SOLAR DASHBOARD

Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 11/21/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION116.0MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
52,292 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 89.9 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
40,526 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $12,412 DOLLARS SAVED
$5,595,240 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 194,886 MILES NOT DRIVEN
87,850,496 YTD

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Green Living Committee

Representing all functions of Macy’s, Inc. across the country, our Green Living Committee collaborates to bring fresh and engaging sustainability updates and insights to Macy’s team members as well as any Green Living enthusiast. Every member has their own reason for joining the committee, as well as their own personal passion for sustainability. See for yourself what Green Living means to them.

And if you’re a Macy’s associate interested in joining Our Green Living Committee, please contact us.

Samuel Brosen

MIO Manager

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Sam’s been with the company since 2013 and joined the Green Living Committee in time to contribute to Earth Week 2015. 

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The long-term vision and progressive direction of Macy’s as a clear industry leader.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
After taking an introduction to sustainability course in my freshman year of college, I spent the following six months living off the grid in the Arava desert in Israel, conducting hands-on studies in various sustainable disciplines. The experience instilled a worldview within me oriented towards a deep passion for sustainability.

What is your favorite way to go green?
Smart and responsible shopping – as consumers, our shopping habits give us the ability to cast a powerful vote.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I take public transportation every day.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
I would have to pick two: reduce and recycle. Living in New York City, I’m pleased to be in an urban environment that provides so much infrastructure for recycling and reduction in energy use. Via progressive recycling programs, public transportation, pedestrian oriented sidewalks, and options to source renewable energy sources for electricity, the concepts of reduce and recycle are consistently on my mind.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
I feel that large companies, as some of the biggest environmental impactors and entities consistently in the lives of consumers, have a great potential to evoke change.

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Iman El Khatib

Omni Buyer for Neo Collections Bedding

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Iman is an Omni Buyer for Neo Collections Bedding and started with Macy’s in 2010. She started as a committee member when she became involved with the Macy’s Go Green ERG in early 2015.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
It’s something I have always been passionate about from a young age. The ability to have an impact on our future is something that inspires me.

Why do you go green? 
Because there’s no reason not to, only positive results come from going green.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I always recycle my clothing by donating or re-selling items within my wardrobe.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
I’m passionate about recycling and reducing our waste footprint, personally and within the workplace. At work I try to print as little as possible, using my laptop as much as possible. At home I have a designated recycling bin that is typically overflowing.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
The apparel industry influencing customers/consumers in purchasing sustainable fashion. Reformation is a retailer that does this extremely well.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability? 
Major companies have the ability to influence and lead innovation throughout the marketplace. I think it’s important for companies to lead by example and educate their customers/employees on steps they can take to positively impact the environment and lives of others.

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Iman is an Omni Buyer for Neo Collections Bedding and started with Macy’s in 2010. She started as a committee member when she became involved with the Macy’s Go Green ERG in early 2015.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
It’s something I have always been passionate about from a young age. The ability to have an impact on our future is something that inspires me.

Why do you go green? 
Because there’s no reason not to, only positive results come from going green.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I always recycle my clothing by donating or re-selling items within my wardrobe.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
I’m passionate about recycling and reducing our waste footprint, personally and within the workplace. At work I try to print as little as possible, using my laptop as much as possible. At home I have a designated recycling bin that is typically overflowing.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
The apparel industry influencing customers/consumers in purchasing sustainable fashion. Reformation is a retailer that does this extremely well.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability? 
Major companies have the ability to influence and lead innovation throughout the marketplace. I think it’s important for companies to lead by example and educate their customers/employees on steps they can take to positively impact the environment and lives of others.

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Sam’s been with the company since 2013 and joined the Green Living Committee in time to contribute to Earth Week 2015. 

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The long-term vision and progressive direction of Macy’s as a clear industry leader.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
After taking an introduction to sustainability course in my freshman year of college, I spent the following six months living off the grid in the Arava desert in Israel, conducting hands-on studies in various sustainable disciplines. The experience instilled a worldview within me oriented towards a deep passion for sustainability.

