EPA recognizes The Home Depot with a 2017 SmartWay Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year

ATLANTA, 2017-Nov-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, with a 2017 SmartWay Excellence Award for the fifth consecutive year. SmartWay recognizes industry leaders in freight, supply chain, environmental performance, and energy efficiency.

A charter member of the EPA’s SmartWay program, The Home Depot utilizes a number of clean transportation best practices including truckload optimization, Greenhouse Gases (GHG) data collecting and reporting, and by requiring that all carriers be current SmartWay® partners.

In 2016, The Home Depot shipped 6,700 fewer trucks, helping to avoid 6.2 metric tons of CO2 emissions. The company audits carriers annually to ensure that data is properly submitted to the EPA.

”We are constantly looking at ways to improve our supply chain and believe that can be done while cutting carbon emissions,” said Michelle Livingstone, vice president of Transportation. “Our carriers are vital to our business and their commitment to sustainability and SmartWay’s standards benefit the entire spectrum of transportation and logistics.”

“Since 2004, EPA and the business community have collaborated through the SmartWay Partnership to reduce the economic and environmental costs of goods movement, a vital sector of our national economy,” said Christopher Grundler, director of the EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality. “This year’s award-winning freight carriers, shippers and third-party logistics companies demonstrate that they can move more goods, more miles, while using less fuel. These firms are not only serving the growing needs of their – they are also doing their part to keep our environment clean and protect human health.”

For a deeper look into Home Depot’s supply chain initiatives, visit                                                           https://corporate.homedepot.com/newsroom/smartway-2017-clean-transportation

To learn more about the SmartWay Excellence Awards program, visit                                                       https://www.epa.gov/smartway/smartway-excellence-awardees.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,283 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

About SmartWay®
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstrating a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and sustainable business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emitting more than 94 million metric tons of air pollutants, while saving more than 197 million barrels of oil and $27.8 billion in fuel costs – equivalent to eliminating the annual energy use of over 12 million homes. SmartWay also contributes to cleaner air and healthier citizens by significantly reducing emissions of the pollution that contributes to smog, including fine particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

For more information, contact:

Aaron Bastian
Corporate Communications Manager
770-384-2892
Aaron_bastian@homedepot.com

Source: The Home Depot

Wegmans Food Markets recognized as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer by EPA for the third year in a row

Rochester, NEW YORK, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Wegmans Food Markets as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer. For the third year in a row, this award was given to Wegmans for fostering awareness of the Safer Choice program and committing to offer cleaning products that meet Safer Choice standards. The award was presented at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. and accepted by Wegmans Category Merchant Dave Tantillo.

EPA’s Partner of the Year Awards recognize organizations for demonstrated leadership in furthering safer chemistry and products, and promoting the new Safer Choice label. To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent human and environmental health criteria. When this label appears on a product, it means the EPA has evaluated each ingredient for potential human health and environmental effects.

“We’re committed to offering effective cleaning products that are Safer Choice-certified whenever possible because we believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Tantillo. “The Safer Choice label makes it easy for consumers to find cleaning products that are safer for them, their families, and the environment. It is the seal of approval we want our customers to know and trust.”

Through the Safer Choice program, the EPA works closely with companies to help them understand the chemistry of their products and to select safer alternatives to chemicals that pose potential health or environmental concerns. Wegmans carries a line of Wegmans brand cleaning products made with safer ingredients as well as several national brand products bearing the Safer Choice logo.

For more information about the Safer Choice Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/saferchoice.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 92-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 20 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2017.

Press Contact:
Tracy Van Auker
Media Relations Coordinator
585-429-3826
tracy.vanauker@wegmans.com

Source: Wegmans Food Market

EPA recognized The Home Depot® with 2016 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence Award

ATLANTA, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, with a 2016 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence Award for its commitment to promoting the value of water efficiency to its customers, encouraging innovation within its vendors and supplier base, and for decreasing water use within its operational footprint.

EPA’s Sustained Excellence Award is the organization’s highest honor for water conservation and this is the second consecutive win for The Home Depot.

