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Proud to be Green

Patti Breckenridge

Patti Breckenridge

Note:  This blog post was originally published November 7, 2012 and updated on April 16, 2014 with updated information.

Green is more than the color of our logo.  Since Intolerance for Waste is one of our five company values,  Publix has been careful of resources for its entire existence.   We’ve been recycling plastic and paper since the 1980s, long before it was cool to be green.

 However,  in 2001 we created a formal Green Routine to more closely measure our impact on the environment.   Some of the numbers are mind-blowing.

  • Since 2001, we’ve reduced electricity consumption in our stores by nearly 10.8 percent through conservation projects in lighting, refrigeration and other energy-consuming systems.  This savings is enough to power 92,000 homes a year (based on an average home consumption of 15,000 kilowatt hours per year). 
  • Our company-wide recycling rate continues to improve each year.  Our Pharmacy recycled more than 5.8 million prescription vials with the help of our customers in 2013.
  • Thanks to our customers using their reusable bags and our continued focus on proper bagging techniques, we’ve saved more than 3 billion plastic and paper bags since we started tracking in 2007.
  • Our Human Resources department regularly produces 180 different reports for our internal customers.  We provide 70 percent of those electronically.  That saves 1 million pages of paper every year.
  • We continue to look for ways to reduce our water consumption in our Dairy Manufacturing Plants. Improvements in 2013 saved more than 10.5 million gallons. We’ll be expanding these improvements in 2014. 
  • Through our partnership with Feeding America, we were able to send more than 36 million pounds of perishable product to feed those in need in 2013. This program continues to grow and benefits the food insecure in our communities, while keeping perfectly good food out of landfills.
  • More than 200 of our stores are participating in organics diversion programs, sending food and waste for compost or animal feed. In 2013, we kept 10,813 tons of waste out of landfills and continue to look for more opportunities in other areas of our operations.
  • We have four operating solar systems which generated more than 104,000 kilowatt hours of power during 2013.  Three of these installations are on stores and one is located at our corporate office. We are installing an additional one to be completed in 2014. 

 It takes all of us at Publix to achieve these numbers.  When 166,000 associates turn off lights every time they leave a room, it’s easy to have a big impact.

As an associate-owned company, we have a lot of incentive to be green since these savings help our bottom line.  But many of us take these steps as much because of our love of Mother Earth as our love for the company.   It’s a great feeling to work for an organization that fights constantly to prevent waste, and one that encourages all of us to play an eco-friendly role.

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2 Responses

  1. thomasl714 April 16, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    Patti,

    Don’t forget our hrbrid fleet!

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge April 21, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Great point!

      Patti

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