Walgreens expanding solar installations to more than 200 stores
Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens and solar developer SoCore Energy, Chicago, announced on Wednesday that they will build more than 200 new solar installations at Walgreens stores throughout California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
This latest initiative will bring the number of completed solar installations at Walgreens stores to more than 350, making the company the leading retailer in number of solar powered stores.
“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and leading the retail industry in use of green technology,” stated Thomas Connolly, Walgreens VP of facilities development. “Because we operate more than 8,000 stores, we believe our implementation of sustainable energy technology can have a significant positive impact on the nation’s environment while also creating jobs.”
The upcoming rollout will produce an estimated 13.5 million kilowatt hours annually, the equivalent of offsetting the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,400 homes for one year, the companies stated. Included in the program is Walgreens net-zero energy, LEED Platinum store in Evanston, Ill., which will feature more than 850 rooftop solar panels.
Walgreens will host the solar arrays, and SoCore Energy will own, operate and maintain them. This model has proven to be successful for the two companies since 2011, when the two collaborated on a 53-store rollout across the state of Ohio.
The solar rollout is the latest of many green initiatives for Walgreens, which has committed to a chain wide 20% energy reduction by 2020 through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The company currently operates a store in Oak Park, Ill., that uses geothermal energy, and a distribution center in Waxahachie, Texas, that generates energy through the use of wind. Walgreens has 400 locations with electric vehicle charging stations. On the lighting front, Walgreens stores use 25-watt fluorescent lamps (lowest wattage in the industry), and LEDs in their coolers and freezers.
In addition, 15 Walgreens distribution centers have achieved net zero waste, which means revenues from recycling exceed waste expense, the company stated.
Faber-Castell adds exec with creativity credentials
Art suppliers and writing instrument supplier Faber-Castell USA named Delanie West as VP of the company’s Creativity Center.
In her new role, West will be responsible for the development, design and creative services hub of Faber-Castell USA and the Creativity for Kids and Faber-Castell brands. West was previously creative director at Black Girls RUN, SDI Technologies (iHome) and was vp and general manager of creative and product development at EK Success/Wilton Brands, where she specialized in international product sourcing, key account and manufacturer relations, product, brand, art & design development, color forecasting & trend spotting.
“We are delighted and energized to add Delanie to our team,” said Jamie Gallagher, Faber-Castell USA CEO. “Her role will be crucial as we continue to develop and market products that provide the best quality, creative experiences for a lifetime.”
West will also serve as a member of the Faber-Castell USA operating committee. Faber-Castell USA is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and is part of the global network of Faber-Castell companies in countries such as Australia, Brazil and Malaysia. The firm was founded more than 250 years ago as a pencil manufacturer, but today markets brands such as Creativity for Kids, Premium Children’s Art Products, Design Memory Craft, Creative Studio, Art & Graphic, Design and Graf Von Faber-Castell.
On the road with the L.L.Bean Bootmobile
FREEPORT, Maine — Outdoor gear and apparel multichannel merchant L.L.Bean is revving up its Bootmobile and hitting the road as part of the company’s 2013 Outdoor Discovery Tour, which encourages people to enjoy the outdoors.
With the help of its expert Outdoor Discovery Schools guides, L.L.Bean aims to show families how to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. The multi-city tour kicks off in New York City Saturday, June 22, with free kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fly casting instruction as part of the 9th annual Adventures NYC in Central Park.
“We’re concerned that people — particularly children — are spending less time outside than ever before and losing out on the physical and mental benefits of the outdoors,” said CEO Chris McCormick. “With our 2013 Outdoor Discovery Tour and Outdoor Discovery Schools programming, our goal is to make the outdoors both accessible and fun, hopefully helping to instill a lifelong passion for the outdoors.”
The Outdoor Discovery Tour heads to Pittsburgh June 29, to Philadelphia July 13 and to Chicago July 20. There, and at additional cities, expert guides will demonstrate outdoor activities, promote local outdoor resources and share their own experiences to inspire others to follow suit. In Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, L.L.Bean will host an Outdoor Discovery Day, so families can try new activities like fly casting and geocaching or learn the basics of camping.
L.L.Bean is also offering dozens of courses through its popular Outdoor Discovery Schools, ranging from multi-day expeditions to free clinics right in the store. Additionally, people can search thousands of national, state and local parks using L.L.Bean’s ParkFinder tool on the company’s website to identify outdoor activities in which to participate. The company offers a free Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder app, for iPhone, iPad and Android, so customers can find hiking trails or other like activities.