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Publix gets first LEED Gold certification

BY CSA STAFF

Lakeland, Fla. Publix announced that its store in Sarasota, Fla., has become its first Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified store.

The 28,000-sq.-ft. store, which opened in April 2009, utilizes construction waste recycling, reclaimed water systems, LED light fixtures and skylights, low-flow plumbing fixtures and low-emitting vehicle parking, among other sustainable features.

“We learned a lot about sustainable building through this store,” said Publix director of media relations Maria Brous. “We continue to look for ways to conserve resources and be responsible citizens in our communities while finding the best value for ourselves and our customers.”

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Timberland reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 36%

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Stratham, Calif. The Timberland Co. reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 36% in 2009 over its 2006 baseline for the company’s owned and operated facilities and employee air travel. Timberland reported it is on track to reach its goal of a 50% emissions reduction by the end of 2010.

The company attributed the reduction primarily to increased energy efficiency at its retail locations, renewable energy procurement at its distribution facilities and decreases in employee air travel. All new Timberland stores in North America are built to LEED specifications and the company also achieved energy savings by installing state-of-the-art LED lighting in nearly all of its U.S. stores.

“Timberland is committed to reducing its carbon footprint — both in our facilities and throughout the supply chain — and conducting our business in the most environmentally responsible way,” said Betsy Blaisdell, senior manager, environmental stewardship, Timberland. “In 2009, we made improvements that we are proud of and can continue to build upon.”

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Whole Foods installs car-charging station

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Austin, Texas Whole Foods Markets has installed an electric car charging station at its flagship store in downtown Austin, Texas.

The charging station, powered by Coulomb Technologies is open to all plug-in vehicle drivers. Users can sign up for a monthly access plan with Coulomb ChargePass smart card, or one-time charging by calling a number listed on the charging station.

“Whole Foods Market is committed to supporting wise environmental practices, which means making decisions that positively affect the health of our planet, its people, and its resources,” said Mark Dixon, Whole Foods southwest regional president. “It is our hope that by offering electric vehicle charging, we can support alternative transportation and help Austin residents decrease their environmental impact.”

 

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