Whole Foods extends commitment to renewable power, energy efficiency
Austin, Texas Whole Foods Market Tuesday announced a comprehensive energy commitment that more than triples the number of stores with solar panels, extending its commitment to offset 100% of its use of non-renewable electricity with wind energy, and investing in energy-reduction opportunities while retrofitting existing stores with energy-efficient lighting, equipment and mechanical components.
"Whole Foods Market is thrilled to set the environmental bar even higher by pioneering the development and deployment of alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power," said Lee Matecko, Whole Foods Market, global VP construction and store development. "We are also reducing energy consumption in new and existing stores with some exciting innovative technologies that are making a real difference."
Whole Foods Market recently contracted to add solar to more than 20 locations, including existing installations, bringing solar to the rooftops of more than 30 of the company’s stores nationwide. Including potential future rollout phases, Whole Foods Market hopes to have close to 70 total locations with rooftop solar panels, close to one-fourth of the company’s total number of stores.
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Glass retires from Wal-Mart board
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Former Wal-Mart president and CEO David Glass has chosen not to stand for re-election to the company’s board of directors at Wal-Mart’s annual shareholders’ meeting on June 5.
Glass joined Wal-Mart as EVP finance in 1976, was elected to its board a year later and named president in 1984. He succeeded the company’s founder Sam Walton as president and CEO in January 1988 and remained in that position until retiring in January 2000.
Michaels hosts Mother’s Day craft events
IRVING, Texas Michaels announced it will host a week of free Mother’s Day events May 2 through May 10.
The events, in all U.S. and Canada stores, will feature Michaels’ Top 5 Mother’s Day personalized projects: picture frames, decorated T-shirts, jewelry, cards and paper flower bouquets. Other workshops include keepsake corsages, keepsake plates and coupon books moms can redeem with her kids for chores and favors.
“We know families are very busy and these free workshops will give them an easy, convenient and inexpensive way to make Mother’s Day special on any budget,” said Michaels’ chief marketing officer Stuart Aitken. “Our customer survey showed that more than 90% of people said a thoughtful, handmade gift would be valued, and moms especially treasure gifts made for them by their children.”
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