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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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Darden announces system-wide sustainability goals

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Orlando, Fla. Darden Restaurants announced it has committed to reducing energy and water usage by 15% by the year 2015 in each of its 1,800 restaurants across North America.

The company also announced that it has joined the Sustainability Consortium, an independent organization of diverse global participants working collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability.

“Darden is committed to sustainability,” said Ian Olson, director of sustainability for Darden. “Our business relies on a number of natural resources, and these goals are designed to help us be the best stewards of those resources that we can be. At the same time, our membership in the Sustainability Consortium will allow us to build on our efforts by combining our knowledge and insights with organizations in other fields, effectively multiplying our impact.”

Darden has set goals to reduce per-restaurant energy and water use by 15% by 2015 and, long term, to send zero waste to landfills. To date, the company has implemented water-saving measures estimated to cut usage by 700,000 gallons per year in each of its restaurants; installed energy-efficient lighting in all kitchens; and implemented fixed “Power Up” schedules to help reduce energy consumption.

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