What is your favorite way to go green?
Smart and responsible shopping – as consumers, our shopping habits give us the ability to cast a powerful vote.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I take public transportation every day.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
I would have to pick two: reduce and recycle. Living in New York City, I’m pleased to be in an urban environment that provides so much infrastructure for recycling and reduction in energy use. Via progressive recycling programs, public transportation, pedestrian oriented sidewalks, and options to source renewable energy sources for electricity, the concepts of reduce and recycle are consistently on my mind.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
I feel that large companies, as some of the biggest environmental impactors and entities consistently in the lives of consumers, have a great potential to evoke change.

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Jonathan Zaremba

Senior Account Executive, Men’s and Baby/Kid’s

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Jonathan started with Macy’s in 2014, working as an account executive in our New York offices. He got involved with Green Living when his fellow account executive, Harmony, asked if he could help with an event. "I instantly knew I wanted to be a permanent part of the team."

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s? 
The ability and freedom to forge your own career path.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
Growing up in Virginia, everyone does their part to keep the environment nice for everyone to enjoy.

Why do you go green? 
To keep our environment as wondrous now as when I grew up.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”? 
Reusable water bottles! You’d be surprised how many disposable cups we go through each day/week/month/year!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at. 
Reuse, I never throw anything away.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
Electric, self-driving cars.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability? 
If we don’t, who will?

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Kevin Fobi

Associate Inventory Planner – Mstylelab/Juniors

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Kevin started with Macy’s in 2011 and joined the Green Living Committee in 2015. He’s also part of our New York Go Green ERG.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The many roles you can play outside of your day-to-day to job functions, like ERG involvement.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
From mentors closely involved in sustainability in their own jobs that taught me this is the way the future is headed.

What is your favorite way to go green?
I unplug all of my appliances, avoiding vampire voltage.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
Lately, bringing my own bags to the grocery store.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
Reduce. I’ve been conscious about my usage, whether it be electricity, reducing water usage at home, or reducing plastic grocery bag usage by bringing my own bags.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
Not only does it promote goodwill and improve the company’s image, but it’s good for the environment overall. The larger the company, then the larger its potential impact.

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Kevin started with Macy’s in 2011 and joined the Green Living Committee in 2015. He’s also part of our New York Go Green ERG.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The many roles you can play outside of your day-to-day to job functions, like ERG involvement.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
From mentors closely involved in sustainability in their own jobs that taught me this is the way the future is headed.

What is your favorite way to go green?
I unplug all of my appliances, avoiding vampire voltage.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
Lately, bringing my own bags to the grocery store.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
Reduce. I’ve been conscious about my usage, whether it be electricity, reducing water usage at home, or reducing plastic grocery bag usage by bringing my own bags.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
Not only does it promote goodwill and improve the company’s image, but it’s good for the environment overall. The larger the company, then the larger its potential impact.

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Jonathan started with Macy’s in 2014, working as an account executive in our New York offices. He got involved with Green Living when his fellow account executive, Harmony, asked if he could help with an event. "I instantly knew I wanted to be a permanent part of the team."

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s? 
The ability and freedom to forge your own career path.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
Growing up in Virginia, everyone does their part to keep the environment nice for everyone to enjoy.

Why do you go green? 
To keep our environment as wondrous now as when I grew up.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”? 
Reusable water bottles! You’d be surprised how many disposable cups we go through each day/week/month/year!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at. 
Reuse, I never throw anything away.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
Electric, self-driving cars.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability? 
If we don’t, who will?

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Harmony Eberhardt

Account Executive, Creative Services

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Harmony works in our New York City offices and has been with the company since 2011. She’s been involved with Green Living since 2013 and is a founding member of our New York Go Green ERG.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The excellent teams I get to work with.

Why do you go green?
Because thinking sustainably – thinking about one’s impact on the next generation – is basically just thinking smart.

