 25 tons of dirt per month.” Filter baskets in 264 storm drain catch basins at AML locations remove silt and form a barrier to catch fluids from accidental spills.

Every catch basin is tied into a Clear Water treatment system. Since 2014, the treatment systems have processed and discharged millions of gallons of clean water. The tanks were constructed out of containers and flat-racks. 

In addition to the Clear Water system, three new storm water Rx units were recently installed to capture extra runoff at Y-5 and incorporate runoff from Y-3 and Y-4. The passive filtration system targets a variety of pollutants and discharges clean, treated storm water into the Duwamish River. During an exceptionally large rainstorm, nearly 200,000 gallons of water was successfully treated in one day at Terminal 115 (Y-5).

“Alaska Marine Lines locations at Y1 and Y2 have been using these Rx systems since 2011 and have consistently achieved testing benchmarks. We anticipate similar results for the other locations with our newly installed systems,” explains Andrew Heuscher, Director of Safety.

Other clean and green improvements:

  • Last winter, the salt bagging operation moved from Y1 to Y5 and a new covered salt storage and bagging operation was installed. The move has eliminated excessive moisture in the bagged salt and reduced salt leaching into the filtration units.
  • Lines running between catch basins at Y-4 and Y-5 were cleaned of years of metal-laden silt and silt. Efforts continue with lines in Yards 1, 2, and 3.

“The Alaska Marine Lines team should be proud of their systems and ongoing compliance to protect the environments where we do business,” says Jim Maltby, Lynden’s Director of HSSE. “Mike Herrman does an outstanding job in maintaining the facilities and, under Andrew Heuscher’s leadership, the program has set the bar for others in the industry to meet.”

Tags: Alaska Marine Lines, Seattle, HSSE, Environmental efforts, Green Lynden

LTI, Inc. receives third consecutive EPA SmartWay Excellence Award

Posted on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

SmartWay logoLTI, Inc. and its Milky Way division received a third consecutive SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA awards recognize the top one percent of SmartWay partners for superior environmental performance and leadership. LTI, Inc. earned a top score in the Tanker Fleet Category based on its exceptional fuel economy, payload, idle time and modern emissions equipment.

"We are extremely proud to receive a third Excellence Award from the EPA. Our entire team deserves credit for maintaining our high standards of productivity, efficiency and environmental stewardship," says LTI, Inc. President Jason Jansen. "We will continue our efforts to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions while serving our customers."

Milky WayLTI, Inc. was one of 39 truck carriers to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay's nearly 3,000 Partners. The carrier awardees were honored at American Trucking Associations Annual Management Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today.

"EPA is pleased to honor these SmartWay Partners with a 2015 Excellence Award," said Chris Grundler, Director, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality. "SmartWay carriers work diligently to bring our families the goods we need each day, while contributing to a healthier, more sustainable future for our children."

LTI, Inc. specializes in the transport of liquid and dry bulk commodities, and its Milky Way division is a leading bulk milk hauler in the Pacific Northwest. The company uses the most efficient engines available, lightweight equipment with enhanced aerodynamics, automatic tire inflation systems and onboard computers to manage highway speed, progressive shifting, best routing options and idle times. Drivers are trained on these systems to better understand the impacts and effects while driving.

EPA's SmartWay Transport Partnership empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing environmental impacts. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 144.3 million barrels of oil and $20.6 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay's clean air achievements (61.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1,070,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 43,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.

LTI, Inc./Milky Way became a SmartWay Transportation Partner in 2010. Sister company Lynden Transport became the first Alaska trucking company to join SmartWay in 2008, and Lynden companies Brown Line, LLC and Alaska West Express are also members.

Tags: LTI Inc., Green Lynden, SmartWay certification, Milky Way, Environmental efforts

Lynden Transport receives fisheries award in Cordova

Posted on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

9_2015_fisheries award.jpgLynden Transport and Alaska Airlines Air Cargo were dual winners of the 2015 Prince William Sound Science Fisheries Achievement Award which acknowledges an individual or a group who has made a significant contribution toward the sustainable use of fishery resources in Prince William Sound or the Copper River regions.

Both companies play a vital role in transporting Cordova's fish product to market and help the fishing fleet and town run smoothly. In the photo at left, Prince William Sound Science Center President and CEO Katrina Hoffman (second from left) and Copper River Nouveau Honorary Co-host Margy Johnson present the award to Lynden Transport, represented by Jim Holley (right) along with Jim's son and grandchild.

Tags: Green Lynden, Lynden Transport

Lynden named Green Supply Chain partner, Top 100 3PL for fifth consecutive year

Posted on Wed, Jul 22, 2015
Inbound Logistics Green Supply Chain Partner 2015

For the fifth consecutive year, the Lynden family of companies was named one of Inbound Logistics magazine’s annual Top 100 3PLs and 75 Green Supply Chain Partners. Lynden is profiled in the June issue of the magazine for “demonstrating its commitment to the environment and the global community year after year.” The Top 100 3PL list appears in the July issue and focuses on companies who are exceeding in meeting customers’ logistics needs.

“If you want your carbon footprint to be as small as possible, and your business to be sustainable, make sure you are doing business with supply chain partners like Lynden who are at the head of the pack,” says Felecia Stratton, Inbound Logistics Editor. Both lists are compiled by surveys and polls of supply chain professionals. Inbound Logistics’ annual 75 Green Supply Chain Partners (G75) showcases the top 75 companies that demonstrate green best practices in their supply chain, logistics and transportation operations. Editors examine corporate sustainability initiatives, collaborative customer-driven projects, and participation in public-private partnerships, then choose the G75 based on four benchmarks: Measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement and industry recognition.

Top 100 3PLThe Top 100 3PL Providers list is the result of editors soliciting questionnaires from hundreds of 3PLs, detailing the services they provide and their expertise in warehousing, web services and vendor management. Lynden provides transportation, logistics and customs clearance for customers’ supply chain needs in the U.S. and Canada, including warehousing, distribution, return programs and raw materials handling.

“This ongoing recognition from our customers reinforces Lynden’s commitment to operate cost-effectively and efficiently while reducing the environmental impact where we do business. We are proud of our track record as a ‘green’ company and a leader among 3PL and we will continue to pioneer innovative solutions for our customers while offering the Lynden brand of outstanding customer service,” says Lynden President and CEO Jon Burdick.

Inbound Logistics is the leading trade magazine for business logistics and supply chain managers. The magazine's editorial mission is to help companies of all sizes better manage corporate resources by speeding and reducing inventory and supporting infrastructure.

Lynden Transport was the first Alaska-based transportation company to join the EPA’s SmartWay partnership in 2008 followed by Lynden companies Milky Way, LTI, Inc., Brown Line and Alaska West Express. LTI, Inc. has received a SmartWay Excellence Award for the past two years. Lynden was recognized by Alaska’s Green Star program for environmental stewardship beginning in 2009, becoming Alaska’s first trucking company to earn the award. Lynden’s environmental policy calls for meeting or exceeding environmental regulations, maximizing fuel efficiency, and monitoring and guarding against accidents, emissions and avoidable pollution.

Tags: Inbound Logistics' Top 100 3PL Providers, Green Lynden, Green Supply Chain Partner, Environmental efforts, Inbound Logistics

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