Timberland opens eco-friendly store in Boston
Stratham, N.H. — The Timberland Co. has opened its new Boston retail location, at 201 Newbury Street. Construction on the store — housed in the old Prince School building — began earlier this year.
In step with Timberland stores worldwide, the new 2,500-sq.-ft. space is designed to reflect the company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. Eco-conscious build-out features include the use of reclaimed wood and other materials; FSC certified woods; LED lighting; Energy Star eligible equipment and appliances; low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints; "Ecotech" recycled stoneware floor tiles; tabletops reclaimed from athletic bleachers; and water-conserving plumbing fixtures.
The space also features an original 25-ft. x 4-ft. mural, which celebrates Boston neighborhoods as well as "green spaces" throughout the Boston area.
"Everything we do is informed by our New England heritage — from how we design our products and build our stores to how we engage with the local community,” said Jeff Swartz, president & CEO, Timberland.
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Walmart goes solar in Puerto Rico
Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart announced the deployment of five rooftop solar arrays for Walmart and Sam’s Club locations in Puerto Rico. The solar program is made possible through a solar energy service agreement where Sun Edison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, will design, deploy, operate and maintain over three megawatts of solar technologies across the five locations with no upfront costs to Walmart.
In return, Walmart stores will use the energy being generated on its rooftops to offset demand from the grid and buy the energy at long-term predictable energy rates — creating long-term energy savings.
Walmart and SunEdison commemorated the occasion at a “flip the switch” event that was held at the Walmart in Caguas. The Caguas Walmart houses more than 3,200 solar photovoltaic panels and is expected to generate more than 1 million kilowatt hours of energy annually — meeting over 20% of the store’s energy needs.
As part of its Sustainability Program implemented in 2006, Walmart Puerto Rico has other important initiatives like building new stores that are 30% more energy efficient and the significant reduction of solid waste at all of its locations.
“We are committed to diversify our sources of energy because our final goal is to depend 100% on renewable energy. The installation of the most advanced technology in solar energy in five of our stores in Puerto Rico means that more than 100 million lbs. of carbon dioxide will not be generated for the next 15 years, and that makes a positive impact in our environment,” said Javier Rojo, Walmart Puerto Rico’s development director.
SunEdison has previously deployed over 2.7MW of solar for Walmart in California and Hawaii, including a 1.1 MW solar power plant at a distribution center in Apple Valley, Calif.
Extra packaging a waste for grocery manufacturers
WASHINGTON — Consumers can expect to find less packaging with their food and beverages in the coming years as manufacturers look to eliminate waste. The Grocery Manufacturers Association found that by 2020 2.5 billion pounds of waste is expected to be avoided by 2020. This is on top of the 1.5 billion pounds of packaging avoided since 2005.
"Across the board, the food, beverage and consumer products industry has been vigilant in its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint," said Pamela Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. "When it comes to eliminating packaging from the supply chain, we have already made significant progress, but we know we can do more. We look forward meeting this goal to eliminate four billion pounds of packaging by 2020."
The 1.5 billion pounds of packaging avoided since 2005 includes more than 800 million pounds of plastic and more than 500 million pounds of paper. Packaging improvements have spanned most product categories, with no single category dominating. Companies reported that they achieved the 2005 to 2010 reductions through the success of more than 180 distinct improvement initiatives that included package redesigns and increased use of recyclable inputs.