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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix Super Markets here said yesterday it received the Sustainable Large Business Best Practice Award at the Council for Sustainable Florida's ninth annual awards ceremony in Tallahassee, Fla.
The awards program is designed to recognize and honor the best efforts to create a more sustainable Florida.
"Our commitment to sustainable practices begins with associate involvement in conservation programs, including energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation, and hurricane preparedness and recovery," said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations, in a statement. "As a Florida-based retailer, we are focused on the sustainability of our state and protecting resources."
Specific programs recognized included:
-- "Get into a Green Routine," a Publix program launched in 2002 to educate associates on energy conservation. Since launching the initiative, the company has succeeded in reducing electricity usage by an average of 7 percent overall and approximately 23 percent in new stores.
-- Publix generator program announced in 2006 to install 400 stationary and mobile generators to hurricane-prone store locations at an approximate investment of $100 million. Since submission to the council, the generator program has been expanded to cover a total of 670 stores at an estimated investment of $175 million.
-- Publix reduce-and-reuse before recycling program, where plastic is re-used for the shipping of product. Recycling efforts in 2006 led Publix to recycle more than 209,000 tons of cardboard and 7,600 tons of plastic.