Belk store awarded LEED Silver
New York City Belk’s store in Port Orange, Fla., has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The store features landscaping and reflective pavement that minimize the heat-island effect. Native plants, drip irrigation and reclaimed water reduce the need for watering of landscaping. Water-efficient toilets and faucets also aid water conservation.
In addition, most of the waste from construction was recycled and diverted from landfills.
Belk is the nation’s largest privately owned department store company. It operates 306 stores in 16 southern states.
Safeway names SVP government affairs
PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway announced that it has appointed 16-year veteran Jonathan Mayes to SVP government relations, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
“Jonathan is an exceptional leader and has successfully represented the company and its stakeholders in his role as our key Government Affairs person,” said Larree Renda, EVP, chief strategist and administrative officer. “Certainly he will bring the same level of excellence and commitment to these other functions that interact on a daily basis with our customers and communities.”
Mayes joined Safeway in 1994 as a senior attorney focused on employment law, business litigation, and consumer protection matters. In 1996, he joined the company’s government relations team as a director and was promoted to VP of that function in 1999. In 2008, Mayes was named group VP government relations in charge of the team of professionals that focus on local, state and federal government matters in the geographies in which Safeway operates in the United States and Canada.
Before joining Safeway, Mayes was senior corporate counsel for Lucky Stores, and an attorney at Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP.
Diddy goes green for M&M’s
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America announced that Ms. Green is officially America’s favorite M&M’S character, and Sean “Diddy” Combs will produce a special M&M’s Green party in her honor.
Diddy will plan the party for “Party Like Diddy” Sweepstakes winner B.C. Ashmall-Liversidge and 20 of her friends. The party will take place in New York City this summer.