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.

JLM Energy Hires Chief Operating Officer

Rocklin, Calif. — JLM Energy, a renewable energy technology company, has hired Erin Clark as chief operating officer. At JLM, Clark will focus on scaling operations for rapid growth. As COO, he will oversee a broad set of responsibilities ranging from sales and marketing, to finance and product development.

Sears Earns 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year – Sustained Excellence Award

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. Sears' accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2017.

7-Eleven® To Power Most Texas Stores with Wind Energy

Irving, Texas — 7-Eleven, Inc. has signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100% Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. The 96-month wind energy agreement, which impacts 425 stores, starts June 1, 2018, and is expected to reduce 7-Eleven's carbon footprint by 6.7% while providing significant operating expense savings.

IKEA Canada To Purchase Second Wind Farm in Alberta

Burlington, Ontario (Canada) — IKEA Canada has signed agreements to acquire an 88MW wind farm located near Drumheller, Alberta. Consisting of 55 turbines, the Wintering Hills wind farm will generate 275 million kWh (kilowatt hours) of energy, the equivalent to the electricity consumption of 54 IKEA stores.

Be The Good

Walmart embarks on a new era of “trust and transparency,” expanding on its 2005 environmental sustainability goals with ambitious new goals set for 2025.

REI Achieves First U.S. LEED Platinum & Net Zero Energy Distribution Center

Seattle — On December 24, 2016, REI’s newest distribution center, located in Goodyear, Ariz., achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification — the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) green building rating system — making it the first distribution center in the U.S. to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.

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