Wal-Mart awards eco-friendly school
Bentonville, Ark. Wal-Mart Stores said Monday it has named Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Ore., as “America’s Most Eco-Friendly School” in the retailer’s “Earth Day Every Day School Challenge.”
Among its eco-initiatives, the school reports that it consumes 30% less energy than every other school built to the Oregon code, and it plans to install solar panels on the building’s roof toward further reductions.
Corvallis High was chosen as the grand prize winner in an online vote, and will be awarded a $20,000 grant from Wal-Mart to further its environmental efforts.
“Corvallis High School is an excellent example of the impact young Americans can make in creating a greener, healthier planet,” said Matt Kistler, senior VP sustainability, Wal-Mart.
The competing schools’ videos and essays were posted at earthdayeverydaychallenge.com, and from June 9 through June 19, Americans were asked to vote for the school they believed should be awarded the $20,000 grand prize.
Wal-Mart awarded 20 finalists with a $500 Wal-Mart gift card, which can be used to purchase items that will help enhance the school’s Earth-friendly activities.
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San Francisco passes mandatory food composting law
San Francisco San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that will require both city residents and businesses, including restaurants, to compost food scraps, beginning this fall.
Believed to the first mandatory composting law in the nation, the legislation is part of the city’s broader plan to divert 75% of resources from landfills by 2010 and to achieve zero waste by 2020.
Under the new rules, businesses and residents will face fines ranging from $100 to $500 if they don’t separate their garbage into recyclables, compostables and trash in designated containers.
The new law makes San Francisco a leader yet again in environmentally friendly measures, following up on other green initiatives such as banning plastic bags at supermarkets.
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Starbucks launches new green store design strategy
New York City Coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Corp. on Thursday announced a new global design strategy that seeks to reinvigorate its in-store experience. New store designs will reflect the character of each store’s surrounding neighborhood while helping to reduce its environmental impact. The company will source materials and employ craftsmen on a localized basis, and will incorporate reused and recycled elements where possible.
Starbucks said it will use the design strategy in stores as they are built and renovated. The company said it hopes to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification on all new Starbucks-operated stores starting in 2010.
While new store designs will reflect the character of the community, they will share several core characteristics, including an emphasis on enhanced energy efficiency, sourcing materials and employing craftsmen on a localized basis, and incorporating reused and recycled elements where possible. Other common elements include a focus on storytelling and customer engagement through all five senses.
“Ultimately, we hope customers will feel an enhanced sense of community, a deeper connection to our coffee heritage and a greater level of commitment to environmental consciousness,” said Arthur Rubinfeld, president, Starbucks Global Development.
Starbucks said the new design is on display in two stores in Seattle. Both locations are registered to be LEED certified.
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