Retail Group’s First Sustainability Report Puts Green Lens on Industry

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

Target aims to achieve Energy Star certification for at least 75 percent of its sites by 2015. The Home Depot‘s work to shrink its environmental footprint includes using local materials, native plants and building controls at stores. Lowe’s is working with the carriers that transport its goods to be smarter about fuel efficiency.

The initiatives are a sampling of the environmental efforts detailed by the Retail Industry Leaders Association in its first report on sustainability practices among some of the largest retail companies in the United States.

RILA’s 2012 Retail Sustainability Report, released this morning, offers an interesting look at the evolving philosophy on sustainability within an industry that has the largest energy bills and the second largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the commercial sector of the U.S. economy, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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