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.”
Retailers celebrate Earth Day
New York City — Retailers across the nation issued updates on their environmental initiatives in the days leading up to Earth Day, April 22. Starbucks Coffee Co. released its tenth annual "Global Responsibility Report," noting it has reduced water use, increased its renewable energy purchases and is testing a new energy management story (see story here).
Wal-Mart Stores detailed its environmental progress in its “2011 Global Responsibility Report.’ The discounter said it has made steady year-to-year improvement towards its goals of creating zero waste, using 100% renewable energy (see story here). Macy’s celebrated Earth Day by announcing several green initiatives, including the news it is switching to eco-friendly hangers for all apparel and increasing its use of solar power (see story here).