Walgreens turns out the lights for ‘Earth Hour’
Deerfield, Ill. Walgreens plans to participate in “Earth Hour” by turning off its signs in Chicago and New York City for one hour starting locally at 8:30 p.m. on March 28.
Nearly 150 Walgreens stores throughout Chicago and neighboring communities will turn off all exterior signs, the company said. Lights in the parking lot, entrance and pharmacy drive-thru will remain on for security and safety reasons. Window signs in stores will inform customers of Walgreens participation and encourage community involvement.
In New York City, the Walgreens billboard in Times Square will also go dark.
Yum! Brands opens eco-friendly store
Louisville, Ky. Yum! Brands, parent of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silver’s and A&W brands, said Friday it has opened a green store in Northampton, Mass., for which it will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
The restaurant, located in Northampton, Mass., is a dual-branded KFC/Taco Bell store, and is designed to use 30% less energy and water than a conventionally built structure. In other green features, the unit utilizes solar energy, LED lighting, energy-efficient kitchen equipment, a low-flow water system and harvests rainwater to be used for irrigation purposes.
In addition, the store’s interior has been designed with recycled building materials. The restaurant also composts and recycles waste and converts its frying oil into biofuel.
Meijer to Install Wind Turbines
Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer is expanding its green initiatives to include the use of wind power.
“This is a very exciting project for Meijer,” said Stacie Behler, VP, communications and public affairs, Meijer. “We continue to look for ways to decrease our carbon footprint and this wind turbine project is yet another example of how we can apply innovation to be more green.”
Current plans are for six wind turbines to be installed on the roof of the Meijer headquarters facility with meters placed inside the building. The wind turbines are being manufactured by locally based Cascade Engineering and should be installed within the next 45 days. Meijer is also hoping to expand its wind turbine project to include its stores in the west Michigan lakeshore communities of Grand Haven and Norton Shores.
Meijer has launched numerous green initiatives through the past few years, including the construction of LEED certified stores, a plastic bag recycling program and the continued expansion of green products sold inside the stores, including re-usable bags.