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Walmart Accused of Greenwashing

Walmart’s heavily-promoted sustainability initiatives have done more to improve the company’s image than to help the environment, according to research by the nonprofit Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Since Walmart unveiled its sustainability campaign in 2005, the number of Americans with an unfavorable view of the company has fallen by nearly half, … Read more »

Retailers Shrink Stores to Save Energy, Report Finds

Big-box retailers are gravitating towards smaller stores and distribution centers as they seek to reduce energy use, create transportation efficiencies and support communities, according to the first Retail Sustainability Report from the Retail Industry Leaders Association. RILA said the trend is for smaller, more efficient stores on brownfield sites. For … Read more »

3E Adds CDR Services, GC3 Builds Chemical Data Portal for Retailers

EH&S compliance and information management services provider 3E Company has released a new services suite aimed to assist businesses with disclosure processes and chemical data reporting (CDR) compliance issues. The service comes in response to recent updates to the EPA’s chemical reporting requirements. The CDR Rule was passed in August … Read more »

Energy Management System Saves Retailers $20M Annually

AutoZone, Family Dollar, and other retail stores, each are saving on average $20 million annually in energy costs with a typical return on investments in less than 18 months with Venstar’s Surveyor Energy Management System (EMS). As an example, Family Dollar says it has reduced its energy use by an … Read more »

Oregon Considers a Ban on Plastic Bags Again

Portland Mayor Sam Adams has proposed a ban on plastic bags at grocery stores and retail pharmacies in the city, hoping that the law will pass this time around, reports Examiner.com. Adams’ proposal follows an announcement by Oregon’s state lawmakers who have proposed similar legislation, banning disposable plastic bags at … Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Expected to Sign Cell Phone Radiation Law

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has approved an ordinance, which will require retailers to post signs that show how much radiation is emitted from cell phones, reports The Bellingham Herald. There are conflicting studies that indicate in some cases that cell phones do not cause health problems, while others show … Read more »

LED Lighting Targets Walk-in Freezers at Retail Stores

PowerSecure International’s EfficientLights business has expanded its LED lighting portfolio with the introduction of two new LED lighting products, targeted at walk-in freezer/coolers and open refrigerated shelves at retailers including grocery and drug stores. The new lighting solutions are expected to reduce lighting energy costs, cut maintenance costs by extending … Read more »

Whole Foods, Starbucks Top Sustainable Retail Design Awards

Whole Foods, Starbucks Top Sustainable Retail Design Awards

Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, Chicago, took the top prize for Project of the Year at the second annual A.R.E. Sustainability Awards, focused on sustainable retail design. The two grand prize winners were Whole Foods in the category of Sustainability – Standalone and Starbucks for Sustainability – Tenant Improvement. … Read more »

Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s to Cut Packaging Carbon Footprint 10% by 2012

Asda, Boots, Tesco and Sainsbury’s are some of the biggest UK retailers that have voluntarily agreed to reduce the carbon footprint of their grocery packaging by 10 percent by 2012, according to Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Cuts will be achieved through weight reduction, increased recycling rates, and higher … Read more »

CRT, EPA SmartWay Transport Tackle Emissions from Port Trucking

The Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT) has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Program to help develop a national SmartWay certification program and rating system for port drayage trucks. Retailers participating in the CRT group include Target, Best Buy, Gap Inc., The Home Depot, JC Penney, … Read more »

FedEx Office, Office Depot Get Top Grades for Paper Practices

FedEx Office, Office Depot Get Top Grades for Paper Practices

Office retail stores FedEx Office and Office Depot earned top grades in the latest Green Grades office supply report card that ranks retailers and wholesalers/distributors on their paper practices. However, wholesaler/distributor companies PaperlinX and Xpedx and retailers Amazon.com and Costco received the worst grades in the report. Conducted by environmental … Read more »

Consumers Want More Green Info at Retail Level

About 40 percent of shoppers say they are left wanting when it comes to green information at the retail store level, according to a new report from Miller Zell. Overall, retailers earned a D- for the quality of information on green products provided at the store level. Members of the … Read more »