All Systems Go

— By Erin Zaske — Understanding proper stormwater management.   Stormwater compliance is not optional. Many property owners are unaware that stormwater is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Clean Water Act (CWA), and that

Crate & Barrel Holdings Commits to Sustainable Operations

Chicago — Crate & Barrel Holdings Inc. (CBH) is advancing its sustainability commitments. The company’s goals focus on leading Crate & Barrel, CB2, Crate & Kids and Hudson Grace with corporate responsibility and responsible design. “Our vision is to build

Yum! Brands Highlights Progress on Climate and Sustainable Packaging

Louisville, Ky. — Yum! Brands, Inc. has released its annual Global Citizenship & Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s strategic investments in socially responsible growth, risk management and stewardship of its people, food and impact on the planet. This includes addressing

The Home Depot Announces Latest Carbon Emission Reductions

Atlanta — The Home Depot reduced its combined Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by approximately 172,000 metric tons in 2021, equivalent to taking more than 37,000 cars off the road for a year. The company reduced its electricity consumption

Life Time Recognized by DOE for Energy Efficiency Leadership

Washington, D.C. — In July, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Buildings Challenge partner Life Time, Inc. for energy efficiency advances made throughout its portfolio of athletic country clubs. DOE staff and Life Time leadership toured the organization’s

Kroger Expands Customer Access to EV Charging Stations

Cincinnati, Ohio — The Kroger Co. has given customers increased access to electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, underscoring its commitment to helping customers make sustainable choices. The grocer tested and phased in charger installations by collaborating with Blink, Electrify America,

The Container Store Publishes its First Sustainability Report

Coppell, Texas —The Container Store, the leading specialty retailer of organizing solutions, custom closets and in-home services, has published its 2021 Sustainability Report, a first for the company. The Container Store plans to report on sustainability progress on an annual

Food Lion Receives Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

Salisbury, N.C. — For more than two decades, Food Lion has been committed to sustainability, and these efforts continue to earn the omnichannel retailer national recognition. For the 21st consecutive year, Food Lion has earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of

TJX Plans to Achieve Net Zero Emissions in its Own Operations by 2040

Framingham, Mass. — The TJX Companies, Inc., the leading off-price apparel and home fashions retailer in the U.S. and worldwide, plans to expand and accelerate environmental goals as part of the company’s ongoing environmental sustainability strategy. As part of its

Foot Locker, Inc. Aims to Achieve Net Zero GHC Emissions by 2050

New York City — Foot Locker, Inc., the New York-based specialty athletic retailer, aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 or sooner, in alignment with climate scientists’ recommendations to transition toward a net zero state and

Target Tests First Net Zero Energy Store

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has announced its most sustainable store to date in Vista, Calif. The site will generate more renewable energy than it needs annually to operate and will test multiple innovations to reduce the building’s emissions. The store’s

Meijer Unveils New Renewable Solar Project as Part of Carbon Reduction Goal

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Midwestern retailer Meijer has launched a utility-scale solar project that will make significant strides toward its recently announced carbon reduction goal. Meijer signed a renewable energy power purchase agreement (VPPA) with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions*,

DHL Opens Fifth Mobile Pop-Up Store Near Washington, D.C.

Plantation, Fla. — DHL Express, the world’s leading provider of international express shipping services, recently expanded its vast network of U.S. retail locations with a new mobile pop-up store in Gaithersburg, Md. The 2,200-cubic-feet, 100% off-the-grid, mobile DHL ServicePoint offers

SMG Launches New Division

Manasquan, N.J. — As demand from the industry grows, SMG Holdings LLC has launched a new energy and sustainability solutions division: SMG Energy Solutions (SMG Energy). Led by Jason Menser, executive vice president of strategic initiatives, the vision is to

7-Eleven Opens 77,711th Store; Accelerates Sustainability Efforts

Irving, Texas — 7 Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience chain, has once again hit a major milestone: 77,711 7-Eleven® stores are now open. The company is also ramping up its sustainability initiatives. “Since the inception of convenience retailing with

Moving the Needle

— By Cedar Blazek — Two major businesses effectively meet and exceed energy-efficiency goals despite COVID-19 challenges.   It’s no secret that the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020 brought everything to a screeching halt. Nearly overnight