At our co-op, we’re aware that climate change, if left unchecked, will have major effects on our community, the availability, quality and cost of the products we sell, and the economy at large. That’s why we’re joining more than 1,000 companies and investors across the United States to encourage the U.S. government to keep intact smart climate policies and stick with the commitments we’ve made in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Why did our co-op join this call to action? We recognize that failure to transition toward a low-carbon US economy now will only exacerbate the climate-related problems we’ll experience in the future. Maintaining U.S. climate leadership can spur innovation, advance our nation’s competitiveness, and position U.S. companies as leaders in the global economy.
Our co-op has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and are the host of a Community Supported Solar array on our roof so we can source more clean energy.
In addition, we have started a Green Team, implemented a commercial composting system, increased our recycling capabilities (which combined avoided 188 metric tons of carbon emissions in our 2016 fiscal year) and are striving to reduce the amount of packaging used in our store (remember to bring your own containers when you shop our bulk department) and are always thinking about what more we can do.
But while we’re working to do all we can to address our carbon footprint, we recognize that government leadership is essential for spurring widespread climate action and the transition to low-carbon energy. That’s why more than 1,000 U.S. businesses are calling on our elected leaders in Washington to support a low-carbon USA.
We hope that lawmakers, businesses, and communities can work together to build a healthy, thriving, low-carbon economy that will ensure our nation’s economy prosperity for generations to come.