Top 10: US Retailers Using Green Energy
10. Safeway, Inc.
Safeway, Inc. is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the U.S., operating 1,630 stores under names such as Vons, Tom Thumb, and Safeway. Winner of the Green Power Leadership Award in 2005, Safeway has taken several steps toward becoming even more sustainable. 100 percent of its gas station retail stores are powered by third-party renewable electricity.
9. Best Buy
One of the States’ largest consumer electronics retailers, Best Buy uses 133,333,000 kWh of green energy annually. The company is also aiming to reduce its emissions in North America, setting a goal of 20 percent reduction by 2020.
8. Ahold USA
Dutch company Ahold is relatively new to the states, expanding internationally in the late ‘90s, but they’ve definitely made their mark in green energy consumption. The parent company of several supermarkets, it uses 155,985,720 kWh of green energy annually.
Sprint is a major advocate for the use a sustainable energy and green power. The company utilizes 176,004,679 kWh of green energy annually and hopes to reduce emissions 20 percent by 2017. Also, CEO Dan Hesse has taken a leadership role in green energy advocacy and the company actively lobbies for wind energy tax credits.
6. McDonald’s USA
Winner of the Green Power Leadership Award for 2012, McDonald’s USA is committed to using at least 30 percent renewable energy for its company-owned restaurants. McDonald’s uses 309,185,000 kWh of green energy annually and is committed to reducing its energy consumption at the corporate level, as well.
5. Starbucks (Company owned stores)
Starbucks recognizes that its energy use is the single biggest impact the company has on the climate. It’s already a large consumer of renewable energy though, using 582,520,523 kWh annually, making up 67 percent of its total energy consumption. Starbucks wants to power 100 percent of its stores using Renewable Energy Credits by 2015.
Staples has received numerous awards for its usage of green energy, including the Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award in 2013. Staples utilizes 635,951,792 kWh of green energy, which is 106 percent of its energy consumption. This extra percentage comes from the fact that Staples has 36 on-site solar installations for some of its stores.
Wal-Mart is a leader in corporate sustainability. Winner of the 2009 Green Power Leadership Award, Wal-Mart utilizes 650,716,703 kWh of green energy annually. With more than 10,000 stores worldwide, however, this usage only amounts to 3 percent of the company’s total energy consumption.
2. Whole Foods Market
Not surprisingly, a grocery store that is committed to healthier, locally-sourced food is also heavily invested in sustainable energy. Winner of countless awards for its efforts, Whole Foods uses 800,257,623 kWh of green energy annually, accounting for 107 percent of its total energy consumption. The company has a Green Mission Leadership Team, which helms its sustainable business practice research and implementation.
1. Kohl’s Department Stores
The amount of awards Kohl’s has won for its sustainable business practices is impressive. Even more impressive is that the company utilizes 1,536,529,000 kWh of green energy annually, account for 105 percent of its total energy consumption. The company has three specific strategies for keeping its business in the green: focusing on sustainable operations, engaging stakeholders, and keeping its supply chain sustainable.