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Loblaw’s to launch program to convert organic waste to electricity

BY CSA STAFF

Bramption, Ontario Grocer Loblaw Cos. and Canadian biogas company StormFisher Biogas have agreed to convert all of the organic trimmings produced at Loblaw corporate grocery stores in southwestern Ontario into renewable energy at a new StormFisher renewable-energy facility in London, Ontario.

According to a report in Progressive Grocer, the 47 Loblaw stores covered by the agreement are expected to provide organics that can generate the same amount of electricity as that used by about 225 homes annually, thereby reducing over 300 tons of CO2 equivalent yearly.

The StormFisher facility is slated to begin operation in late 2010.

A subsidiary of George Weston, Loblaw operates more than 1,000 corporate and franchised stores across Canada.

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GameStop makes Newsweek’s “Greenest” list

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Grapevine, Texas GameStop Corp. said Monday it is included in Newsweek magazine’s inaugural “Greenest Big Companies in America” Top 500 ranking.

The retailer ranked 36th out of 52 retailers and 228th out of the 500 companies included on the list.

The comprehensive list is also viewable online at newsweek.com.

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Webinar attendance reflects growing interest in solar energy

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New York City As interest in sustainability grows, more retail customers are investigating options to utilize renewable energy and own or buy electricity at a fixed rate and take advantage of tax credits. A solar photovoltaic system, for example, provides both a sustainable energy solution and options for long-term electricity price stability, along with many additional benefits.

Chain Store Age and Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider Electric hosted a Webinar on Thursday, called “Introduction to Solar Solutions for Retail Environments” that examined solar technology and the steps required to implement a successful solar energy system in a retail environment. The event attracted hundreds of attendees, reflecting the growing interest in solar energy.

Sign in to access an archive version of the Webinar by visiting chainstoreage.com/Schneider.

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