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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 07/26/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION238.8MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
33,152 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 185.1 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
25,693 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $25,554 DOLLARS SAVED
$3,547,312 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 401,224 MILES NOT DRIVEN
55,696,121 YTD

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6/14/2016

The Executive Go Green Challenge: Barbara Harmon

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The Go Green ERG proudly presents the Executive Go Green Challenge in which we challenge senior leadership to make small changes to their daily routines toward a more sustainable future. In this first article, we explore the experiences of Barbara Harmon, the first executive to take the challenge.  

The hardest thing about the Go Green Challenge for SVP/Omni Inventory Management Barbara Harmon? “Remembering to bring my own reusable coffee cup to Starbucks … and training the barista who usually has my order waiting for me. That took awhile!” she laughs.

But now that it has become a habit, it’s one she plans to keep. And it is one reason she’s glad she took part in the Go Green Challenge, which challenges Macy’s associates to reduce, reuse and recycle in their daily routines. “I was throwing out 300-plus cups per year – this is something I should have been doing on my own, and I wasn’t,” said Harmon.

Harmon also gave up paper completely for one week, eliminating printing stacks of reports in favor of reviewing them directly onscreen – and carrying her laptop with her to meetings. She held a deck-free core assortment meeting with her team as well, noting, “It made for a more conversational meeting, and I think it’s an area where we as a company have a lot of opportunity. We send decks out, people print their own copies, and then we bring more copies to the meeting.  We go through a lot of paper.”

She’s onto something there – considering that 50 percent of office waste is paper, eliminating unnecessary printing goes a long way toward increasing sustainability. 

Green tip: In meetings where laptops are welcome, consider sending file paths to attendees in advance, and reducing or eliminating paper copies.

Other green things Harmon did during the challenge included taking public transportation and bringing her own lunch, complete with reusable containers and utensils. “I made sure nothing was thrown away!” she says. “I don’t eat meat, anyway, so there’s one more green thing.”

Overall, going green took a little planning, but was easier than expected – and she encourages others to take the Go Green Challenge.

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