Gap and other companies in effort to support climate change legislation
Washington, D.C. More than a dozen leading U.S. corporations, including Gap, announced the launch of a new initiative to support Congressional action on clean energy and climate change legislation.
“Gap is taking action on climate change now — in fact, we have reduced our energy consumption by 20% over the past five years,” said Kindley Walsh Lawlor, senior director, global responsibility, Gap. “While we have more work to do to lessen our impact, we also believe collaboration is key to making positive, sustainable change. That’s why we’re pleased to be standing among forward-thinking businesses that support climate and energy policy in the United States.”
The goal of the new group, called American Businesses for Clean Energy, is to offer a platform for leading U.S. businesses to express their support for meaningful and effective legislation that will drive clean technology innovation, create jobs, and address the threat of global climate change.
Walmart selects Cree LEDs for initial 650-store deployment
Durham, N.C. Cree has been selected to provide energy-efficient LED lighting to Walmart for new stores and renovations.
The discounter plans to install Cree LRP-38 LED light bulbs in 650 stores during the first year, replacing ceramic metal halide in the produce and electronics departments. The PAR38 style LED lamp was selected for its energy-efficiency, long lifetime, controlled beam and high color-rendition. Designed to last 50,000 hours, the lamp consumes 82% less energy than the 70-watt ceramic metal halide bulbs it replaces and can last more than five years in a 24/7 operating environment.
Cree`s LR6 recessed LED downlights are being used in new construction applications.
McDonald’s hoping for LEED Gold for Cary, N.C., location
New York City McDonald’s is hoping to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its unit in Cary, N.C.
The restaurant, which opened in July, replaced a 25-year-old McDonald’s on the same spot. The original building was torn down and rebuilt (with materials that feature a high recycled content) to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“My efforts in building this store are two fold: to be economically sound with energy-efficient methods and, at the same time, to provide a modern space for the enjoyment of customers, “ said Rica Richards, McDonald’s franchise owner/operator.
Similar to McDonald’s other green restaurant projects, the Cary location will serve as learning lab to provide a better understanding of green technologies and how they could be applied to new and existing restaurant designs. It features a daylighting system that utilizes tubular daylighting devices (from Solatube, Vista, Calif.), and is lit 97% with LED lights (from Cree, Durham, N.C.). The LEDs are featured throughout the space, including dining areas, kitchen, and restrooms as well as the drive-thru.
The Cary McDonald’s has a fully automated, intelligent lighting-control system that combines light from the high-efficiency LEDs and daylighting from the Solatube skylights with a photo sensor to maintain the proper light levels on work surfaces.
Compared with the standard lighting packages, the restaurant consumes 78% less electricity for lighting.
The building also uses water conservation measures such as low-flow toilets and landscaping consisting of native and adaptive plants and trees requiring little or no irrigation. Richards expects this will allow the restaurant to save 550,000 gallons of water annually.
In other green measures, the table and wall decor incorporate rapidly renewable materials such as sunflower seed board, wheat board, bamboo and kirei board. An educational touch screen in the dining room is designed to inform guests about the building and its environmental benefits.