Mall of America to install LEDs in parking ramps
Bloomington, Minn. — Mall of America plans to replace 5,400 metal halide and high-pressure sodium fixtures in the parking ramps with specially designed new fixtures LED technology from Acuity Brands. The installation will begin in July. It is part of a multi-faceted sustainability program that will be announced during the coming months. Anticipated completion will be this fall.
"To continue with our dedication to being environmentally responsible, we are thrilled to announce a project of this magnitude," said Rich Hoge, director of technical operations for Mall of America. "It is incredible to be able to reduce our parking ramp energy demand by two-thirds or in excess of an 800KW demand reduction."
This conversion project, the largest of its kind in the United States, will reduce energy consumption in the ramps by two-thirds. The benefits of LED beyond lower energy consumption include better performance in cold temperatures, a life expectancy of more than 50,000 hours, no use of mercury and directional efficiency. LED lamps are also a powerful way to reduce light pollution, which has become a concern across the country.
Since opening, Mall of America has heavily invested in capital and team resources to reduce its operating footprint across many activities. The Mall recycles more than 60% of its waste, an average of 32,000 tons per year.
Office Depot launches Green Business Challenge
Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot is launching the 2011 Green Business Challenge in partnership with Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI) and elected officials from across the United States.
The Green Business Challenge program seeks to engage local property managers and tenants in a friendly competition to save energy, reduce waste and water consumption, procure greener products, and implement other sustainable activities within their companies. It was initially piloted in 2010 as the City of Chicago "Green Office Challenge" and organized by the Chicago Department of Environment and ICLEI USA. Office Depot was the primary underwriter of the challenge in Chicago and directly supported key aspects of the initial program development.
As the Presenting Sponsor of the 2011 Green Business Challenge, Office Depot will provide the core funding for a national rollout of the program, producing “Green Business Challenge Implementation Packs,” which will be given to the cities of Austin, Bellevue and Chula Vista. These packs include direct funding and technical support, as well as products and services designed to help local governments manage the Green Business Challenge. In addition, Office Depot will provide participating cities and businesses with greener purchase training.
"Most corporate environmental efforts focus primarily on the supply chain or internal operations, but very few focus on shifting the marketplace," said Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy for Office Depot. "ICLEI USA’s Green Business Challenge provides a simple step-by-step approach for businesses of all sizes to go greener. Office Depot is excited to be the presenting sponsor of the Green Business Challenge because we know that encouraging the business community to go greener can have a transformational impact all the way up the supply chain."
Wegmans leaves ‘circle W’ to Walgreens
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets and Walgreens have agreed to settle the lawsuit commenced by Walgreens in November 2010, in which the drug store chain claimed that certain Wegmans logos infringed Walgreens trademarks, the supermarket chain announced Friday.
According to Wegmans, the grocer agreed to discontinue the use of the “circle W” symbol on its Wegmans brand product packaging by June 30, 2012. Wegmans retained the right to freely use the name “Wegmans” in script, as well as its other marks. Wegmans did not admit liability as part of the settlement.
“The cost of making relatively minor changes to a limited number of products was much less than the cost of litigating this case to the end,” Wegmans director of media relations Jo Natale said. “We wanted to return to a logo we had used many decades ago. There was never any intent on our part to make our products or logos resemble those of Walgreens.”