Amazon closer to its goal
Amazon is on the road to being fully powered by renewable energy.
The onine giant announced the launch of a 1.1 megawatt solar rooftop installation on its North Las Vegas fulfillment center, which brings the company one step closer to its long-term goal of powering its global operations footprint with 100% renewable energy. The project is Amazon’s second in the state of Nevada, and its 17th rooftop solar installation over the past 14 months in the U.S. The company has a goal to install at least 50 rooftop solar systems globally by 2020.
The North Las Vegas project sits atop a 813,000-sq.-ft. roof and consists of 3,145 individual solar modules—an array the size of 3.5 football fields. The emissions avoided through this installation alone are equivalent to 3.3 million miles driven by an average gas-powered passenger car. Amazon now has 28 wind and solar energy projects across the U.S. that support hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investment in local communities.
“It’s exciting to see 17 of these solar rooftop systems go live in just over one year,” said Tom Chandlee, senior manager of renewable energy at Amazon. “These projects are important steps toward our renewable energy goal and we hope they inspire our employees, customers, and communities as we work together to bring more renewable energy online in the coming months and years.”
Amazon’s recently announced renewable energy projects include solar arrays on fulfillment center rooftops in California, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as wind farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. To date, Amazon has announced or commenced construction on projects that will generate a total of 3.6 million megawatt hours of renewable energy.
Nordstrom reportedly expanding its merchandise-free retail concept
Nordstrom Local in West Hollywood, Calif., has apparently resonated with consumers.
The department store retailer plans to open two more Local locations in the Los Angeles market, and is also considering expanding the concept to other cities, including Manhattan, if it continues to be successful, reported the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Nordstrom debuted Nordstrom Local in October. The 3,000-sq.-ft. store is designed as a neighborhood hub where customers can access an array of services, including on-site tailoring, personal stylists, buy-online-pickup-in-store, manicures and a beverage bar— but has no dedicated inventory. To read more about Nordstrom Local, click here.
Tractor Supply goes all in for LEDs
Tractor Supply Company has completed its biggest environmental stewardship project to date.
As of August 2017, all new and existing Tractor Supply stores are outfitted with LED lighting. The extensive lighting project is one of the sustainability initiatives highlighted in the company’s recently-released 2017 Stewardship Report.
With the installation of the LED lights, many Tractor Supply stores have seen a positive impact both in their appearance and in monthly energy costs, the rural lilfestyle retailer stated. In an added benefit, the new LED lamps reduce HVAC usage. The new lighting also improves the process team members must use to request repairs to light fixtures, now requiring only a repair ticket for a warranty expense.
In other highlights from the report:
• 96 million kilowatt hours saved through the energy management system;
•84,769 gallons of oil collected from customers for recycling;
•627,817 vehicle batteries recycled;
•3.6 million wood pallets recycled; and
•26,833 tons of cardboard recycled.
“In addition to offering an increasing array of products and programs to support sustainable living, we are excited about the strides Tractor Supply is making toward environmental sustainability,” said Ben Parrish, executive vp, general counsel and corporate secretary of Tractor Supply. Parrish also leads the company’s stewardship program. “Our Stewardship Program focuses on helping our neighbors and protecting the land and natural resources we have now, while teaching the next generation to do the same, so they too can enjoy Life Out Here.”
Tractor Supply’s Stewardship Program was launched in 2008 and achievements in the past year extended beyond sustainability.
Nearly $2 million was raised for local 4-H Clubs through the bi-annual “Paper Clover” events with 90% of the money remaining in the state where it was collected. Another $1.5 million was raised and awarded in the form of 600 grants to FFA chapters across the country through the “Grants for Growing” fundraiser in 2017 and 2018.
Tractor Supply also facilitated the adoption of more than 16,000 pets through community events at stores and at Petsense locations, a subsidiary of the company.
The complete 2017 Stewardship Report can be found here.