Safeway Corporation earned big points in my book this year. While most corporation are looking for ways to avoid environmental regulations, Safeway is going green.
Safeway purchases about 78,000 megawatts of wind energy each year. They’ve increased their purchase to 174,000 megawatts. Wind will power their fuel stations, facilities in Walnut Creek and Pleasanton, Califonria, and fifteen stores. The increase in megawatts will run these facilities for two years.
Safeway is part of a program called the “Chicago Climate Exchange.” They participate in the greenhouse gas reduction program.
Safeway doesn’t stop with wind power. They recycle almost 500,000 tons of paper and plastic each year and reduce energy use whereever they can.
Safeway’s efforts make it the biggest consumer of wind energy among corporations in California. This has earned Safeway the Green Power Leadership Award for 2005.