Make way for Greenway Transit, which declares its intention to make travel more environmentally friendly.

The Durham firm, which focuses on providing “green transportation” through a variety of vehicles powered by biofuels and plain old people pedal power, is a winner in the People & Planet Green Business Awards.

The Green Planet organization has added $5,000 to help power Greenway’s efforts as a result.

“Greenway Transit is honored by the People & Planet Award and by the support that brought us here,” said Marc Dreyfors, the founding manager of Greenway said.

“Greenway Transit is honored by the People & Planet Award and by the support that brought us here. We owe a big thanks to our partner restaurants who provide us with waste veggie oil, our environmentally conscious investors, our community partners and supporters, and our drivers and staff as well as our wise customers who prefer riding clean and green.

“We will use the award to improve the messaging of our biodiesel buses to better educate our riders about the benefits of community-based alternative energy and environmental justice.”

Green Planet honored Greenway as “the first and only green transport company in the Southeast U.S. Its for-hire fleet of vehicles run exclusively on human energy or biofuels (biodiesel, veggie oil and ethanol-E85), and the goal of Greenway Transit is to offer price competitive transportation options that keep energy and jobs local.

“Specially retrofitted Greenway Transit vehicles can be rented with drivers by the hour, half-day or day.”

Greenway’s fleet of vehicles ranges from a bus to a “pedicab.”

Notes the firm on its website:

“We’re proud to be the first and only green transportation company in the southeast to run 100 percent biodiesel in our fleet, and offering low-carbon rides at competitive rates.”

Two other firms also received awards on Thursday in Washington, D.C.:

  • Milkweed Mercantile, Rutledge, Missouri
  • Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars, Kahului, Hawaii

Winners were selected by popular vote through Green America’s website. 

“These businesses model creative and viable ways to make the travel and transportation sectors serve the green economy, whether through their use of clean energy, green construction materials, or organic food,” noted Alisa Gravitz, president of Green America.