16 McDonald’s Upgrade 41 Blink EV Charging Stations

San Francisco — The San Francisco Bay Area will now have access to 41 enhanced industry-leading electric vehicle (EV) charging stations owned, operated and provided by Blink Charging Co. at 16 area McDonald’s restaurants. These stations are an additional example

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

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

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

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

Kroger Adds New Waste-to-Energy System at Manufacturing Plant

Cincinnati — The Kroger Co. has launched a new wastewater treatment system — an anaerobic digester —at K.B. Specialty Foods, a manufacturing plant owned and operated by the company in Greensburg, Ind. The digester will convert biogas from food byproducts

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

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.

EPA Recognizes ALDI for Commitment to Sustainable Refrigeration

Batavia, Ill. — ALDI has received the 2016-2017 “Best of the Best” award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership for its use of cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems in 34 of its stores.

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

7-Eleven® Wins Stars of Energy Efficiency Award

Irving, Texas — The Alliance to Save Energy has awarded 7-Eleven® with the Alliance to Save Energy “Built Environment” award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its stores.

ShopRite Stores Continue to Win Grocery Stewardship Certification

Plymouth, Mass. — Five additional ShopRite stores have achieved Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), which recognizes the company’s commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources.

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.

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

Meijer Opens 2 Supercenters Built to LEED Standards

Grand Rapids, Mich. — On May 2, 1017, Meijer opened new 192,000-square-foot supercenters in McCordsville, Ind., and Franklin, Ind. The new locations are built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

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

Giant Eagle Certifies 175 Stores in Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification

Pittsburgh — Giant Eagle has achieved chain-wide recognition for its implementation of Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program. Manomet is a sustainability non-profit. The GSC recognizes the company’s commitment to incorporating operational sustainability best practices in stores, reducing its environmental