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PetSmart names former Sara Lee and publishing exec as senior VP/general counsel

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Phoenix — PetSmart said Tuesday it has named Paulette Dodson to the position of senior VP, general counsel and secretary.

Dodson was previously senior VP, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee Corp. Before joining Sara Lee, she spent 14 years at the Tribune Co. – which owns The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times – most recently as assistant general counsel for publishing.

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Johnson Controls survey: Energy savings and incentives driving investment decisions

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Energy cost savings, government/utility incentives and rebates, and enhanced brand or public image ranked as the top drivers of energy-efficiency decision-making in the United States and Canada, according to a global survey of building owners and operators and facility managers by Johnson Controls.

"Building owners are investing in energy efficiency because they recognize the financial payback," said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls, Building Efficiency. "This year’s survey demonstrates there’s a change underway. The mantra for commercial real estate owners used to be location, location, location – now it’s becoming location, efficiency, location."

Among U.S. and Canadian respondents, interest in energy efficiency jumped 20% from 2011 to 2012, according to the 2012 Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator. Sixty-six percent of U.S., and Canadian executives reported in 2011 that energy management was very or extremely important to their organizations, and in 2012 that number increased to 86%. Seventy percent said they were paying more attention to energy in 2012 than in 2011.

Among all regions, the United States/Canada had the largest proportion of organizations investing in energy efficiency (74%). However, only 25% had invested in renewable energy, the lowest among all global regions priorities,

In other U.S./Canadian findings:

  • Forty-six percent of business executives planned to increase spending in the next 12 months, while 39% expected investment to stay the same.
  • The top three energy-efficiency measures adopted in the past 12 months included: lighting improvements (78%), HVAC and/or controls improvements (77%), and water-efficiency improvements (45%).

The 2012 survey is the sixth global EEI survey conduced by Johnson Controls through its Institute for Building Efficiency.

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CVS Caremark’s workforce well-being program recognized by National Business Group on Health

BY CSA STAFF

WOONSOCKET, R.I — CVS Caremark has been selected by the National Business Group on Health as a platinum winner for its 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards. CVS Caremark’s workforce well-being program was noted to be a role model for other companies striving to improve employee health, productivity and well-being.

The award was presented at the Business Group’s Institute on Innovation in Workforce Well-being Leadership Summit held in Washington, D.C.

"As a pharmacy innovation company, we know our colleagues are our greatest asset and we are committed to their health, careers and well-being," said Lisa Bisaccia, SVP and chief human resources officer for CVS Caremark. "We are excited to be recognized and we thank the National Business Group on Health for this honor."

The three main components of CVS Caremark’s WellRewards program are biometric screenings, health risk assessment and rewards. With the WellRewards program, colleagues earn rewards each time they take a step to improve their well-being, such as getting a preventive screening or flu shot, or joining a smoking cessation, weight loss, EAP or maternity program.

The Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards program, now in its eighth year, acknowledges those employers that have responded to the need to improve their employees’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to encourage all employers to take action.

The National Business Group on Health is a nonprofit, membership organization of large employers devoted to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues and to being the voice for large employers on national healthcare issues.

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