At Walgreens Boots Alliance, we are determined to address the threat of climate change. We pursue many practical activities which contribute to the overall reduction of our carbon footprint.
Walgreens continues learning from ‘net zero’ store in the USA
Walgreens ‘net zero’ store opened in November 2013 and is believed to be the first net zero energy retail store in the USA. The store, located in Evanston, Illinois is connected to the regular power supply but is capable of producing at least as much energy as it uses.
It is the first Walgreens location to bring together all the innovative green technologies tested at other stores and facilities, showing how they can work together in a single building. The net zero concept is part of Walgreens overall sustainability plan to reduce energy use by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020 across approximately 8,200 stores.
Outside, there are 850 solar panels across the roof, two 35-foot-tall wind turbines at the front of the property and an electric vehicle charging station. Inside signage explains the net zero concept and the systems in place that allow the store to achieve it, including LED lighting and daylight harvesting, carbon dioxide refrigerant for heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment and energy efficient building materials.
The store received platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program and has received GreenChill platinum certification through the U.S. EPA. GreenChill’s Store Certification Program was designed for supermarkets, and this is the first time a GreenChill certification has been awarded to a small-format store, such as a convenience store or pharmacy.
Walgreens and ‘Feeding America’ continue their collaboration
In fiscal 2015, Walgreens helped keep around 2.2 million kilograms of product out of landfills across the USA by donating them to Feeding America, a leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
Walgreens donations, which are screened for safety, can range from a scratched box of cereal to a discontinued type of shampoo. While food is always appreciated, the non-food donations are especially valuable because toiletries and household items cannot, in many instances, be purchased through government assistance programs.
(Photograph courtesy of Feeding America)