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Walgreens to build nation’s first net zero energy retail store

BY Marianne Wilson

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens announced plans to build what the company believes will be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store. The store, which is predicted to produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes, will be located in Evanston, Ill., at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Keeney Street, where demolition of an existing Walgreens store now is under way.

Engineering estimates — which can vary due to such factors as weather, store operations and systems performance — indicate that the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 256,000 kilowatt hours per year.

“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and leading the retail industry in the use of green technology,” stated Thomas Connolly, Walgreens VP facilities development. “We are investing in developing a net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our other stores. Because we operate 8,000 stores, we believe our pursuit of green technology can have a significant positive impact on the nation’s environment.”

Walgreens plans to generate electricity and reduce its usage by more than 40% through several technologies in the store including:

  • More than 800 roof-top solar panels;
  • Two wind turbines;
  • Geothermal energy obtained by drilling 550 ft. into the ground below the store, where temperatures are more constant and can be tapped to heat or cool the store in winter and summer;
  • LED lighting and daylight harvesting;
  • Carbon dioxide refrigerant for heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment; and
  • Energy efficient building materials.

The drugstore retailer will seek to have the store achieve LEED Platinum status, the most stringent green designation by the U.S. Green Building Council, and plans to enter the store into the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge. The store will be Walgreens’ second showcase project in the Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge.

The store’s Evanston location is close to Walgreens’ headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., which will allow convenient access for the company’s engineers to measure the store’s performance for an entire year to determine if the store reaches its goal of net-zero energy use.

Over the past year, Walgreens engineers have worked with the city of Evanston and vendors, including Trane, CREE Lighting, Acuity Lighting, Cooper Lighting, CalStar Products, GE Lighting, Geothermal International, SoCore Energy, Wing Power and Camburas and Theodore Architects.

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RetailMeNot launches online magazine

BY CSA STAFF

AUSTIN, Texas— Online coupons site RetailMeNot.com has launched a new online magazine, The Real Deal by RetailMeNot. As the editorial voice of RetailMeNot.com, the lifestyle daily delivers shopping, fashion, beauty, parenting, personal finance and seasonal advice to help consumers get more for their money, so they can get more for their lives.

“The Real Deal by RetailMeNot cuts through the clutter to help all types of shoppers spend wisely, so they can get more for their lives,” said editor-in-chief Kristen Remeza. “Each of our seasoned journalists works to uncover the best products in the marketplace and then align those with the best deals, both online and in-store, to make shopping more affordable. It is our goal to arm every consumer with the right offers, insights and advice to help them become smarter, more empowered deal seekers.”

From March 6 to March 15, in celebration of the launch, visitors to The Real Deal by RetailMeNot (www.retailmenot.com/blog) can share the blog with their friends via email, IM, Facebook or Twitter to be registered to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. RetailMeNot will be giving away 20 cards per day for 10 days. The more you share, the more chances you have to win!

Featured sections of The Real Deal by RetailMeNot include:

Savings Campaign

RetailMeNot’s Savings Campaign continues to focus on helping Americans become more financially literate consumers. Savings Campaign contributors include award-winning journalist and personal finance expert Jean Chatzky, Emmy Award–winning technology expert Katie Linendoll and writers from Junior Achievement USA, a nonprofit that empowers young people to own their economic success through work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy programs.The core belief of the campaign is that through helpful advice from well-known thought leaders, consumers can become smarter and more informed shoppers.

Weekly Coupon Roundup

Published on Tuesdays, this series features a curated roundup of RetailMeNot’s best coupons of the week, often themed around a holiday or seasonal event.

Seasonal Gift Guides

Covering everything from Valentine’s Day to Christmas and every holiday in between, The Real Deal by RetailMeNot makes gift giving easy by highlighting the hottest products in each category and matching them to the best deals. It’s the best of both worlds: great gift ideas at great prices.

Trae’s Tips

Before Senior Editor Trae Bodge writes about any product, she tests it out first. With that hands-on experience she’s able to stay above the hype and provide unbiased reporting about the best products in the marketplace. Trae’s articles are a blend of news reporting and opinion, and range from product roundups to shopping tips.

What’s In Store?

In this series The Real Deal by RetailMeNot editors talk to insiders at well-known retailers and ask them all the questions consumers want to know. Whether it’s learning from Proflowers which flower arrangements last the longest or getting the 411 on diamond clarity and cut from Blue Nile, our writers talk to industry experts about how to shop smart.

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RILA report details retailers’ ongoing progress in sustainability

BY Marianne Wilson

Arlington, Va. — Sustainability teams in retail companies are growing, and reporting levels are gaining seniority, according to a new survey by the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The report, RILA’s second Retail Sustainability Report, was done in sponsorship with Ernst & Young, The survey uncovered six significant trends, specifically that:

1. Sustainability teams are growing. Most companies surveyed have full-time sustainability teams. Teams are growing, and reporting levels are gaining seniority.

2. Sustainability investment payback requirements are two- to three years. Most companies act on sustainability investments that expect a two- to three-year payback.

3. Breadth of sustainability activities are increasing. Companies project that the responsibilities of the sustainability function will significantly increase in scope over the next two years.

4. Tracking of sustainability metrics will grow in prevalence. Most retailers measure energy, fuel, material usage, and waste generation. More than 25% more retailers will begin to measure code of conduct compliance, water usage, suppliers audited for social compliance, renewable energy generation and chemicals of concern over the next two years.

5. Three key stakeholders are applying pressure. Pressure for retail sustainability efforts is strongest from employees, competitors and regulators.

6.There are identifiable attributes of top performing companies. Certain concrete attributes contribute to the growth and success of a retail sustainability program.

The report is divided into two sections. The first, Managing Sustainability, outlines the structure of sustainability teams, and companies’ investment, planning, measuring and reporting strategies. The data showed that most respondents have full-time sustainability teams, which have been growing in staff size over the last four years — to keep pace with the growing breadth of responsibilities.

However, despite the growth in staff, sustainability budgets are remaining the same. This staff growth can in part be attributed to the primary benefits that respondents perceive as attributable to their sustainability programs, namely reduced costs, brand enhancement and risk management.

The second part of the report, Implementing Sustainability, discusses operational strategies for buildings and supply chains, as well as stakeholder engagement. Waste and energy reduction are the top facility-related improvements that retailers are undertaking, though managing greenhouse gas emissions and water use and building with green techniques will grow significantly over the next two years.

Supply chain improvements have focused on transportation fuel efficiency, materials, including chemicals of concern and packaging design. Managing all aspects of the product life cycle, from design through use and disposal will become increasingly prevalent practices over the next two years. Transparency remains a key trend: disclosing the social and environmental impacts of product supply chains is a growing practice.

The report can be viewed at Retailsustainability.com.

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