• The Home Depot’s annual sales of WaterSense products saved customers 70.4 billion gallons of water; equal to $593 million in avoided water utility costs.

• In 2016, The Home Depot became the first retailer to require that all new store merchandised showerheads must exceed the current WaterSense specification of 2.5 gallons per minute.

• Last year, The Home Depot worked closely with the State of California and the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute to reduce the flow rates of faucets and to plot transition timing for the industry to achieve even lower flow standards.

“We’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to water conservation,” said Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental for The Home Depot. “WaterSense is the perfect platform from which we are able to create awareness and educate our customers and others across our business,” added Jarvis.

“Over the past 10 years, communities, states, organizations, manufacturers, retailers, and builders across the country have been working with WaterSense to help Americans save water for future generations,” said Joel Beauvais, EPA Office of Water Deputy Assistant Administrator. “I am pleased to see so many of our WaterSense partners making contributions to build the resilience of communities everywhere by helping people use water more efficiently.”

The Home Depot offers over 5,000 WaterSense labeled fixtures and appliances in its stores and online.

For more information on Home Depot’s Eco Options program, visit http://ecooptions.homedepot.com/.

For more information about WaterSense, visit https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/.

About The Home Depot

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,276 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2015, The Home Depot had sales of $88.5 billion and earnings of $7.0 billion. The Company employs more than 385,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

About WaterSense®
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, homes, and services. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 1.5 trillion gallons of water and $32.6 billion in water and energy bills.

For more information, contact:
Aaron Bastian
Corporate Communications Manager
770-384-2892
Aaron_bastian@homedepot.com

Source: The Home Depot

Whole Foods Market signed resolution with EPA to resolve issues related to common consumer products

Austin, Texas, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market signed an administrative resolution with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 to resolve record keeping and cataloging issues related to common consumer products that may become waste at stores located in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and New Mexico.  No specific environmental impact has been alleged.

The products in question, which are classified as hazardous waste when they can no longer be used for their intended purpose, include items like nail polish remover, certain products containing alcohol (i.e. hand sanitizer), liquor and certain vitamins.  This often occurs when a product is opened and returned by a customer and can no longer be returned to the stores’ shelves.

Whole Foods Market has implemented a comprehensive compliance program that is designed to assist our Team Members to properly manage the limited number of products that may be regulated by EPA when they can no longer be used for their intended purpose. The company has extended the implementation of the program to all of its U.S. stores and facilities and, in partnership with the EPA, has committed to training and sharing best practices with businesses in Region 6 to support efforts to improve environmental compliance efforts across industries.

Whole Foods Market’s environmental compliance measures include:

  • Updated environmental compliance standards and operating procedures for stores and facilities
  • Enhanced training programs for Team Members
  • Investments in enhanced IT systems to identify products that become hazardous waste in real time, so they may be tracked, managed and catalogued properly
  • Retention of additional internal and external environmental compliance experts for program and compliance

The enhanced environmental management program that Whole Foods Market worked with EPA to develop goes beyond the compliance requirements that apply under the law.  EPA recognized these extensive efforts in the administrative resolution.

Whole Foods Market takes environmental stewardship extremely seriously.  By working in partnership with the EPA, we were able to resolve the issues in the five states, enhance our existing environmental management program and extend the rollout of those improved best practices across the company.

Types of Products (Important note: This list in not exhaustive):

  • Flammables: Hand sanitizer gels and sprays, perfumes and colognes, nail polish, nail polish remover, liquor (48 proof or above), etc.
  • Federal Toxics: Vitamins and vitamin supplements (containing chromium, selenium and/or colloidal silver)
  • Oxidizers: Laundry bleach, hair color products with hydrogen peroxide, etc.
  • Corrosive Acidic: Certain toilet bowl cleaners, calcium and/or lime removers, products containing acetic, hydrochloric or phosphoric acid, etc.
  • Corrosive Basic: Certain drain cleaners, oven cleaners, warewashing detergents, etc.
  • Universal Waste: Electronics, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, and some state regulated items, such as paint in Texas

Contact Information:

Robin Kelly
Robin.Kelly@wholefoods.com
201.567.2090 x411

Source: Whole Foods Market

EPA recognized The Home Depot® with 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

ATLANTA, 2016-Apr-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award – for its continued leadership in offering the latest innovations in energy efficient products.

