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Tractor Supply goes all in for LEDs

BY HBSDealer Staff

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.

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