Our Current Stories on Sustaining the Environment
Our Shrinking Carbon Footprint
Efforts to reduce Nordstrom's greenhouse gas emissions have been working—and we plan to keep at it.
Over the last few years, we've focused on reducing our carbon footprint to help minimize impacts from climate change. Like most retailers, many of the greenhouse gases we generate come from the energy it takes to power our stores—things like running escalators, in-store lighting, heating and cooling systems and the emissions we create for transportation of our merchandise are big contributors.
To reduce our carbon footprint, we've been working to increase energy efficiency throughout our facilities. We have also been working to increase product transportation efficiency. This helps to reduce our carbon footprint while improving fuel mileage and lowering shipping costs.
Participating in the CDP
To further guide our progress, we've been measuring Nordstrom's carbon footprint through participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The CDP works with companies worldwide to track and share information about greenhouse-gas emissions and recently released its 2011 report. Nordstrom was one of 339 companies from the S&P 500 that participated by sharing information about how we're managing our impact on climate change.
"We use the CDP results each year as a benchmark for what we've accomplished and as reminder that we've still got a lot more work to do," said Corporate Social Responsibility director Linda Peffer. "We remain committed to measuring our impacts and identifying new opportunities to reduce the carbon dioxide we generate."
What we've accomplished
Despite the progress made, we are continuing to take action every day by reducing energy use in stores through new technologies, making moves to improve fleet fuel economy, optimizing carton delivery and reducing air-freight.
"We continue to look for new opportunities throughout the business," said Linda. "We appreciate all of the employees who work to make great strides in these areas and are continuing to do so. We hope even more Nordstrom employees will become involved in and inspired by the possibility of helping to identify solutions."
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