AAR recognizes Norfolk Southern officials for environmental leadership

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) recognized two senior Norfolk Southern environmental professionals this November for their achievements in environmental stewardship. Mark Dudle, Occupational Safety Director and Adam Motsinger, Manager, Environmental Operations, were both honored by the AAR for their leadership and dedication with preserving our environment. 

Mark Dudle was awarded the Environmental Achievement Award. Dudle has dedicated 31 years to Norfolk Southern, with a focus on health and safety across the company’s 22-state network. For the last two decades, he has led the NS Industrial Hygiene Group and served as Occupational Safety Director.

Dudle has built his career on the fundamental principles of identification, evaluation, and control of hazardous exposures. He has played a key role in an industry group of railroad industrial hygienists and other safety and environmental professionals. Through that work, Dudle has been instrumental in improving preparedness at both NS and within the rail industry. He has shared that knowledge with Norfolk Southern team members, contractors, and emergency responders, through his work as a guest lecturer/instructor for the area of air monitoring.

His experience in a major railroad emergency response, combined with his expertise in the field of health and safety, has safeguarded the health and safety of Norfolk Southern's 20,000 employees.

Mark Dudle, Occupational Safety Director

Adam Motsinger, Manager Environmental Operations, was awarded the 2023 Environmental Excellence Award, the industry’s highest honor for environmental professionals. Since 2017, Adam Motsinger has helped to enhance Norfolk Southern’s environmental performance. In his current role overseeing North and South Carolina operations, he ensures compliance with environmental laws. Motsinger's expertise is in identifying risks and implementing sustainable solutions. These include his model for retiring scrap rail and waste ties. This extends to his leadership in the Operation Clean Sweep program which has led to innovative drop inlet protection technology testing. He has also initiated recycling programs for microplastic samples.

As a recognized expert, Motsinger contributes to evaluating solar projects, stream and wetland restoration, and discussions on renewable fuels and electric vehicle programs within Norfolk Southern's Environmental and Sustainability teams. Advocating for initiatives like the nutrient bank development at Lamberts Point Living Shoreline showcases his commitment to sustainable practices benefiting both the company and the community.

Motsinger’s dedication to environmental excellence aligns with Norfolk Southern's commitment to sustainable practices and responsible corporate citizenship.

Adam Motsinger, Manager, Environmental Operations