Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 04/25/2018

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12,664 YTD

$1,708,106 YTD

28,108,068 YTD

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Small Steps and Big Bounds – Our Progress in Sustainability

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Whether you’re a long-time visitor to Macy’s Green Living, or only recently visited for the first time, you’ve probably read about some of our achievements in sustainability. But you may not be aware of the full range of what we’ve accomplished, what we’re doing right now, and what we’re planning for the future.

To make it easy to see the big picture, we’ve developed an infographic that shows sustainability at Macy’s in four key areas:

  • Energy
  • Carbon emissions
  • Resource management
  • Buildings and practices

While you’ll find coverage of each area here on the Green Living website, here are just a few highlights to consider.

Harnessing the Sun’s Power

Macy’s has made a significant commitment to solar energy, and as of 2015, we had 78 active solar installations across the United States – up from 44 in 2012. By the end of 2016, we’d increased that number to 102, with more on the way in 2017 and beyond. Those installations produced the solar energy equivalent to more than $4.8 million, or more than 75 million miles not driven. That’s enough to drive around the earth 3,036 times!

You can keep track of how much solar energy we’ve generated this year using the solar dashboard icon at the top of each page on the Macy’s Green Living site, so take a look!

Cutting Carbon Emissions

At the same time we’re producing energy, we’re working hard to cut what we use. One key area is in transportation, where we’re finding new, creative ways to increase efficiency. We’re combining shipments from multiple vendors onto a single truck, increasing the number of cartons per trailer by 50 percent – and we’ve increased transportation via intermodal rail containers by 200 percent, which reduced carbon emissions by 97 million pounds.

We’re not stopping there, either. We’ve pledged to reduce our energy use by another two percent per year in 2017 and 2018. Every little bit helps, so be sure to chip in and do your part to save energy!

Managing Resources Effectively

In resource management, we’ve increased the percentage of certified or recycled paper we use in our marketing materials to 99 percent as of 2015. And, our shopping bags are now made of 100 percent recycled paper (and they’re completely recyclable as well!)

Want to know how you can help? Reuse and recycle your Macy’s shopping bags – or better yet, bring your own reusable bags for your Macy’s purchases. There are beautiful, functional options available and they’re for sale in many Macy’s stores.

If you’re getting paperless receipts via e-mail and paying your bill electronically, you’re helping that way, too.

Building Sustainable Practices

Macy’s Private Brands (Macy’s Merchandising Group) has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a trade organization working to reduce the social and environmental impacts of apparel and footwear products worldwide.

Our building practices are making a difference, too. We’ve made great strides in waste diversion from construction projects and we plan to increase that percentage – 15 percent over 2016 by the year 2018.

All This and So Much More

There’s so much more we’re doing to increase sustainability and make the planet greener and cleaner – explore the infographic to get the big picture and subscribe to weekly Green Living updates to keep on top of all the sustainability news at Macy’s!


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