Auto Care Co. is Earth Friendly
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Oct. 22) Honest-1 Auto Care Co. announced that it plans to double its 19 existing nationwide franchises within one year. The full-service auto-repair chain, which calls itself 100% eco-friendly, said it is implementing rigorous internal standards so that it can remain “the leader in eco-friendly automotive service.”
The company employs strict regulations for recycling auto materials, pollution prevention, resource conservation and trademarked services such as ECO TuneUp and ECO Oil Change.
Report: Shaw’s Store to Use Fuel Cell for Natural Gas
Shaw’s Supermarket is building a store in Newton, Mass., that will get 90% of its electricity from a 400-kilowatt fuel cell powered by natural gas, according to the Patriot Ledger. This is expected to reduce the store’s energy use by up to 211,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
Shaw’s Supermarkets also plans to install LED lights in freezer cases at 25 stores, with the Newton store serving as a pilot, the report said.
Since 2002, Stop & Shop has been moving towards greener buildings. The company spent more than $12 million this year installing low-energy light bulbs, energy-efficient freezer doors and modifying refrigeration systems, according to the Patriot Ledger.
Shaw’s is a division of Supervalu.
Best Buy to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Minneapolis Best Buy Co., Inc. has announced plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 8% per square foot across all U.S. stores and operations, including its corporate headquarters, fleet, and distribution centers by 2012.
According to a release, all new stores will be built with skylights and high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems.
The company also will adopt a no-idling policy for its fleet, retrofit existing stores with skylights and upgrade their lighting and HVAC, and upgrade its energy-management system to address energy spikes in particular locations.
In addition, Best Buy will test solar panels in certain stores.