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Walgreens expanding solar energy initiative to 22 stores in Colorado

BY Marianne Wilson

Aurora, Col. — Walgreens has expanded its renewable energy initiative to Colorado. Clean-energy provider SolarCity announced it will implement solar systems at 22 Walgreens stores across 14 different cities in Colorado in the coming months, with the first installation completed in Aurora.

“A strong commitment to the local community is one of our company’s core values,” said Menno Enters, director of energy and sustainability at Walgreens. “SolarCity is helping us contribute to the health of the local communities we operate in by providing us with clean energy as well as contributing to the local economy in Colorado.”

Walgreens began implementing solar in 2007 at many of its retail stores across the country. The new rollout in Colorado brings the chain closer to reaching the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. As a participant in the initiative, the company has committed to reducing its energy use by 20% by the year 2020 across 125 million sq. ft. of its retail floor space.

Walgreens ranked as the second leading retailer in the United States in utilization of renewable energy at its stores, according to Solar Energy Industries Association. The new solar systems cumulatively will reduce more than 47.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 20 years, which is comparable to planting 25,711 trees.

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Publix supports March of Dimes with cutout campaign

BY CSA STAFF

MAITLAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets is supporting the March of Dimees with a new fundraising campaign taking place April 6 through the 27.

The cutout campaign coincides with March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature event, which occurs on April 27 in most areas. Associates will sell the cutouts at the checkout and ask customers to sign their name or the name of a baby they love, creating an impressive in-store display.

“Our customers and associates have trusted us to support organizations and programs that make a difference in the communities in which we live and work,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “We are passionate about the health and wellness of our customers and supporting healthier moms and babies is an extension of who we are. We are proud of our partnership with March of Dimes and thankful for the research and advocacy they are able to provide our communities and beyond.”

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Virtual Piggy banks on former PayPal exec for mobile development

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LOS ANGELES — Virtual Piggy, an online service that allows parents to monitor their children’s online shopping behavior, has appointed Iain Herd as global mobile product director.

With over thirteen years experience in product management, and seven years leading mobile initiatives at major corporations, Iain will be responsible for directing and managing Virtual Piggy’s Mobile First initiative, reporting directly to CEO and founder, Dr. Jo Webber.

Prior to joining Virtual Piggy, Herd, an expert in mobile technology, held the role of global head of mobile partnerships and product at PayPal. During his tenure at the company he launched a number of key mobile services including the PayPal Wallet app for Windows Phone in addition to developing point of sales solutions and carrier billing and device partnerships, establishing PayPal as a key player in the mobile industry.

Said Dr. Jo Webber: “We are thrilled that Iain is joining the company. With over 70% of 12-17 year olds now accessing the Internet via mobile devices, Iain’s expertise, coupled with our technology, will enable us to successfully deliver our first-to-market position in the youth m-commerce market.”

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