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The Kroger Co. issued its annual sustainability report yesterday, saying, in part...

• "Kroger has saved more than 2.34 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, which equals 1.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That equates to taking more than 292,000 cars off roads for one year."

• "Today, one of Kroger’s new stores will consume 30% less energy than a store built in 2000. Kroger has reduced energy consumption thanks to increased use of LED lighting, motion sensors, skylights and control systems that monitor lighting, heating and cooling and refrigeration."

• "In 2011, the company’s Ralphs/Food 4 Less Division designed and built a unique resource recovery system, which is expected to convert 55,000 tons of unsold organics, annually, into renewable energy that will power its own facility."

• "In 2011, 19 of Kroger’s 39 manufacturing plants sent 'zero waste' to the landfill."

• "Kroger was named the most generous company in America by Forbes."

• "Kroger’s Family of Stores donated the equivalent of 160 million meals to local food banks through our partnership with Feeding America in 2011 ... Together, Kroger vendors and customers raised more than $5.5 million in support of women’s health and breast cancer awareness programs."
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