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Sustainability highlighted in Office Depot’s 2010 Corporate Citizenship report

BY CSA STAFF

Boca Raton, Fla. Office Depot has released its 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report. The report highlights the company’s commitment to business, ethics, diversity, environmental sustainability and community around the world for the 2009 calendar year.

In the area of sustainability, the report details that, in 2009, Office Depot successfully lowered its waste expenditures by $1 million; reduced company electricity usage and expenses as well as its overall carbon footprint by 11%; and helped customers recycle 73% more material than last year.

Additionally, for the first time the Office Depot report has included stated 2012 goals to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green. The environmental data included in the report has been reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers — ensuring accuracy and transparency. The report is available online at Officedepot.com/corporatecitizenship.

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Albertsons to make power on site with fuel cell

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South Windsor, Conn. Albertsons on Wednesday will open a supermarket in Clairemont, Calif., that will be one of the first in the state to generate nearly 90% of the electricity it needs with a 400-kilowatt fuel cell. The new 55,000-sq.-ft. store is using a fuel cell from UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company.

The project is estimated to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 478 metric tons each year, compared with California non-baseload powerplants. The annual nitrogen oxide emissions reduction is equal to removing 82 cars from the roadways per year.

“When it comes to minimizing our environmental footprint, the Clairemont store is a tremendous achievement for us,” noted Rick Crandall, director of environmental stewardship, Albertsons, which is part of Supervalu. “With the assistance of UTC Power’s fuel cell, it’s our first store that significantly reduces its burden on the power grid.”

Byproduct heat from the fuel cell process will be captured and used to warm water used in the store, heat the store when necessary and to power a chiller to help cool the refrigerated food, resulting in an overall energy efficiency of approximately 60%, nearly twice the efficiency of the U.S. electrical grid.

If there is a power outage within the area, the store will be able to operate without disruption because electricity is generated on-site by the fuel cell. This will allow Albertsons to avoid costly food spoilage and ensure a reliable food supply in emergency situations.

“The availability of incentive funding for clean energy alternatives and rising electricity rates are helping boost interest in fuel cells,” said Neal Montany, director, UTC Power stationary fuel cell business. “We continue to see strong interest in the supermarket sector and have installations at stores in several states.”

Albertsons’ Clairemont store features a number of other eco-friendly measures, including:

  • Highly efficient LED lighting in the dairy and frozen food doors that reduce energy consumption by more than 50% to 65%;
  • Photo sensors in 33 skylights measure the amount of day light from the outdoor sky and adjust the electric light levels accordingly, saving energy;
  • Night curtains that are pulled over all open cold cases in the evening to seal in the cool air, and reduce spoilage and energy costs by up to 25%; and
  • Water-saving faucets and fixtures installed in the restrooms to reduce the amount of water used by over 45%.

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J.C. Penney headquarters is LEED Gold

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Plano, Texas J.C. Penney Co.’s corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building serves as a workplace for more than 5,500 associates and is the third largest campus facility in the nation to receive the designation.

The company spent five years retrofitting the 1.9 million-sq.-ft. facility, addressed areas related to energy and water savings, indoor environmental quality and recycling waste.

“While purchasing renewable energy credits is an easier way to go ‘green,’ we chose to examine our operations and institute meaningful changes that will advance the company’s goal to reduce energy usage 20% by 2015,” said Mike Theilmann, chief human resources and administration officer for J.C. Penney.

The improvements include:

  • Retrofitting lighting systems with high-efficiency ballasts and lamps;
  • Installing occupancy sensors in enclosed office areas to reduce lighting needs;
  • Reducing daily air conditioning and lighting schedules to match operations;
  • Upgrading plumbing fixtures that include motion-controlled faucets;
  • Adjusting operating times for non-essential items such as fountain pumps and landscape lighting;
  • Implementing the use of green cleaning products that have a low environmental impact and do not adversely impact air quality;
  • Managing a comprehensive recycling initiative where associates recycle approximately 852 tons of paper, cardboard, plastics, cans and merchandise samples a year; additionally all cafeteria kitchen waste is recycled for compost; and
  • Utilizing used cooking oil from the cafeteria to make biodiesel to fuel maintenance vehicles.

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