What is your favorite way to go green?
I compost, recycle plastic bags, and stay aware of what materials my clothes are made from and where they are made.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I switched to an energy company that supplies 100% solar and wind power for my apartment electricity.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
All three. Each is related to the next; it’s about re-thinking how and what we buy, how we use what we buy and also thinking about what is next for the product after we're done using it. This involves thinking in ways that most of us are not used to.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
Moving forward with initiatives that support accessibility to alternatives. The NYC Composting pilot is also a great example of a sustainable city-wide initiative.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
Whether it’s with an individual or at the level of influencing corporate action across the industry, I believe companies (both large and small) have a responsibility to act in ways consistent with preserving a healthy planet for both this and future generations.

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Dan Cook

Director of Facilities, Safety and Business Continuity for macys.com

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Dan manages Facilities for major locations within Macy’s, including a corporate office in New York City as well as our MCOM offices in San Francisco. Dan celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the company in 2015.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
I love working at macys.com. Ecommerce is ever-changing and fun. I enjoy working with SPACE and MCOM leadership to create green work environments that allow teams to work and collaborate successfully.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
I grew up in Arizona where water was scarce. We had water rationing every summer until the Colorado River project was completed when I was a teenager. I think when you live in an environment with scarce resources you realize how precious our natural environment is.

What is your favorite way to go green?
Recycling is something I am passionate about. San Francisco is leading states in their goal of zero waste by 2020.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I’m currently working very hard to save water during California’s historic drought. We keep a three gallon bucket in the shower and fill it up each day from runoff from the shower. We use the water to water our plants. We’re planning to remove our grass in our front yard and plant drought-tolerant plants.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
I think it is important for companies to be role models for their employees. Macy’s is doing a terrific job with the Green Living website.

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Dan manages Facilities for major locations within Macy’s, including a corporate office in New York City as well as our MCOM offices in San Francisco. Dan celebrated his 20 year anniversary with the company in 2015.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
I love working at macys.com. Ecommerce is ever-changing and fun. I enjoy working with SPACE and MCOM leadership to create green work environments that allow teams to work and collaborate successfully.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
I grew up in Arizona where water was scarce. We had water rationing every summer until the Colorado River project was completed when I was a teenager. I think when you live in an environment with scarce resources you realize how precious our natural environment is.

What is your favorite way to go green?
Recycling is something I am passionate about. San Francisco is leading states in their goal of zero waste by 2020.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I’m currently working very hard to save water during California’s historic drought. We keep a three gallon bucket in the shower and fill it up each day from runoff from the shower. We use the water to water our plants. We’re planning to remove our grass in our front yard and plant drought-tolerant plants.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
I think it is important for companies to be role models for their employees. Macy’s is doing a terrific job with the Green Living website.

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Harmony works in our New York City offices and has been with the company since 2011. She’s been involved with Green Living since 2013 and is a founding member of our New York Go Green ERG.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The excellent teams I get to work with.

Why do you go green?
Because thinking sustainably – thinking about one’s impact on the next generation – is basically just thinking smart.

What is your favorite way to go green?
I compost, recycle plastic bags, and stay aware of what materials my clothes are made from and where they are made.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I switched to an energy company that supplies 100% solar and wind power for my apartment electricity.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
All three. Each is related to the next; it’s about re-thinking how and what we buy, how we use what we buy and also thinking about what is next for the product after we're done using it. This involves thinking in ways that most of us are not used to.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
Moving forward with initiatives that support accessibility to alternatives. The NYC Composting pilot is also a great example of a sustainable city-wide initiative.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
Whether it’s with an individual or at the level of influencing corporate action across the industry, I believe companies (both large and small) have a responsibility to act in ways consistent with preserving a healthy planet for both this and future generations.

