84 Sprouts Farmers Markets Receive Grocery Stewardship Certification

Brunswick, Me. — Eighty-four Sprouts Farmers Market grocery stores in Texas, Colorado, Utah and Arizona have been awarded Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC). The GSC recognizes Sprouts’ commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources. The certification is the latest sustainability milestone for Sprouts, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country.

Walmart Unveils Plans for Expanding EV Charging Stations and Doubling U.S. Wind and Solar Energy Use

Bentonville, Ark. — On April 18, 2018, Walmart announced that suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of the company’s Project Gigaton initiative. Walmart launched Project Gigaton last April, seeking to work with suppliers to reduce emissions from the company’s value chain by a gigaton, or one billion metric tons, by 2030. The emissions reduction progress was shared at Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit, where expanded commitments on solar and wind power, as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, were also discussed.

Chipotle Sets New Goal to Drive Environmental Sustainability

Denver — Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to divert half of all of its restaurant waste from landfills by 2020. Since 2015, Chipotle has made significant strides towards reducing the amount of food and packaging waste bound for landfills, increasing its diversion rate from 31% that year to 40% in 2017. Now the company embarks on achieving a 50% diversion rate.

Armstrong Flooring Names Linron 2017 Recycler of the Year

Lancaster, Pa. — Armstrong Flooring has named Linron, the nation’s leading national account distributor for retail chain stores, as the 2017 Flooring Recycler of the Year. In 2017, Linron successfully recycled more than 23 million pounds of vinyl tile through the Armstrong Flooring On&On™ Floor Recycling Program. The award was presented at the 2018 GlobalShop tradeshow.  

Sears Wins 3 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Awards

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corporation has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. In addition, the Kenmore brand has been named a 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner. According to the EPA, it marks the first time a company has won all three awards: Retailer, Energy Management and Brand Owner.

ENERGY STAR® Certification Launches for Canadian Commercial Buildings

Ottawa — For the first time, ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada for commercial and institutional buildings. Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, has challenged building owners and managers to take advantage of this new tool to demonstrate their commitment to green growth and to be the first to apply to earn their certification.

Deep Green Waste & Recycling, Inc. Appoints CFO

Marietta, Ga. — Deep Green Waste & Recycling, Inc. has added Josh Beckham as chief financial officer. Beckham is a CPA with over 16 years of experience in senior corporate financial management and has spent the last 8 years overseeing a succession of financial and analytical departments at AT&T.

Outside the Big Box

The Home Depot is installing rooftop solar systems on 50 of its stores’ rooftops. The company expects all 50 to be operational by spring 2018.

IKEA Halifax Opens as IKEA Canada’s Most Sustainable Store

Burlington, Ontario — The highly anticipated IKEA Halifax store opened on September 27, 2017 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, near Halifax. The 330,000-square-foot store is the 13th IKEA store in Canada and the first in IKEA Canada's coast-to-coast expansion; the retailer will open 11 additional stores by 2025, doubling its footprint in Canada.

First Planet Fitness Powered by the Sun

Hampton, N.H. — Planet Fitness, Inc., a franchisor and operator of fitness centers in the U.S., has partnered with Solar Energy Management at its St. Petersburg club to become the first 24/7 Planet Fitness to be a net-zero energy building. The updated, energy-efficient Planet Fitness is now 99.5% reliant on sustainable solar power.

Duro-Last®, Inc. Recognized for Excellence in Recycling

Saginaw, Mich. — Duro-Last, Inc. was recognized with the Excellence in Recycling Award by the Michigan Recycling Coalition at its annual conference in May. The award is given every year to one Michigan organization that shows leadership and excellence in recycling and waste diversion.

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