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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 07/23/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION204.7MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
32,566 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 158.7 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
25,239 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $21,905 DOLLARS SAVED
$3,484,544 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 343,926 MILES NOT DRIVEN
54,710,600 YTD

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4/18/2014

Will Your Macy’s Store Make the Green Grade for Green Living?

POSTED UNDER Our Accomplishments

Pop Quiz! Macy’s piloted a sustainability initiative fittingly called “Green Grade,” measuring sustainability efforts on a monthly and yearly basis. These ratings reiterate the important role that associates play in making sure our company continues to be more sustainable. Green Grade is now featured in every Macy’s store.

The main categories for measurement?  Energy Consumption, Paper Usage and Recycling

Here’s a breakdown of how each category is measured:

  • Energy usage is measured by comparing this year’s use to last year.
  • Similarly, paper usage is compared to last year’s usage along with the number of sales transactions taken into consideration for paperless receipts and gift boxes. The “Bag it Right” strategy is measured against the number of sales transactions.
  •  Recycling is measured by data coming through existing reports from the distribution centers.

Energy consumption can be improved by: 

  • Turning off lights in empty rooms
  • Turning escalators off when the store is closed
  • Clearing the path of blocked vents
  • Using energy efficient bulbs in office lamps
  • Reporting leaky faucets 

Use of paper can be reduced by:

  • Placing merchandise in the right size bag - not double bagging
  • Recommending purchase of reusable Macy’s tote bags to customers
  • Making paper copies a need instead of a want
  • Viewing reports on monitors
  • Two for One: Printing on both sides of paper
  • Offering gift boxes only when the customer makes a request
  • Offering electronic receipts
  • Using the 5-Star packing process for sending merchandise

A store’s measurement of recycling can be improved by:

  • Ensuring all cardboard goes to distribution centers and then on to recyclers by not discarding cardboard into compactors
  • Collecting materials from shoe boxes for recycling
  • Making sure a label is placed on recyclables so your store will receive credit that will be reflected on Green Grade

But it doesn’t stop there. Let these guidelines start as a jumping off point to making your store’s best Green Grade. Sustainability can’t be the responsibility of a single individual; it has to be a collective effort in order to succeed. We must reflect this sentiment in our stores. Every associate can participate in making their store more environmentally friendly.

Associates can see their store’s results on Communications Center bulletin boards. Green Living will publish reports on Green Grade progress throughout the year, and rankings will be updated monthly, so stay tuned.