Putting the ‘Green’ in Walgreens: A Major Store Chain Broadens Its Enviro Reach


Organization: Walgreens Timeframe: 2008 Walgreens, the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2007 sales of $53.8 billion, operates 6,237 stores in 49 states and Puerto Rico. Way before "green" was popular, when there wasn't much talk about saving the planet, Walgreens was already protecting the environment. For example, the company has worked with General Electric to develop energy- efficient lighting in its stores since 1968, and Walgreens has been a partner with the Environmental Protection Agency to conserve energy for more than 10 years. Over the past decade, employees in the company's facilities planning, distribution center, store operations and transportation divisions have developed dozens of other green initiatives to save costs and help the environment.

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