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Safeway wins state’s highest environmental honor

BY Adam Kraemer

SACRAMENTO Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this week announced that Safeway has won the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its promotion of green business practices and implementing significant environmental initiatives throughout its operations.

The award, California’s most prestigious environmental honor, is given yearly to individuals or groups who have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources. Safeway’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Sustainability Initiative, begun in 2006, focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of solar power, wind power, alternative fuels, green construction strategies, employee education and consumer outreach.

“I applaud Safeway’s climate initiative which is a good model for companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint,” said Linda Adams, California’s secretary for Environmental Protection. “California’s environmental leadership is supported by companies like Safeway that demonstrate the business world can make substantive changes that benefit the environment.”

Safeway launched the comprehensive, long-term initiative last year, in order to decrease the company’s carbon footprint and improve air quality. Toward that end, Safeway’s energy and fuel team calculated the total amount of carbon dioxide emitted annually by its operating facilities and the transportation fleet, and implemented cost-effective measures to dramatically reduce emissions.

“What makes this award so exciting is that it recognizes all the efforts made throughout Safeway to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Joe Pettus, senior vice president of Fuel and Energy. “We are utilizing innovative and creative means—from wind and solar power to energy efficient equipment and consumer education—to make meaningful changes that are helping the environment. This award acknowledges a tremendous team effort.”

Safeway is the largest retail purchaser of green wind energy in California and one of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies purchasing green energy nationwide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. More information is available at Safeway.com.

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Safeway Contributes to Prostate Cancer Research

BY Doug Desjardins

PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are teaming up to donate $6 million to fund the S.T.A.R. Program (Special Team Amplification Research).

Safeway will contribute $3 million that it raised through customer donations made at checkout counters. The Prostate Cancer Foundation will match that donation to fund research that explores the role of targeted heat therapy in treating prostate cancer.

“Supporting this kind of innovative research has become a trademark of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and [is] the principle reason Safeway developed a relationship with the organization more than seven years ago,” said Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway,

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CVS collects donations for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS will be participating in the fourth year of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Thanks and Giving Campaign, which will run nationwide in CVS stores through Dec. 8.

Under the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, CVS store associates will encourage customers to add $1 to their purchase at the register to support the research of St. Jude, a pediatric cancer research center.

In the first three years of the campaign, CVS and its customers have raised more than $5 million for the hospital.

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