In 2015, The Home Depot helped customers save nearly $701.6 million in annual utility costs, equaling a 4 million metric ton decrease in greenhouse gas emissions through the sale of ENERGY STAR certified products. The Home Depot offers more than 17,000 ENERGY STAR products in stores and online.

This is the ninth year the company has been recognized by EPA for its achievements.

In December 2015, The Home Depot also announced that it had exceeded 2015 sustainability goals, achieving a reduction of energy use in its stores by 30 percent over 2004 levels – a savings of more than 8 billion kilowatts over ten years. The original goal set in 2010 was to reduce energy use by 20 percent.

“We’re constantly seeking new and innovative products that are energy efficient, enabling our customers to save in their homes and businesses as we also reduce energy use in our stores,” says Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental for The Home Depot.

The company also continues to implement a number of sustainability enhancements to its stores each year including Energy Management Systems to control all store lighting and HVACs and a fuel cell program that provides up to 85 percent of the energy that each participating store needs to operate.

For more information on Home Depot’s renewable energy initiatives, visit http://builtfromscratch.homedepot.com.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

About The Home Depot

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, theDistrict of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2015, The Home Depot had sales of $88.5 billion and earnings of $7.0 billion. The Company employs more than 385,000 associates. TheHome Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked toEPA’s ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

SOURCE The Home Depot

Aaron Bastian, Corporate Communications Manager, 770-384-2892, Aaron_bastian@homedepot.com

Best Buy named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned distinction of Sustained Excellence by EPA

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy Blue Shirt Jose Florentino is an expert at finding ways to help our customers use new appliances to save money and energy. He is one of the many reasons why this week we were named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned the distinction of Sustained Excellence by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

An appliance expert at our Millenia Mall store in Orlando, Fla., Jose is a problem solver. When customers come in to look at products, he quizzes them about what they need and want. It’s not just about size and color, he will tell them. It’s about features. For example, some washing machines will spin out most of the water from the clothes before they’re moved to the dryer. High-efficiency dryers, can do a load in less time with technology like moisture sensors that stop the machine when the load is dry. These options are often found in ENERGY STAR certified products.

Jose will also help customers determine if they can save even more money throughutility company rebates from buying qualified products.

Over the past seven years, we have trained more than 100,000 Blue Shirts on the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products, which are independently verified to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. We make those products easy to find in our stores and on BestBuy.com.

The number of ENERGY STAR certified products that we’ve sold since 2009 will, over the product lifetime, help our customers save $616 million on their utility bills while preventing 8.7 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. That’s the equivalent of removing more than 789,000 cars from the road for a year.

This mix of customer education, employee training and product offerings is why the EPA awarded us with this honor.

To talk with a knowledgeable Blue Shirt like Jose, visit a Best Buy store, or learn more about our appliance selection online. For more sustainability news and why we’re #BestBuyProud, follow @BestBuyCSR on Twitter.

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Best Buy named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned distinction of Sustained Excellence by EPA

Best Buy named ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for the third time and earned distinction of Sustained Excellence by EPA

EPA named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner for its recycling program

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner at the agency’s National Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program Electronics Challenge ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The EPA distinction recognizes our commitment to electronics recycling, transparent management practices and consumer education throughout 2014. In that year alone, we sent 61,000 tons of electronics to certified recyclers. Recycling that amount is equal to taking 31,000 passenger vehicles off the road for a whole year.

Our recycling program is a key part of a larger Best Buy product stewardship story. You’ve heard the old adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.” At Best Buy, we support our customers’ products throughout their entire life cycle – repair, reuse, recycle. A full suite of services extends the life of products and makes it easy to trade up to the latest-and-greatest technology, along with providing convenient end-of-life options:

  • Our Geek Squad technicians repair millions of devices a year. Prolonging a product’s life prolongs its value for our customers.
  • We help customers reuse through the Best Buy Trade-In program. We accept thousands of different types of consumer electronics products to ensure they live a second useful life.
  • And our customers trust us to responsibly recycle their electronics when they no longer have value. We have already recycled more than a billion pounds of e-waste.

