Southwest Signs continues green initiatives
San Antonio Southwest Signs continues its “Going Green” initiatives by designing and manufacturing two 100% solar-powered signs in San Antonio.
The eco-friendly signs were installed at Baptist Hospital. It was going to cost the hospital a small fortune to run electrical to the existing sign because it is so far from the facility. Southwest Signs suggested the solar-powered signs to solve their problem, as well as help the hospital reduce power consumption costs and have a positive impact on the environment. Both signs are capable of lighting for 12 hours a night.
Southwest Signs built and installed its first award winning solar-powered sign last year, at the Quarry Golf Course and Restaurant. It was honored by the Texas Sign Association as one of the best smaller freestanding electrical signs in the state of Texas.
Hy-Vee joins EPA’ GreenChill program
New York City Hy-Vee is the latest U.S. supermarket chain to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Program to reduce refrigerant emissions.
“Hy-Vee’s participation in GreenChill underscores the company’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of our operations,” said Michael Smith, Hy-Vee’s director of real estate and sustainability.
By joining GreenChill, Hy-Vee commits to:
- Require that all of its new and remodeled stores use environmentally friendlier refrigerants;
- Reduce the amount of refrigerant they use and eliminate refrigerant leaks; and
- Adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices.
The GreenChill Partnership was launched in 2007 and now has 49 partners with nearly 5,500 stores. The EPA estimates that GreenChill supermarkets have refrigerant leak rates about 50% lower than the industry average.
Ikea reduces CO2 emissions by 5%
New York City Ikea has reduced its total CO2 emissions by 5% and CO2 emissions from goods transport by 10% in fiscal year 2009 compared with the previous year, according to the company’s 2009 Sustainability Report. Ninety-five percent of the home-furnishing retailer’s CO2 emissions is attributed to material extraction, suppliers, customer transportation and the use of products.
In 2010, Ikea will participate in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol by road testing a new global framework for measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Ikea also is committed to reducing emissions in its supply chain. A pilot program is in place to help suppliers reduce their energy use by 30% or more by 2011, focusing on the largest suppliers with the highest energy consumption.
To help meet its long-term goal of powering all Ikea buildings with 100% renewable energy, the company has plans for several solar-panel projects in eight countries during the next four years. The solar panels for up to 150 stores and distribution centers are expected to provide about 10% of their electricity need (the figure may be higher in distribution centers since they use less electricity).
Currently, nine Ikea facilities have solar panels installed with the plan to reach 30 to 40 buildings by the end of fiscal year 2011
The company is also working to use alternative energy sources for heating such as ground source heat pumps, air heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar panels, and is progressing on its alternative fuel project for transport service providers.