Lowe’s recognizes how our company’s activities impact the Earth’s ability to provide natural resources to future generations. For that reason, we continually examine opportunities to reduce our environmental impact while providing products and services to help consumers reduce their footprint.
Each of our more than 260,000 employees is a vital part of that mission. Our employees’ success educating consumers by promoting energy and water conservation has brought Lowe’s unprecedented recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Lowe’s was named winner of the ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, and we’ve received five consecutive WaterSense® awards from the EPA.
Our recycling numbers have grown as we’ve raised customer and employee awareness about the importance of reducing waste through our compact fluorescent light bulb, rechargeable battery and plastic bag and planter recycling programs.
Operationally, our collective progress toward reducing our environmental footprint demonstrates the effectiveness of our sustainability strategy. We continue to explore ways to use energy more efficiently in our stores, distribution centers and corporate offices. We’ve also improved our recycling and waste profile, and we’ve set new goals for 2020 to make energy use and waste management even larger priorities.
Our recycling numbers have grown as we’ve raised customer and employee awareness about the importance of reducing waste through our compact fluorescent light bulb, rechargeable battery and plastic bag and planter recycling programs. Over the course of our garden center recycling program, we’ve helped keep nearly 23 million pounds of plastic plant containers out of landfills.
Our focus on conservation also extends into our supply chain management programs, which is best demonstrated by our eight-year partnership with the EPA’s SmartWay® program. Shipping product by train and employing efficient shipping technologies helps reduce the fuel required to deliver products to our shelves. We also continue to team with carriers, ports, government agencies and other partners to develop clean truck programs and reduce pollution at our nation’s ports.
Driving all of these improvements is our focus on customers, and we remain dedicated to providing products that benefit their homes, their bottom line and the environment. We continue to expand our selection of ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products and offer a growing number of renewable energy solutions. As we look to the future, we’ll seek new and better ways to serve customers and continue to be responsible stewards of the environment.