At Grainger, we take our commitment to environmental stewardship seriously in our own operations and are dedicated to being a leader in sustainability. We are the first industrial distributor to publically disclose our carbon footprint through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). We also offer more than 19,000 products identified as “green” by a green logo. Customers can search for green products on grainger.com and acklandsgrainger.com.
In addition to our participation with CDP, Grainger was also the first industrial distributor to:
- Have Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities
- Operate 15 LEED facilities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico
- Be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a SmartWay Transport Partner
- Take the pledge for the Department of Energy’s Quality Advocate program
Grainger Lighting ServicesSM (GLS) partners with customers in the U.S. to improve their lighting systems. We also offer LEED-GA™ trained consultants who can help customers build their own “green” roadmaps and strategies. In our own facilities, Acklands-Grainger has initiated a lighting efficiency program, updating more than 100 facilities in the last four years. The U.S. operation conducts a similar program that has resulted in an average 15 percent decrease in energy consumption at 50 upgraded facilities.
Grainger is determined to set a new standard for sustainable, environmentally safe operations. Most recently, we added:
- A gold LEED certified distribution center in Patterson, CA: 820,000 square feet
- The largest LEED CI Platinum facility in the world in Minooka, IL: 1,000,000 square feet
- Our first LEED certified property in Canada in St. Laurent, Quebec: 42,000 square feet
From adopting LEED standards for new branch construction, to participating in numerous recycling programs, to working with the U.S. Green Building Council, the company is helping to preserve the natural resources within the communities where it does business.
In 2011, Grainger completed the installation of a 3-mega-watt solar-power system at our New Jersey Distribution Center. This system offsets more than 4.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually, which is equivalent to 455 acres of pine trees.