To learn more visit Corporate.BestBuy.com/Sustainability. For more Best Buy Corporate Sustainability news, follow us on Twitter: @BestBuyCSR.

SOURCE: Best Buy

 

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EPA named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner for its recycling program

EPA named Best Buy a Gold Tier Award Winner for its recycling program

Retail Associations respond to EPA proposals to update waste management regulations

Arlington , VA, 2016-1-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), the National Grocers Association (NGA), and the National Retail Federation (NRF), and their members (collectively, the Retail Associations) submitted comments last week in response to proposals by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update waste management regulations, that may impact the handling of unsold consumer products and pharmaceuticals by retailers.​

The EPA’s proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements proposal and the proposedManagement Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals attempt to address compliance challenges for retailers stemming from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  Typically, RCRA applies to large scale manufacturing plants that generate more significant quantities of hazardous wastes, but EPA also applies RCRA to the very small percentage of unsold consumer products that may be recycled, reused or otherwise discarded from a retail store.  Nearly all of these products are sold to customers and are either consumed or disposed of in their households, without additional regulation.

Specifically the proposed rules:

Allow a waste generator to avoid increased burdens of a higher generator status when generating large quantities of hazardous waste “episodically”, or unexpectedly and infrequently.  Such episodes may be the result of broken or damaged customer returns, theft or damage within the store, public dumping in trash receptacles or recalls of unusable products; and

Allow very small quantity generators to consolidate hazardous wastes from multiple locations at a “large quantity generator” site, such as a distribution center, thereby eliminating the disproportionate regulatory burdens of a higher generator status at store-level, provided certain conditions are met; and​

Allow health care facilities to manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals under tailored, sector-specific regulations, and relax the requirements for managing empty pharmaceutical containers.  EPA also solicits comment on potential amendments to the heightened “acute” hazardous waste classification for smoking cessation products, like low-concentration nicotine patches, gums and lozenges, which subjects retailers to additional in-store requirements.

“This is an important step forward and the Retail Associations welcome the opportunity to respond to these long-awaited proposals.  Although portions of the proposals may offer some relief, the suggested frameworks fall short of easing the burden on retailers who want to manage unsold products in a more sustainable fashion, rather than discarding potentially useful or recyclable items.” said Sue Pifer, vice president of compliance at RILA.”The Retail Associations again emphasize in their comments that most unsold consumer products and pharmaceuticals are not ‘wastes’, due to the fact that many are suitable for re-shelving, donation, recycling, liquidation or shipment back to vendors for credit.  We look forward to continuing our work with the EPA to further the Agency’s understanding of the unique challenges faced by the retail sector in reverse distribution.”

Reverse distribution involves the removal and consolidation of consumer products and pharmaceuticals that are not sold in retail stores and is a long-standing business practice that is friendly to the environment and good for consumers.  The practice pre-dates the arcane application of RCRA to retailers’ reverse distribution operations.

In 2014, RILA led a coalition of retailers to explain the challenges of complying with RCRA, and some of the issues raised by the coalition were addressed in the proposed rules, released by the EPA in September 2015.

For more information on the proposed rules, visit here and here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

NACDS represents traditional drug stores and supermarkets and mass merchants with pharmacies. Chains operate more than 40,000 pharmacies, and NACDS’ chain member companies include regional chains, with a minimum of four stores, and national companies. Chains employ more than 3.8 million individuals, including 175,000 pharmacists. They fill over 2.7 billion prescriptions yearly, and help patients use medicines correctly and safely, while offering innovative services that improve patient health and healthcare affordability. NACDS members also include more than 800 supplier partners and nearly 40 international members representing 13 countries. For more information, visit www.NACDS.org.

