Balancing the needs of customers with the needs of the environment is delicate process that has been apart of Vons’ company policy since Charles Von der Ahe opened his 20-foot wide Groceteria in 1906. Their journey toward greater sustainability continued in 2010 as they applied their long-standing environmental commitment in new ways. With careful fleet management, development of renewable energy sources, and zero-waste business practices Vons has remained a green company that is committed to reducing their impact on the planet.
In 2010 Vons purchased 93 million kilowatt hours of wind energy offsetting the power used by all of their U.S. fuel stations, corporate offices in Pleasanton, California, and their stores in San Francisco, California and Boulder, Colorado. They also completed their 19th solar-powered store and began construction on two 1-megawatt wind turbines at their Tracy, California, distribution center. Innovative tactics like these have continually cut down on fossil fuel and energy consumption earning Vons an eighth-place ranking among the top 20 retailers in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership program. Vons has also committed to waste aversion programs that have diverted approximately 490,000 tons of materials from landfills earning them the Waste Reduction Award Program award for the 12th consecutive year. Through progressive reforms and consistent performance Vons has shown innovative leadership towards preserving the environment and going green.
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