Gap taps Schimenti Construction for Athleta NYC flagship
Ridgefield, Conn. — Gap tapped Schimenti Construction to build the company’s flagship Athleta location in New York City.
The 3,922-sq.-ft. store, which features performance apparel and gear for the active woman, is in a landmark building on Columbus Avenue, in Manhattan. The space was completed in 13 weeks from start to opening.
The store, designed by Phillips Partnership, Atlanta, has a warm, rustic brick and wood décor. It has three specific sections — yoga, running and exploring — and offers in-store fitness lectures, yoga and Zumba classes.
Athleta was founded in 1998 and was acquired by Gap in 2008.
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Panera Bread on EPA’s list of top green power purchasers
New York City — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Panera Bread’s 35 Maryland locations are on EPA’s list of top green power purchasers among retailers.
The company’s green power purchase of more than 11 million kilowatt hours for its 35 Maryland bakery-cafes is equivalent to avoiding the yearly carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 1,400 passenger vehicles or from more than 800 average American homes’ electricity use.
Panera Bread is purchasing enough wind power with renewable electricity certificates (RECs) for 100% of its electricity use. Green power is generated from renewable resources including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydropower.
"Panera Bread’s Maryland locations are switching from traditional sources of electricity generation to cleaner, renewable energy alternatives,” said EPA’s Mid-Atlantic regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin.
EPA’s Green Power Partnership works with more than 1,300 partner organizations that are voluntarily purchasing green power to reduce the environmental impacts of conventional electricity use. Purchases of green power also help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and produce no net increase to greenhouse gas emissions.
Office Depot is only retailer in Top 10 of annual green ranking by Newsweek
New York City — For the second year in a row, Office Depot was recognized in Newsweek magazine’s annual “Green Rankings” as the greenest large retailer in America. Across all industry sectors, Office Depot was ranked as America’s 8th greenest large company, a move up of 10 spots from last year, and was the only retailer in the U.S. Top 10 list.
Office Depot not only achieved the highest aggregate green score in the U.S. retail industry, but also led in Environmental Management, and disclosure of performance data.
The chain’s accomplishments on the building and facilities side include:
- Reducing its North American waste footprint from 24,000 tons in 2008 to 16,900 in 2010; reducing costs of waste by nearly $1 million dollars a year;
- Reducing its North American electricity footprint from 628,000MWh in 2008 to 499,000MWh in 2010, reducing electricity costs by about $15 million dollars a year;
- Reducing its North American carbon footprint from 401,000 metric tons CO2e in 2008 to 319,000 metric tons CO2e, while driving reduction in carbon intensity as well;
- Increasing its LEED-certified buildings footprint from 21,000 sq. ft. in 2008 to 656,000 sq. ft. in 2010, and targeting 1.1 million sq. ft. in upcoming years.
On the customer side, Office Depot recently launched its GreenerOffice Delivery Service, which is on track to save over 3,000 tons of wood and approximately $1.5 million a year by delivering goods in paper bags rather than cardboard boxes.