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association

The National Council of Chain Restaurants Executive Director Rob Green: EPA cannot fix the failed Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants today issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green following the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of regulations that would increase the amount of corn-based ethanol used in the nation’s gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard:

“Today’s announcement, which is two years late, demonstrates once and for all that the EPA cannot fix the failed Renewable Fuel Standard. As expected, the EPA has once again bowed to political pressure from special interests and ignored the widespread harm caused by the RFS.

“The EPA has chosen to please a small group of ethanol lobbyists to the detriment of the nation’s small business restaurants and everyone who depends on the food chain across the country. The EPA’s failure demonstrates the need for Congress – who created this mess – to quickly pass legislation to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate and take the RFS off the menu.”

The EPA today released regulations that would increase the amount of corn ethanol used under the RFS in 2016. The long-delayed regulations also include retroactive numbers for the amount that was supposed to be used in 2014 and 2015.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study conducted for NCCR concluded that if the corn ethanol mandate is left unchanged, chain restaurant industry costs will increase by up to $3.2 billion a year, with a typical chain restaurant location facing $18,000 in increased food commodity costs. NCCR’s RFS off the Menu campaign continues to highlight the negative consequences of the RFS on the food supply chain.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.

Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

EPA named The Home Depot® 2015 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence award winner

Communications and expanding product assortment lead to third straight recognition for Home Depot

ATLANTA, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named The Home Depot® a 2015 WaterSense® Sustained Excellence award winner. The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, was honored for the third consecutive year for its commitment to water efficiency and education as it continues to help build consumer awareness about WaterSense-certified products in stores and online.

By offering rebates and consumer education through in-store and online channels about WaterSense products and programs, EPA partners like The Home Depot helped consumers save 346 billion gallons of water in 2014 alone.

“With drought being such a prevalent issue in the western half of our nation, educating our associates and customers about water conservation is the right thing to do,” says Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental for The Home Depot. “We plan to continue helping our customers save water and money as we continue to expand our WaterSense offerings and education.”

With the help of The Home Depot, WaterSense also has helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump and treat water by 146 billion kilowatt hours, enough energy to supply a year’s worth of power to more than 13.3 million homes.

To learn more about the 2015 WaterSense Partner of the Year awards program, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,270 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The Company employs more than 370,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

About WaterSense
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills.

SOURCE The Home Depot

News Media, Chris Giallanza, 770-384-3365, christopher_giallanza@homedepot.com

Harris Teeter recognized by EPA’s GreenChill Partnership with two honors – Most Improved Emission Rate and Superior Goal Achievement Awards

Company Receive Most Improved Emission Rate Award & Superior Goal Achievement Award

Matthews, NC, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill Partnership with two honors – the Most Improved Emission Rate Award and the Superior Goal Achievement Award.

The Most Improved Emission Rate Award recognizes the partner with the most improved corporate-wide emissions rate for commercial systems of all GreenChill partners in 2014. The Superior Goal Achievement Award is presented to each partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal.

“Harris Teeter should be very proud of earning the award for Most Improved Emission Rate,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program. “The company is being recognized for reducing corporate-wide refrigerant emissions more than other GreenChill partners in 2014 compared to 2013, and customers should note that Harris Teeter is cutting costs associated with refrigeration and protecting the environment.”
Harris Teeter is committed to providing its customers with outstanding customer service and a variety of top quality products. The company’s sustainable efforts and its GreenChill partnership are additional ways for Harris Teeter to show it cares about the communities where its associates and shoppers live and work.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

Tractor Supply Company signed with EPA to ensure all small-engine products purchased by the Company for resale comply with the Clean Air Act

BRENTWOOD, TN, 2015-10-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that it has signed an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relating to the sale of small-engine merchandise by the Company.

