Walgreens details environmental efforts
Deerfield, Ill. – Walgreens affirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability, innovative technology and renewable energy initiatives during Earth Week 2012. Currently, the drugstore chain has 134 solar panel installations at its stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters.
In addition, the company utilizes an energy management system that monitors electricity, water, lighting, refrigeration temperatures, heating and cooling and waste management at more than 3,000 stores to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs while extending equipment life.
Walgreens is the nation’s largest retail host of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and has plans to offer this service at 800 locations.
“Sustainability is not only smart for our communities and planet but makes good business sense, said Walgreens director of energy and sustainability Menno Enters. “The feedback we are receiving from customers and team members about all of our sustainability initiatives has been very positive, and we will continue to find ways to lead in this space.”
Walgreens is among dozens of companies–and the only drugstore chain–to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. As part of the challenge, Walgreens is committed to reducing its energy usage by 20%across all of its stores and facilities by 2020.
In 2010, the company became the nation’s first drugstore chain to install a geothermal energy system at one of its stores in Oak Park, Ill. The company’s Mira Mesa, Calif., location also became the first drugstore to receive LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Five Shaw’s Supermarkets reach waste milestone
West Bridgewater, Mass. — Five Shaw’s Supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, have reached a major environmental milestone in the company’s “zero waste” program by diverting over 90% of all store waste from local landfills.
The environmental impact of the five stores has been significant:
- In November 2010, the stores were generating an average of 745 lbs. of waste each day per store.
- Today, each store is averaging just over 200 lbs. of landfill waste per day, a 268% reduction in total landfill waste resulting from these stores.
Shaw’s has eliminated 1,257 full garbage truck trips annually to the landfill.
The goal of the Shaw’s zero-waste program is to eliminate landfill waste from operations. The program places a significant emphasis on each store’s ability to maximize recycling, food donations, organic composting and overall waste reduction. Additionally, every Shaw’s location is diverting all of its organic materials, soft plastics, hard plastics, and all of its paper and cardboard.
Hodgdon Group completes Ashley Furniture project, launches Total Wine construction
Laguna Hills, Calif. — The Hodgdon Group said it has completed construction on the conversion of a Circuit City building in Laguna Hills, Calif., for the grand opening of an Ashley Furniture HomeStore on Friday, April 20.
The former Circuit City building was expanded to make way for a fully remodeled 51,000-sq.-ft. retail building, which includes the new 33,000-sq.-ft. Ashley Furniture HomeStore plus Total Wine & More in the remaining 18,000 sq. ft.
A 4,000-sq.-ft. Chick-fil-A restaurant with a drive-thru will be located on an outparcel. Total Wine & More and Chick-fil-A are expected to open early summer.
This is the 13th Ashley HomeStore to be completed by the Hodgdon Group.