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Transporting products efficiently and responsibly has long been an important focus for Lowe's. While we continuously work to reduce our environmental impact, our ability to create sustainable change in our communities depends on productive collaboration with a variety of partners.

In 2010, we expanded our efforts to improve the air quality at ports across the United States through clean truck programs. For several years, Lowe's has worked closely with carriers and West Coast ports to successfully reduce pollution from short-haul trucks. Last summer, Lowe's took a leadership role in the Clean Trucks Initiative. Launched by the Coalition for Responsible Transportation and the Environmental Defense Fund, the initiative provides a framework for reducing truck-related greenhouse gas emissions at ports, beginning with those in the Southeast.

Lowe's is helping to develop clean-truck incentive programs at ports in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. We've worked closely with other major shippers, ocean and motor carriers, truck manufacturers and port authorities in those states. Together, we're developing plans to phase out older, high-polluting trucks on a voluntary basis and to facilitate ongoing fleet modernization to lower-emission trucks.

We continue to work with our own carriers to examine opportunities to reduce emissions and fuel use through more sustainable practices. To enhance that effort, we've participated in the SmartWaySM Transport Partnership since 2005, shortly after the Environmental Protection Agency created the program. Lowe's, a three-time winner of the SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award, remains focused on implementing more efficient technologies and operational strategies with our carriers.

SmartWay participating carriers are now moving 100% of the products we ship domestically. Since 2005, the SmartWay program has reduced our carriers' highway travel by 560 million miles and resulted in diesel fuel savings of more than 100 million gallons and carbon savings of more than 1 million tons.

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