As a leading national retailer with a significant workforce, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in improving the environment. And we do so by using resources more efficiently and striving to reduce our overall impact on the environment.
Macy’s, Inc., remains steadfastly committed to sustainability. For more than a decade, we have made significant progress on all fronts, and we continue to look for new ways to minimize our environmental impact.
As a leading national retailer with a significant workforce, we have the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in improving the environment. And we do so by using resources more efficiently and striving to reduce our overall impact on the environment. We must, however, operate within the bounds of good business decision making so that each action we take is measurable.
Macy’s, Inc.’s commitment to sustainability is multidimensional; we are delighted to share some examples of our sustainability in action:
LED Lighting Macy’s, Inc., has installed more than 1.1 million LED lamps in substantially all Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores across America, cutting energy consumption used in lighting by up to 70 percent compared with conventional lamps replaced.
Solar Power For 2016, the company planned to develop 35 solar power arrays to be installed on the roofs of stores and distribution centers around the country. At year-end 2015, solar energy was being generated on 78 active installations. During 2015, about 50,162 megawatt-hours of renewable energy were generated on Macy’s, Inc., facilities, and all but approximately 4,113 megawatt-hours were sold to others.
LEED Certification in Macy’s Stores The Macy’s store in the Shops at Summerlin in downtown Las Vegas has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for Existing Buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council. Included in Summerlin’s sustainable operations is a rooftop-mounted solar power system, completed in 2016. Seven additional Nevada stores achieved Gold certification in fiscal 2015.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Macy’s has an agreement with Volta Charging LLC to install up to 24 new, free-to-operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside 12 stores in northern California, which began in early 2016. All 24 charging stations are expected to be installed and operating by early 2017. Completion of these and other installations in the Los Angeles area will bring as many as 58 EV charging stations to customers at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s store locations in California.
Sustainable Transportation Macy’s has transitioned cross-country shipments from over-the-road trucks to intermodal rail containers, which contribute less than 50 percent of the amount of carbon dioxide per freight mile from trucks. In the last five years, annual intermodal use increased by 200 percent to nearly 48 million miles in 2015 and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 97 million pounds.
Macy’s Volunteers “Green” the Environment for Earth Week 2016 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are committed to sustainability, and Earth Week is an exciting time to put that belief into action. From tree plantings to solar installation dedications to an interactive “Plant Your Pictures” contest that showed our associates enjoying the great outdoors, employees came together to celebrate a greener world. Volunteers recycled electronics; beautified local parks, neighborhoods and beaches; collected recyclable bottles and cans; cleared land for a wildflower sanctuary; took part in composting; and taught students about recycling.
To learn more we invite you to read the Macy’s, Inc. Report on Social Responsibility and visit our environmental sustainability website at macysgreenliving.com.