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Chipotle makes major commitment to solar power

BY CSA STAFF

Denver Chipotle Mexican Grill said Tuesday it is partnering with Houston-based Standard Renewable Energy to install solar panels on approximately 75 Chipotle restaurants over the next year. In all, the chain has committed to panels that will produce 500 kilowatt hours of electricity, making Chipotle the largest direct producer of solar energy in the restaurant industry.

The goal, Chipotle said, is to reduce each restaurant’s energy consumption during peak hours — 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — when pressure on the energy grid is the greatest. The amount of power produced through the solar program will eliminate more than 41 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

“Our effort to change the way people think about and eat fast food began with our commitment to serving food made with ingredients from more sustainable sources, and that same kind of thinking now influences all areas of our business,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle. “Today, we’re following a similar path in the way we design and build restaurants, looking for more environmentally friendly building materials and systems that make our restaurants more efficient.”

The solar-panel installation has already begun on units in select cities, including Denver and the Texas cities of Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. The selection of the participating restaurants was based on evaluations of the individual location’s electricity consumption, local utility solar rebates and access to direct sunlight.

The solar initiative is one in a series of steps Chipotle has taken to reduce its carbon footprint. Chipotle was the first restaurant ever to receive Platinum level LEED certification – the highest level — by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Gurnee, Ill., restaurant that features an on-site wind turbine and an underground cistern to harvest rainwater for irrigation.

In addition, all of Chipotle`s new restaurants include some environmentally friendly materials or systems, including low VOC paints and sealants, recycled drywall and stainless steel, photocell light controls that regulate electric lighting based on availability of natural lighting, or low-E window glass that helps reduce heating and cooling needs. 

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Home Depot selects Teradata as new IT partner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Teradata announced that Home Depot has selected the Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse to support its complex and growing enterprise information requirements.

In moving to the Teradata solution, Home Depot will consolidate multiple decision support systems into one centralized Enterprise Data Warehouse, which will reduce the complexity of their current IT environment, improve efficiencies and improve business insight by enabling faster decision-making. The new intelligence platform will enable detailed analysis of enterprise data pertaining to sales, inventory, cost and merchandise management.

“Our IT improvements are dedicated to creating more time for our associates to focus on customer-facing activities, and the implementation of Teradata’s solution will benefit our entire organization,” said Matt Carey, EVP and CIO, Home Depot. “Teradata’s value proposition and leadership in data warehousing platforms, software and services were critical in our decision to select them as our partner.”

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Kelly adds Tiana to Disney wedding line

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NEW YORK

Disney Consumer Products and couture designer Kirstie Kelly are launching a gown inspired by Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess from the animated musical film, The Princess and the Frog.

 

The Tiana gown will be added to the Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings line as the signature piece of an all new collection of bridal gowns. The new collection also includes the Snow White Diamond Edition gown, all new “Maidens” for bridesmaids, “Blossoms” for flower girls and a new line of fine jewelry with renowned jeweler Mouawad, each inspired by a Disney Princess character.

 

“The Princess Tiana gown is a very special part of the Disney Princess collection,” said Kelly. “When I look at this gown I see a modern woman that is very comfortable with her own identity. The gown is designed for a bride with a modern sensibility and effortlessly exudes both romance and sultry flair.”

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