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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 06/21/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION231.2MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
25,225 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 179.2 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
19,549 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $24,741 DOLLARS SAVED
$2,699,070 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 388,450 MILES NOT DRIVEN
42,377,926 YTD

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11/12/2013

Where Are the Sustainability Challenges at Macy’s?

POSTED UNDER Our Accomplishments

It all started with a plan, and grew from there. Established in 2008, Macy’s 5-Point Action Plan was designed to identify actions we could take to really have an environmental impact. Once we had the groundwork and strategy in place, we knew we could start making a tangible difference throughout Macy’s, Inc., and maybe even to our customers, vendors and industry. Our 5-Point Action Plan covers a range of sustainability focus areas, including: 

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Increase renewable energy
  • Reduce the use of paper
  • Increase the use of recycled or certified paper for marketing materials
  • Increase the use of sustainable building materials

We’ve made tremendous strides forward since the plan was established, and we determine benchmarks every year to ensure we’re continuously moving in the right direction – with one key exception.

In spite of a decrease in the use of paper, including wrapping paper, tissue paper, gift boxes, credit card billing, receipts and innovative ideas like eliminating the printing of floor plans with a new paperless system, we continue to increase our use of paper at copiers and printers and with employee mailings. Specifically, office copy paper usage has increased for Macy’s as a whole in the past few years.

Sustainability is a marathon, not a sprint. Macy’s is in it for the long haul, and as much as we’ve accomplished, we must continue to look for sustainable improvements. A simple improvement is reducing the use of paper in the office whenever possible.  We know we can do better, as demonstrated by some of our other sustainability achievements:

  • Reduced electricity consumption by 38 percent since 2002
  • Increased solar energy with a total 55 active installations at Macy’s locations, with more to come
  • Used certified or recycled paper on 95 percent of marketing materials in 2013, compared to 43 percent in 2009
  • Tripled the use of sustainable building materials since 2009

These are all amazing accomplishments that everyone involved with Macy’s should be proud of – and we know that with a focused, committed effort, we can make similar strides in reducing our copier and printer paper usage and improve even more.