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Elena Pfarr

Director of Environmental Services, Green Living Committee Chair

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Elena is the Director of Environmental Services for Macy’s SPACE (Store Planning, Architecture, Construction and Engineering) team and is the Committee Chair for Green Living. She’s been with the company since 2003 and working with Green Living since 2011. She’s also a member of the Sustainability Executive Committee.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
Watching how projects we work on make a difference in the world.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
I had great role models. I was raised by hippie parents who valued environmental stewardship. We recycled everything, had a huge organic garden, and my dad even built his own solar collector.

Why do you go green?
Because it’s the right thing to do for a sustainable future.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
Recycle EVERYTHING.

What is your favorite way to go green?
My biggest impact probably comes from recycling, but I'm also an avid gardener.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
Recycling is the easiest to do, but logically not the most important. We must be able to reduce and reuse as much as possible, and recycle only as a last resort.

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Jeff Larson

Director, Energy Management

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As Director of Energy Management, Jeff manages the team responsible for procuring or buying the energy we use; this includes renewables such as solar. This team also monitors and manages how energy is consumed in our buildings, from fulfillment centers to offices to stores. Jeff started with the company in 1997 and has been working on sustainability projects since 2006. He’s also a member of the Sustainability Executive Committee.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
Working daily with a talented team that is interested in new ideas and technologies.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
It should be a top priority for everyone to make sustainability a focus on both a personal level as well as on a larger scale. We should always attempt to improve upon the system, making it greener, less detrimentally impactful, and model this philosophy to influence others to make good decisions.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
Recycling. It’s an easy habit to adopt and connects you with your waste. My family has been sorting our recyclables for so long that I can’t imagine not recycling. I also take public transportation to and from work daily, which I recognize can be more challenging in other areas of the country.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
Affordable energy storage: harnessing energy produced in the non-peak timeframe and distributing it during peak loads.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
As a sizable company, we recognize the impact our actions have on the markets we operate in with our customers, employees and their families. Retelling the story of our sustainable activities, such as energy reduction, sourcing green power and recycling makes good business sense. If Macy’s can show that it can not only function when cutting energy usage and utilizing new more sustainable means, but we can thrive, many others will follow our lead.

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As Director of Energy Management, Jeff manages the team responsible for procuring or buying the energy we use; this includes renewables such as solar. This team also monitors and manages how energy is consumed in our buildings, from fulfillment centers to offices to stores. Jeff started with the company in 1997 and has been working on sustainability projects since 2006. He’s also a member of the Sustainability Executive Committee.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
Working daily with a talented team that is interested in new ideas and technologies.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
It should be a top priority for everyone to make sustainability a focus on both a personal level as well as on a larger scale. We should always attempt to improve upon the system, making it greener, less detrimentally impactful, and model this philosophy to influence others to make good decisions.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
Recycling. It’s an easy habit to adopt and connects you with your waste. My family has been sorting our recyclables for so long that I can’t imagine not recycling. I also take public transportation to and from work daily, which I recognize can be more challenging in other areas of the country.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
Affordable energy storage: harnessing energy produced in the non-peak timeframe and distributing it during peak loads.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
As a sizable company, we recognize the impact our actions have on the markets we operate in with our customers, employees and their families. Retelling the story of our sustainable activities, such as energy reduction, sourcing green power and recycling makes good business sense. If Macy’s can show that it can not only function when cutting energy usage and utilizing new more sustainable means, but we can thrive, many others will follow our lead.

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Elena is the Director of Environmental Services for Macy’s SPACE (Store Planning, Architecture, Construction and Engineering) team and is the Committee Chair for Green Living. She’s been with the company since 2003 and working with Green Living since 2011. She’s also a member of the Sustainability Executive Committee.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
Watching how projects we work on make a difference in the world.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
I had great role models. I was raised by hippie parents who valued environmental stewardship. We recycled everything, had a huge organic garden, and my dad even built his own solar collector.

Why do you go green?
Because it’s the right thing to do for a sustainable future.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
Recycle EVERYTHING.

What is your favorite way to go green?
My biggest impact probably comes from recycling, but I'm also an avid gardener.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Pick the category you’re best at.
Recycling is the easiest to do, but logically not the most important. We must be able to reduce and reuse as much as possible, and recycle only as a last resort.