Under the agreement, Tractor Supply Company will implement a formal compliance program designed to ensure that all small-engine products purchased by the Company for resale comply with the Clean Air Act. The compliance plan is similar to one adopted voluntarily by the Company in 2012. The Company also agreed to pay a civil penalty of $775,000, most of which is being reimbursed by a vendor who sold the small engine products at issue to the Company. These products were sold during the 2006 to 2009 time frame. In addition, the Company has agreed to sponsor an emissions offset program that will result in the replacement of twenty-two older wood-burning stoves with EPA-certified wood-burning stoves. The settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

“Tractor Supply is committed to selling products that comply with all applicable laws and regulations,” said Greg Sandfort, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Although there is no evidence that any of the products sold by Tractor Supply exceeded permissible emissions levels, we worked diligently with the government and our vendors to resolve other compliance issues. Like other retailers, we rely primarily on our vendors to certify compliance of their products with the Clean Air Act. Under this agreement, we will work closely with the suppliers of our small engine products to ensure compliance.”

Sandfort added: “We are proud of our record of being an environmentally responsible company. Through our Stewardship Program, we have taken a number of steps to reduce our impact on the environment, including the implementation of company-wide initiatives to reduce waste and conserve energy as well as the construction last year of a highly energy efficient store support center that was awarded LEED Silver certification. We also offer our customers opportunities to recycle oil and used vehicle batteries in most of our stores.”

For additional information on Tractor Supply Company’s environmental stewardship efforts, please visit: http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_stewardship_stewardship-overview.

About Tractor Supply Company
At June 27, 2015, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,438 stores in 49 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Anthony F. Crudele
Chief Financial Officer
Christine Skold
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
(615) 440-4000

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RILA welcomed EPA’s proposals on waste management regulations related to retailers’ handling of unsold consumer products

Arlington, VA, 2015-9-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) welcomed two proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday that update waste management regulations related to the handling of unsold consumer products by retailers.

The EPA’s proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements rules address compliance challenges for retailers stemming from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). RCRA applies to large scale manufacturing plants that generate more significant quantities of hazardous wastes, as well as to the very small percentage of unsold consumer products that may be recycled, reused or otherwise discarded from a retail store. Nearly all of these products are sold to consumers and are either consumed or disposed of without additional regulation.

Specifically the proposed rules:

Allow a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burdens of a higher generator status when generating large quantities of waste episodically, such as obsolete, outdated or seasonal product, provided the episodic waste is properly managed; and

Allow a conditionally exempt small quantity generator to send its hazardous waste to a “large quantity generator” under its control, provided certain conditions are met, thereby eliminating the disproportionate regulatory burdens of a higher generator status at store-level.

“RILA welcomes these long-awaited and commonsense proposals to ease the burden on retailers who want to implement good waste management practices,” said Sue Pifer, vice president of compliance at RILA. “This is an important step forward and we look forward to reviewing the proposal further and providing additional comments to the EPA.”

RILA led a coalition of retailers to explain the challenges of complying with RCRA and many of the issues raised by the coalition were addressed in the proposed rules. RILA’s comments to the EPA’s initial proposals were submitted in conjunction with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Retail Federation (NRF).

For more information on the proposed rules, visit here and here.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers.

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Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Wegmans Food Markets recognized by EPA as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer

Rochester, NY, 2015-6-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Wegmans Food Markets as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer. The award, presented in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, was accepted by Wegmans Category Merchant for cleaning products, Dave Tantillo, and Wegmans Sustainability Manager, Jason Wadsworth.

EPA developed the Partner of the Year Awards to recognize Safer Choice stakeholders who have furthered the safer chemistry and safer product goals of the Safer Choice Program. In 2014, Wegmans introduced a line of cleaning products made with safer ingredients.

To qualify for the Safer Choice (formerly “Design for the Environment”) label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent human and environmental health criteria. When the Safer Choice label appears on a product, it means the EPA has evaluated each ingredient in the product for potential human health and environmental effects. Safer Choice works closely with companies to help them understand the chemistry of their products and to select safer alternatives to chemicals that pose potential health or environmental concerns.

“I’ve been managing the cleaning product categories for several years. If someone asked me, when I first started, if we could successfully launch a line of products that was safer for people and the environment, effective, and priced attractively, I would have told you it would be impossible,” says Tantillo. “But Safer Choice standards gave us direction. Combining that with our committed supplier, we had a formula for success. And our customers are the real winners.”

