Macy's, Inc. reported a series of new initiatives in its multi-year strategic program to enhance environmental sustainability. They are consistent with the company's sustainability principles first adopted in 2008 and implemented with increasing intensity over the past six years. Results through 2013 include a 38 percent reduction in the company's electricity usage since 2002 and a 95 percent adoption rate of recycled or certified paper used in the company's marketing materials.
"We have come a long way in making our company more efficient, less wasteful and greener -which is important to our customers, associates, shareholders and communities," said Amy Hanson, the Macy's, Inc. executive vice president who oversees sustainability activities. "In all, we have already implemented more than 100 new sustainability ideas over the past six years. But the more we do, the more we learn about opportunities for further improvement. We are more committed today than ever to pursuing new advances in sustainability and finding pragmatic steps we can take to become responsible stewards of our environment while also engaging our workforce and reducing costs."
New and enhanced elements of sustainability at Macy's, Inc. in 2014 include:
Collaborating with Volta Industries to install 17 new free-to-operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside eight Macy's stores in the Los Angeles area by late fall 2014. Planned locations include Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, Los Cerritos Center, Montebello Town Center, Montclair Plaza, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, Simi Valley Town Center and The Oaks in Thousand Oaks.
This installation will bring to 33 the number of EV charging stations available to customers at Macy's store locations in southern California. In 2011, Macy's became the first major department store to pilot the use of EV charging stations when it forged an agreement to install 16 charging stations outside five Macy's stores and one Bloomingdale's store in the San Diego area which are currently being operated as part of the Blink Network. Collectively, these charging stations provide an added convenience to EV drivers and help promote the reduction of fuel consumption and the transition to clean, renewable energy.
Entered a new phase of its industry-leading program to install energy-saving LED light bulbs in stores nationwide. The company has already installed more than 1.1 million LED bulbs in more than 800 Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores across America, cutting energy consumption used in lighting by up to 73 percent compared with conventional bulbs replaced. In 2014, LED technology is being extended to begin replacing fluorescent fixtures in store locations.