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REI Releases CSR Report, Hands Brochure Version Out At Stores

Recreational Equipment, Inc. has released its first stewardship report, which provides a review of the co-op’s social and environmental priorities and efforts for 2006, and includes short and long-term plans for improvement.

To increase exposure of its efforts, a brochure that summarizes the co-op’s actions will be available in REI stores starting April 2.

Highlights from REI’s 2006 stewardship report include:

– Purchasing renewable energy for 20 percent of the co-op’s total electricity usage, reducing GHG emissions from electricity by more than 30 percent. The co-op is targeting a reduction of one third in total GHG emissions from its 2006 baseline level by the end of 2009, and wants to be climate-neutral by 2020.

– Earning U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED-CI Silver certification for REI’s Pittsburgh store.

– Introducing a new paper purchasing policy and tracking the origin of REI’s paper through the adoption of a full “chain of custody” model.

– Recycling an estimated 67 percent of the company’s retail waste by volume -? or 82 percent by weight. REI wants to be a zero waste company by 2009.

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