Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 03/17/2018

8,287 YTD

6,795 YTD

$916,521 YTD

15,081,984 YTD

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Our Accomplishments

Progress toward becoming an eco-friendly and sustainable company is never ending. We’re committed to this, but we’re also proud of the strides we’ve already taken. It all started with our 5-Point Action Plan; what’s proceeded are impactful and truly sustainable results.

Among the many tangible steps we’ve taken to reduce our impact on the environment, here are some of our favorites:

Macy’s, Inc. Report on Social Responsibility

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Our Accomplishments


  • Increased solar energy with a total of 74 active installations at Macy’s locations at year-end 2014, with another 44 in various stages of development.
  • Added more than 1.1 million LED lamps in about 800 Macy’s stores, with new types of LED installations being piloted and used in new stores and remodels.
  • Reduced total kilowatt-hour-per-square-foot energy consumption by 32 percent over the last 10 years. 

Carbon Emissions

  • Operated a 600 Kilowatt Bloom Energy server (a solid oxide fuel cell) that replaces most of the grid energy at the company’s Cheshire, CT, fulfillment center. This technology reduces CO2 emissions by about 35 percent.
  • Increased intermodal transportation to 48 million mile, a 200% increase, reducing carbon emissions by more than 99 million pounds.
  • We’ve combined multiple vendors on trucks going to our distribution centers, increasing the number of cartons per trailer by 50 percent. 

Paper Usage

  • 97 percent of paper used by Macy’s in marketing materials is certified or recycled.
  • Recycled more than 77,000 tons of corrugated cardboard, plastic, hangers, office fiber, irons, pallets and other materials in 2014.
  • Seven percent of all transactions were paperless in 2014 –all Macy’s stores nationwide now offer paperless receipts. 
  • 52 percent of customer accounts are paid electronically.
  • Five percent reduction in total paper usage in 2014 over 2013 levels.

Our Buildings and Practices

  • Macy’s Private Brands – the company’s product development organization – joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a trade organization working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
  • In late fall 2014, began installation of  24 new free-to-operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside 12 stores in the San Francisco Bay area. All are expected to be operating by the end of fall 2016. Completion of these and other installations in the Los Angeles area will bring as many as 58 charging stations to customers at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s store locations in California.
  • Increased our contribution rate of capital spend on sustainable building materials by 40 percent in 2014, compared with 2013.
  • Reduced waste in the merchandise supply chain by standardizing the size of packing cartons, incorporating recycled polyester fibers in many woven garment labels, and minimizing packaging materials.
  • Macy’s has also been recognized by ForestEthics for reducing paper consumption as well as increasing use of recycled and certified paper. The EPA and the Solar Energy Industries have ranked Macy’s as one of the top companies for generating the most sustainable electricity on site.

There’s more to learn and accomplish in order to reduce our overall impact on the environment. Macy’s, Inc., aspires to be a leader in sustainability, and we are moving forward to that end with enthusiasm and commitment.