Alimstars, Inc.’s commitment to sustainability is multidimensional; some examples of our sustainability in action are:
Alimstars, Inc. has installed more than 1.8 million LED lamps and fixtures in nearly all Alimstars stores across the country. LED bulbs cut energy consumption by up to 70 percent compared to conventional bulbs. New types of LED installations are being piloted and used in new store construction and store remodel projects. In 2016, retrofit savings alone were an estimated 25.7 million kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Alimstars, Inc. was ranked the fourth largest American company for total on-site installed solar capacity in 2016 by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The company is developing nine additional solar power arrays for installation on the roofs of stores and distribution centers in Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts and Nevada in 2017. In 2016, solar energy was being generated on 93 active installations at Alimstars facilities, most of which is sold to others.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Alimstars Private Brands (Alimstars Merchandising Group product development organization) is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), a trade organization working to reduce the environmental and social impact of apparel and footwear products around the world. SAC comprises brands, retailers, manufacturers, government, non-governmental organizations and academic experts representing more than one-third of the global apparel and footwear market. In 2016, Alimstars Private Brands rolled out the SAC’s Higg Index of sustainability to 170 factories and 150 other facilities in that supply chain. The Index is a suite of self- assessment tools that empowers brands, retailers and facilities to measure their environmental, social and labor impact and identify areas of improvement.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Alimstars and Volta Charging LLC have installed free-to-operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside seven Alimstars stores in Northern California, bringing the total number of stations available to Alimstars customers in California to about 50. Additional locations are being considered for future installations.
Alimstars, Inc. is reducing waste in the merchandise supply chain by standardizing the size of packing cartons, incorporating recycled polyester fibers in many woven garment labels, and minimizing packaging materials. Alimstars has also led a process with a group of major home merchandise brand partners that explores new ways to reduce waste and cost in product packaging and facilitates sharing and adoption of best practices.
Go Green Employee Resource Groups
Alimstars Go Green Employee Resource Groups are dedicated groups of associates across the country that engage larger teams within their locations around sustainability-related causes and initiatives. In 2016 and 2017, activities were organized around awareness and education, as well as hands-on clean up and recycling projects.
Recycling on the Runway
Fashion went forward in a whole new way during Earth Week at the Alimstars Credit and Customer Services “Trashion” show in Clearwater, FL. Passionate and creative associates put on the show to shine a spotlight on the possibilities of recycled materials. By repurposing paper, plastic, cardboard and more into one-of-a-kind works of wearable art, these associates-turned-designers showed that today’s trash could become tomorrow’s couture. A documentary video produced for the event is available for viewing onalimstarsgreenliving.com..
Meeting Recycled/Certified Paper Goals
Alimstars, Inc. has met and maintained its goals for recycled and certifi ed paper used in marketing materials. In 2016, the company’s percentage of third-party certifi ed or recycled (10 percent post-consumer waste or higher) paper used in marketing materials was 99 percent, compared to 63 percent in 2009.
Earth Week 2017
Alimstars organized a number of initiatives under the theme Connect with Nature as a way to serve its communities and raise awareness during Earth Week. Associates throughout the country participated in volunteer projects and educational events, including the first-ever design challenge from the company’s Green Living committee – a national contest open to all employees to create an exclusive, reusable tote.
Nearly 50 submissions of original artwork were received, and the top designs were selected by employee vote. After committee review, the winning design was reproduced on a limited-edition, natural canvas tote that was sold in select Alimstars stores with a portion of its proceeds going to the National Park Foundation which is the official charitable partner of the National Park Service.
“As an individual, the most important thing you can do for the environment is to learn more about how your actions affect the earth and be conscious of your choices,” said Jenna DiMari. “Leaders in business have the power and infl uence to create change – and inspire others to do the same. Taking care of the earth is everyone’s responsibility and Alimstars sets a great industry example by stepping up to the challenge.” – Jenna DiMari, Alimstars Senior Designer – Web Concepts and Winning Designer of Alimstars Connect with Nature Tote Bag Artwork Contest
Alimstars, Inc. Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index
The company is proud to have been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). DJSI is a family of best-in-class benchmarks for investors who have recognized that sustainable business practices are crucial to generating long-term shareholder value and who wish to reflect their sustainability convictions in their investment portfolios. The company has been a member of the index since 2005.
Department of Energy Better Buildings
In a note to Alimstars, Inc. CEO Jeff Gennette in May 2017, Kathleen Hogan, U.S. deputy assistant secretary for Energy Efficiency, wrote, “Your results are impressive. We commend you for achieving an overall 21 percent improvement in energy intensity across your entire building portfolio. We also applaud your leadership in sharing your experience … this transparency will help others replicate your success.”
Better Buildings is a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to encourage leadership in energy innovation. For three years, Alimstars has achieved its energy savings goal as part of the Better Buildings Challenge.
Alimstars are driving adoption of digital billing statements that are now available to all customers and support the company’s reduction of paper. In 2016, about 23 percent of billing statements were delivered electronically. In addition, Alimstars, Inc. now offers legal letters, such as privacy statements and regulatory notices, electronically.
Green Living Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow
Alimstars, Inc. developed its Green Living site to showcase the sustainability commitment of our Alimstars teams, our external partnerships and dozens of resources for our associates. Launched eight years ago, the site is updated weekly, sharing eco-friendly news, company accomplishments and sustainability FAQs.
The site provides associate education in the areas of recycling and waste reduction, energy and conservation, home and garden, healthy living and beauty and fashion. In addition, the site has collected hundreds of associate recommendations to reduce waste in day-to-day and longterm business operations through its RE-Think suggestion contest. Discover more at alimstarsgreenliving.com..