For more information about the Safer Choice Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/saferchoice

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 86-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for eighteen consecutive years. In 2015, Wegmans ranked #7 on the list. The company also ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.

Contact Information: Jeanne Colleluori, media relations coordinator, 585-720-5750

Best Buy and LG: Recycle aging fridges and upgrade to new energy-efficient models with EPA’s “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Richfield, Minnesota, 2015-4-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Earth Day, Best Buy and LG Electronics USA have joined forces to help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launch its “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, encouraging consumers to responsibly recycle their aging fridges and upgrade to new, energy-efficient models.

The EPA kicked off the campaign on today’s special Earth Day episode of the Emmy® Award-winning daytime talk show, featuring LG ENERGY STAR certified appliances available at Best Buy. And earlier this month, Best Buy was honored with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

The “Flip Your Fridge” campaign launch includes a complete ENERGY STAR kitchen and laundry makeover for a lucky Ellen viewer and a social media contest in which other Ellen viewers have the opportunity to win the same appliances. In addition, as part of today’s Earth Day episode of Ellen, all audience members received two $500 Best Buy gift card thanks to Ellen, LG and Best Buy to use toward the purchase of an ENERGY STAR certified LG kitchen or laundry appliance of their choice.

Replacing an old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR certified model will save energy, save money and help protect the climate. According to the EPA, if you “Flip Your Fridge,” you can save as much as $260 over the next five years and reduce your carbon footprint by 7,900 pounds.

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Best Buy and LG: Recycle aging fridges and upgrade to new energy-efficient models with EPA's “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Best Buy and LG: Recycle aging fridges and upgrade to new energy-efficient models with EPA’s “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

EPA awarded CBRE Group, Inc. 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

2015 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year-Sustained Excellence
Top Service Firm In “Certification Nation” Promotion​

Los Angeles, CA, 2015-4-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) a 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. This marks the eighth consecutive year that CBRE has been recognized for ENERGY STAR performance.

CBRE also took top honors among all real estate service providers by certifying 406 buildings during 2014—the most of any building owner or manager in the year-long Certification Nation promotion sponsored by EPA. Certification Nation 2014 celebrated 15 years of ENERGY STAR certification for buildings by awarding special recognition for multiple-building certifications and CBRE achieved the highest accolade, “Elite Member,” in that program.

Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

“Sustainability is a core value of our company and our service to clients, “said David Pogue, CBRE’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility. “Our partnership with ENERGY STAR is an essential way we increase energy efficiency and deliver real advantage for our clients,”

“Being named an Elite Member of the Certification Nation program recognition is a further testament to the strength of our sustainability program and the dedication of our Asset Services teams,” Mr. Pogue added.

“Through their sustained participation with ENERGY STAR, CBRE is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I applaud CBRE for earning EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award, the 2015 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, demonstrating a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

CBRE assists owners and occupiers with energy efficiency programs at properties it manages around the world. Since first developing CBRE’s sustainability program in 2006, ENERGY STAR has remained the operational framework for advancing energy efficiency practices in its managed portfolio. These efforts continue to produce powerful results:

  • ​Since 2007, the company has benchmarked office buildings managed by its U.S. Asset Services Group with ENERGY STAR.
  • Today, 1,229 buildings representing more than 229 million square feet are participating in the program, significantly more than from any other third-party management firm.
  • In comparison with the previous year, the 1,229 participating buildings experienced a savings of 3,392 metric tons of CO2e; the equivalent of reducing 8,078,571 average passenger vehicle miles driven in an entire year.
  • CBRE’s 406 ENERGY STAR buildings under management represent almost 5% of the 8,804 U.S. office buildings labeled.

CBRE offers a wide range of sustainability initiatives under its Environmental Sustainability program, which includes global commitments in 11 key areas of environmentally sound performance, including resource management, occupancy, communications and training, public policy and procurement. The program provides best practices and initiatives that strengthen CBRE’s own environmental commitment, reflect the best environmental practices in our clients’ properties, and provide vital training and education to CBRE professionals.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2014 revenue).  The Company has more than 52,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 370 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website atwww.cbre.com​.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).​​​

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