SportsOneSource媒体2007年11月5日报道：patagonia、PrAna、REI、Nike以及timberland等十家公司，由于其在零售的可持续性管理方式以及可再生能源使用上表现的相当出色，分别名列Juice Energy电力供应公司所推选的十大环保零售商名单之中。其他几个名列其中的还有Kohl‘s、Whole Foods、UPS、Target以及Wal-Mart。
Juice Energy电力供应公司环保主管Timothy Treadwell认为，对气候环境采取主动保护措施的零售商应予以嘉奖。该公司指出，根据一项调查显示，零售行业领导人协会中有66％的零售商已经开始了向绿色环保公司转型。
原文：Patagonia, prAna, REI, Nike and Timberland Earn Green Honors
SportsOneSource Media Posted: 11/5/2007
Patagonia, prAna, REI, Nike and Timberland were ranked among the top ten retail frontrunners in leading the way toward sustainability at retail, according to Juice Energy, an eleCTRicity supplier with a focus on renewable sources. Others making the list were Kohl‘s, Whole Foods, UPS, Target and Wal-Mart.
Timothy Treadwell, Environmental Director at Juice Energy, Inc. -- an electricity supplier with a focus on renewable sources -- believes retailers who take the initiative on climate issues should be rewarded for their efforts. The company noted that according to a survey by the Retail Industry Leaders Association, 66 percent of retailers have already begun the transition to green.
“As the holiday season approaches we believe consumers can help drive this trend by supporting companies that are taking actions to reduce their environmental impact,” said Treadwell. “Consumer support is the most effective way of shoWING that sustainability is good for business.”
Juice Energy, Inc. and its staff of environmental and energy experts identified the top ten companies it saw as “frontrunners in the shift to green business.” Below is a synopsis of each companies shift detailed by Juice Energy:
In 1998, Patagonia became the first California-based company to buy electricity from 100% renewable energy sources and achieved LEED gold certifiCATion for its Nevada distribution center. Additionally, Patagonia is a leader in recycling, with its Common Threads Garment Recycling Program, which recycles used fleece for use in new products.
Kohl‘s is the second largest retail purchaser of green power and the largest among department stores, using 201,396,000 kWh annually. Kohl’s is also working to complete the largest rooftop solar project in U.S. history next year, with installations at 63 of their 80 California locations.
Whole Foods, a leading natural and organic supermarket, purchases green power equal to 100% of their electricity usage, over 509,100,000 kWh annually. Their green power usage earned them the distinction of EPA Green Power Partnership Power Partner of the Year 2006 and ranks third among all green power purchasers. Whole Foods also gained LEED Silver certification for its Sarasota, FL store, the first supermarket to earn the designation.
In 2005, the outdoor and lifestyle apparel wholesaler prAna launched their Natural Power Initiative to purchase green power equal to the electricity usage of all 250 prAna retailers, the company‘s corporate headquarters, and the homes of all their full-time employees, equaling 29,678,000 kWh annually. Now prAna plans to purchase wind power for their entire North American dealer base of approximately 1,000 retail partners in addition to its contracted U.S. -- based sewing facilities.
REI, or Recreational Equipment Inc., purchases green power equal to 100% of their annual electricity consumption, totaling 63,080,000 kWh, which ranks 9th among retail purchasers. REI has also committed to reducing CO2 emissions by 1/3 from the 2006 baseline by the end of 2009.
UPS operates the largest alternative fuel and low-emission fleet in the industry, with 19,647 such vehicles worldwide. UPS is also reducing its emissions by purchASIng 2,949,545 kWh of green power for its California facilities and streamlining delivery routes resulting in the elimination of more than 28.5 million miles of driving to date.
Timberland recently introduced Green Index tags on a number of its products, which rate products based on environmental factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, the use of solvents, and organic content. Timberland also plans to become “carbon neutral” by 2010 and recently changed all packaging use for its footwear to 100% post-consumer recycled boxes and soy inks.
Nike has set a goal to be “carbon neutral” by 2011 and currently purchases 79,820,000 kWh of green power for its World Headquarters, representing 72% of annual consumption. The company is also designing its footwear to meet targets for waste reduction, elimination of volatile organic compounds and increased use of environmentally preferred materials by 2011.
Wal-Mart has made a commitment to reduce overall GHG emissions by 20% over the next 8 years and set a long-term corporate goal to purchase 100% of their energy from renewable sources. Wal-Mart has also set a goal to increase fuel efficiency of its fleet by 25% over the next 3 years and is currently the largest single purchaser of 100% organic cotton products.
The discount retailer, Target, became a certified organic produce retailer late last year and now offers more than 500 choices of organic certified food. Target also reduces waste through food-donation programs, giving away nearly 7 million pounds of food last year. They also have four buildings in California using on-site solar electricity, with systems under development at 14 additional stores.