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Ill. governor tours nearby green Walgreens

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As part of Earth Month in Illinois, Gov. Patrick Quinn Tuesday morning toured a Walgreens drug store in Oak Park that features the first geothermal energy system used in a chain drug store in the country, Walgreens stated in a release.

The system, which went live when the store opened last October, has reduced the store’s expected energy usage by 60%. "We are proud to showcase our commitment to the environment here in Oak Park with Gov. Quinn," said Walgreens president and CEO Greg Wasson, who accompanied the governor on the store tour. "Geothermal energy is an important way we can reduce our carbon footprint, and through the innovative, sustainable design of this store, we have made it a reality."

The store also features a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, which can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. Working with 350Green, Walgreens plans to install charging stations at about 30 additional Chicago-area stores beginning this summer. The company already has initiated charging station installments across the Houston and Dallas markets.

"For our customers with electric vehicles, we will offer some of the area’s best corners to help give people the confidence to drive longer distances while having access to charging stations," Wasson said.

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Dropps teams up with TerraCycle

BY Allison Cerra

ARDMORE, Pa. — Dropps is looking to offer consumers a 100% zero waste liquid laundry detergent choice.

The laundry detergent brand, which is packaged in environmentally friendly toss-and-go dissolving packs, has partnered with TerraCycle. TerraCycle, an international upcycling company, has launched the Dropps Laundry Detergent Pouch Brigade, where consumers can collect empty Dropps packaging and send them to TerraCycle with free prepaid shipping labels, which can be downloaded and printed through the TerraCycle website.

For each empty Dropps pouch, the collector earns two points that can be used to buy a charity gift or converted to cash for the charity or school of the collector’s choice, Dropps and TerraCycle said. The packaging will be recycled into a variety of products, such as plastic lumber and housewares, or upcycled into tote bags, laundry bags and more.

"We have always been driven by a strong environmental commitment, and this was the final element in making Dropps the most eco-friendly laundry detergent on the planet," Dropps creator Jonathan Propper said. "We are thrilled to partner with TerraCycle to offer consumers a truly convenient and conscientious laundry detergent choice."

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BIO’s Rosado joins FMI

BY DSN STAFF

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute said Tuesday that it has appointed Robert Rosado as director of government relations.

According to FMI, Rosado will focus on legislation that impacts supermarkets in the areas of food safety, health care, food deserts and the 2012 Farm Bill.

“Rob has a broad range of expertise in food and agriculture that will be very helpful to FMI and its members. His background also includes working with federal agencies on many issues related to the food retail industry,” FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin said.

Rosado joins FMI from the Biotechnology Industry Organization where he was policy manager for the food and agriculture issues. Before joining BIO, he served as director of legislative and political affairs for the Foreign Agriculture Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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