AUSTIN, Texas (April 26, 2012) – Whole Foods Market has posted its inaugural Green Mission report online which provides status updates and recognizes benchmarks large and small in the natural and organic grocer’s long-standing dedication to environmental stewardship.

“Caring for our communities and our environment is part of our core purpose as a company and this report shines a light on some of the ways  our green practices help contribute to making the world a better place,” said Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.

Now available on the company’s website at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/pdfs/2012GreenMissionReport.pdf, the report outlines Whole Foods Market’s green efforts, with a focus on eleven key corporate, product and community-focused initiatives. Highlights include:

  • Whole Foods Market is the first national retailer to discontinue the sale of red-rated seafood (ratings assigned by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s or Blue Ocean Institute).
  • In 2010, the company announced a goal to reduce energy usage by 25 percent per square foot by 2015. In 2011 electricity use had already been reduced by six percent.
  • Nearly 40 Whole Foods Market stores are Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) or Green Globes certified, registered or in development.
  • In 2011, the company introduced Eco-Scale, a rating system for cleaning products that provides customers with information to make informed choices about ingredients used in those products.
  • Whole Foods Market has invested more than $6 million in wind renewable energy certificates.

“If our shoppers, members of our communities, vendor partners or shareholders ever wonder about what kinds of initiatives we are working on as part of our everyday commitment to environmentalism, they can get a taste by perusing this report.” said Kathy Loftus, global leader of sustainable engineering and energy management for Whole Foods Market.

To learn more about Whole Foods Market’s green mission download a copy of the report, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com/greenmission.

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