--trends + business + politics--
Good green news - big chain retailers are jumping on the Eco-friendly bandwagon by rolling out green certified stores in multiple locations. Target just announced the launch of two store prototypes in Waconia and Otsego (scheduled for October 08'). The stores will not only be bigger and and offer more product, but will also be "green." These two prototypes mark ambitions plans to have them at more than 100 location by the following year.
This move by Target is part of an initiative of some 20 retailers who are working with United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to test pilot a new bulk certification program, where chain stores can get their prototype buildings certified by USGBC, rather than individual locations. After receiving the initial certification, the USGBC would then conduct periodic quality control visits and efficiency test. Retailers in this program include household names such as Starbucks, Best Buy, and Lowe's.
For more information on the USGBC, go to www.usgbc.org