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…

The Container Store Joins U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership

Coppell, Texas — The Container Store, leading specialty retailer of storage and organization solutions and custom closets, has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. The Container Store is using more than 57 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green…

Williams-Sonoma Names New Sustainability Goals

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma, Inc. has released its Annual Impact Report and announced several new ambitious goals to further differentiate WSI as the industry leader of sustainable home furnishings. The Annual Impact Report shares the company’s progress and achievements across…

ENTOUCH Introduces New EMS Platform for Convenience Stores

Richardson, Texas — ENTOUCH, an IoT-based Energy Management Solutions (EMS) leader, has released its most comprehensive suite of convenience store solutions to date. The Octane series offers convenience stores a preconfigured yet fully customizable suite of EMS tools designed to…

Target Outlines Bold New Sustainability Strategy

Minneapolis — Target Corporation has unveiled Target Forward, the company’s new sustainability strategy that builds on the retailer’s legacy of corporate responsibility and sustainable practices. “As a company and a member of the global community, it’s imperative for both the…

Leading the Charge

— By Conner McGill — Why retailers and restaurants are investing in EV charging stations.   If electric vehicle (EV) charging has sparked your interest recently, you’re not alone. Retailers and restaurants across the country are giving more consideration to…

Diverting PPE From the Waste Stream

— By Jennifer Wolanik — How COVID-19 PPE compliance and sustainability can work together.   Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in restaurants and retailers is surging in order to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

RWS Facility Services Names New Business Development Manager

Chadds Ford, Pa. — RWS Facility Services (RWS), a provider of recycling, waste and managed facilities solutions for commercial and residential businesses, has appointed Danica Sierra to the role of business development manager. Sierra brings to RWS more than 20…

Weberstown Mall in California Completes Solar Panel Installation

Columbus, Ohio — As part of its sustainability efforts, Washington Prime Group Inc. has completed the solar panel system at Weberstown Mall in Stockton, Calif. The system is comprised of 3,456 photovoltaic (PV) modules, spanning more than 76,645 square feet,…

One Word For You: Plastics

— By Ray Hatch — How restaurants can help curb the plastics epidemic.   With 2020 having been set as a benchmark for business’ sustainability programs, many restaurant operations are working hard to achieve their waste-reduction goals. One area that…

URW to Launch 3 New Solar Projects in the U.S.

Los Angeles — Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), a premier global developer and operator of flagship shopping destinations, has revealed details of its global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program — the most ambitious of its kind for a listed retail real estate company.…

Office Depot Releases New Sustainability Goals

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot, Inc. has released its 2019 Corporate Sustainability Report, incorporating sustainability information for Office Depot, CompuCom and Grand & Toy. Additionally, the report contains the company’s public-facing sustainability goals around energy consumption, transportation emissions and…

LevelTen Energy to Provide Clean Power to 3,000 U.S. Starbucks Stores

Seattle — LevelTen Energy has closed a three-project renewable energy portfolio purchased by Starbucks, comprising wind and solar farms in North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. The power purchase agreement portfolio will provide clean power to the electricity grids that serve…