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Apple goes all in for renewable energy

BY Marianne Wilson

Apple marks an energy milestone.

The company announced that, as part of its commitment to combat climate change and create a healthier environment, its global facilities are now powered with 100% clean energy. The achievement includes all of Apple’s retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries — including the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India.

“After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”

Apple currently has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity, with 286 megawatts of solar PV generation coming online in 2017, its most ever in one year. It also has 15 more projects in construction. The company’s renewable energy projects represent a diverse range of energy sources, including solar arrays and wind farms as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies.

In addition, Apple Park, Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., is now the largest LEED Platinum-certified office building in North America. It is powered by 100% renewable energy from multiple sources, including a 17-megawatt onsite rooftop solar installation and four megawatts of biogas fuel cells, and controlled by a microgrid with battery storage. It also gives clean energy back to the public grid during periods of low occupancy.

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First Look: Champion, Los Angeles

BY Marianne Wilson

Champion Athleticwear, the nearly 100-year-old iconic athletic apparel brand, has opened its first-ever U.S. store, in Los Angeles.

Located in the city’s flourishing La Brea District, the outpost features onsite customization, allowing shoppers to design one-of-a-kind Champion garments tailored to their specific preferences, exclusive specialized product assortments not available anywhere else, and frequent product drops from the company’s global lines. Regional collections inspired by the Southern California area locale will also be available and will include exclusive styles, colors and partnerships with local influencers.

The store’s design is inspired by Champion’s sportswear heritage but interpreted in a modern way, mirroring how the brand continuously reinvents its classic and iconic products. Key materials reference the brand’s authentic American athletic wear positioning, and include reclaimed basketball-court hardwoods, gym lockers and metal mesh (like the mesh fabric Champion pioneered).

“The store will showcase not only our iconic pieces, such as Reverse Weave, but also our heritage and key moments in time, further illustrating our brand’s unique identity,” said David Robertson, director brand Champion brand marketing. “We truly believe in our mantra that ‘it takes a little more to make a Champion’ and we’ve transformed this concept into a reality with this store.”

Champion, which is owned by Hanesbrand, has been enjoying a renaissance recently, with new collections and embraced by such models and social media stars as Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner.

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Kroger honored for energy efficiency

BY Marianne Wilson

The Kroger Co. is on track for big savings in energy use.

The supermarket giant has received the 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for its prioritization of Energy Star best practices in its energy management strategy and for its continued commitment to energy reduction. Kroger’s long-term goal is to reduce cumulative energy consumption — in the form of electricity — in its stores by 40% by 2020, as the chain outlined in its sustainability report.

Kroger has earned more Energy Star building certifications than any other commercial entity by certifying 320 grocery stores in 2017, bringing the total number of stores certified to 793 since 2011. The company has saved 48.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity by installing more than 3.8 million LED lamps.

“Kroger uses the EPA’s Energy Star program to track and assess energy consumption across our retail locations,” said Keith Oliver, Kroger’s VP of facility engineering. Oliver. “We benchmark building energy performance, assess energy management goals over time, and identify strategic opportunities for savings.”

Beyond its retail operations, Kroger’s logistics team continues to track its “ton miles per gallon” (TMPG) and look to new technologies to increase delivery and operational efficiencies. Kroger has committed to adding Tesla Semi electric trucks to its distribution fleet, which require lower energy cost per mile in comparison to conventional diesel tractors.

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