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Meijer highlights efforts to reduce emissions from diesel fleet

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mass merchandise chain Meijer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel vehicle fleets in North America, the company said Monday.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer, which runs 203 stores in the Midwest and Kentucky, said its fleet used various technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 60%. The company, which has 170 semi trucks, said its fleet was the first in North America to implement the federal clean emissions standards that feature near-zero emissions technology.

"This is an extremely rewarding achievement that truly speaks to our commitment to the environment," Meijer EVP supply chain operations and manufacturing Rick Keyes said. "Not only are we integrating cutting-edge technology into our business; we also are working under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor."

Improvements include a 47% reduction in particulate matter; a 55% reduction in nitrogen oxide; a 3% reduction in carbon dioxide; and a 5% increase in fuel economy.

 

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Stater Bros. pharmacy head’s daughter named 2014 Rose Queen

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Ana Marie Acosta, the daughter of Stater Bros. VP pharmacy John Acosta, has been named the 2014 Rose Queen by the Pasadena, Calif., Tournament of Roses Association, the 166-store supermarket chain said.

Acosta, 17, attends the Polytechnic School in Pasadena and is head of the school’s varsity equestrian team.

Acosta was named the 96th Rose Queen in a ceremony at First Church of the Nazarene, chosen from more than 900 young women in the area who participated in the Royal Court tryouts.

Acosta and the six Rose Princesses will make more than 100 community and media appearances, culminating in the 125th annual Rose Parade and the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

 

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BD sponsors four-year community clinic funding effort

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FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Medical supplies maker Becton, Dickinson & Co. is helping to launch a program designed to expand and improve health care for underserved and vulnerable populations in the United States.

BD announced Monday that it would partner with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers to launch BD Helping Build Healthy Communities, a four-year initiative for which it will commit about $5 million in money and products to clinics and community health centers, also known as CCHCs. The more than 2,400 CCHCs around the country serve 23 million people considered to be medically underserved.

"Clinics and community health centers all over the country provide critical services for millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans, but they face significant resource constraints," BD president and CEO Vincent Forlenza said. "We are excited and proud to be working with Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers to help address some of these constraints and enable centers to continue delivering innovative care to underserved communities."

BD will give awards of up to $100,000 to CCHCs that are addressing the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. The first two awards, this summer, went to the Dover, N.J., Zufall Health Center and The Children’s Clinic in Long Beach, Calif.

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