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Monica Ng

Environmental Services Manager, Facilities Call Center

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Monica started with the company in 2005. A year later she took a role as the Environmental Services Manager for Facilities.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The collaboration with the different groups – there’s so much information and insight that can be learned from all the different groups within the company.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
Growing up in the city, it wasn’t always green. But attending a high school that inspired my interest in agriculture has brought out a passion for sustainability.

Why do you go green?
I go green because it’s the socially responsible path to take, but overall it’s also the most beneficial path. Every little effort helps the earth, but it also brings us more together by having a common goal.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
During the summers I close my blinds when I’m not home, so the sun does not warm up the house and run air conditioning when not necessary. Opposite for the winter months where I keep shades open to bring more light in.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
More sustainable products, from the glasses we use to the clothes we wear. Breaking down what we may consider waste, and investing in companies that repurpose it to produce something new.

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Michael Singer

Director of Customs and Social Compliance for MMG

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Michael’s been with the company since 1983. He came on board with Green Living in 2015 and has been actively involved in MMG’s Sustainability Committee since its inception.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
My mom was a middle school Earth Science teacher so I was brought up with an understanding and passion for the environment.

What is your favorite way to go green?
Although I try to live a “green” lifestyle, my involvement in MMG’s sustainability initiatives has been the most rewarding. Not only have we made significant changes in the culture and awareness in our offices, but we’re now looking at how we can develop our product in a more sustainable way. Our recent involvement with the SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) is an opportunity for us to improve the sustainability of our private branded product throughout the supply chain, starting with the factories that produce our product through the delivery to our stores.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I’ve always taken mass transit to work and take advantage of local shopping and entertainment opportunities that do not require the use of my car.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
I think there are huge opportunities in the agriculture area to improve farming techniques – not only for food but for natural fibers such as cotton.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
In addition to the large number of employees and customers, companies like Macy’s that produce, import and sell goods have a direct impact on the environment.

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Michael’s been with the company since 1983. He came on board with Green Living in 2015 and has been actively involved in MMG’s Sustainability Committee since its inception.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
My mom was a middle school Earth Science teacher so I was brought up with an understanding and passion for the environment.

What is your favorite way to go green?
Although I try to live a “green” lifestyle, my involvement in MMG’s sustainability initiatives has been the most rewarding. Not only have we made significant changes in the culture and awareness in our offices, but we’re now looking at how we can develop our product in a more sustainable way. Our recent involvement with the SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) is an opportunity for us to improve the sustainability of our private branded product throughout the supply chain, starting with the factories that produce our product through the delivery to our stores.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
I’ve always taken mass transit to work and take advantage of local shopping and entertainment opportunities that do not require the use of my car.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
I think there are huge opportunities in the agriculture area to improve farming techniques – not only for food but for natural fibers such as cotton.

Why do you think it’s important for companies to take an active role in sustainability?
In addition to the large number of employees and customers, companies like Macy’s that produce, import and sell goods have a direct impact on the environment.

Close [X]

Monica started with the company in 2005. A year later she took a role as the Environmental Services Manager for Facilities.

What is your favorite part of working at Macy’s?
The collaboration with the different groups – there’s so much information and insight that can be learned from all the different groups within the company.

Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
Growing up in the city, it wasn’t always green. But attending a high school that inspired my interest in agriculture has brought out a passion for sustainability.

Why do you go green?
I go green because it’s the socially responsible path to take, but overall it’s also the most beneficial path. Every little effort helps the earth, but it also brings us more together by having a common goal.

Is there an activity you do in your everyday life that you’d consider “green”?
During the summers I close my blinds when I’m not home, so the sun does not warm up the house and run air conditioning when not necessary. Opposite for the winter months where I keep shades open to bring more light in.

What do you see as the next big innovation in sustainability?
More sustainable products, from the glasses we use to the clothes we wear. Breaking down what we may consider waste, and investing in companies that repurpose it to produce something new.

Close [X]