For the past 51 years, people all around the world recognized April, 22 as Earth Day. The purpose of the date is to promote the environmental movement worldwide and hold government and businesses accountable for their carbon footprints.
This Earth Day, several big Idaho-based businesses are pledging their commitment to sustaining the planet.
In a news release, Albertsons Companies announced it will set an emissions reduction target, which will align with the United Nations’ Paris Agreement, to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The grocery chain says that means evaluating energy use from refrigerants, transportation and its supply chain.
“We are passionate about making a meaningful difference in our neighborhoods and planet and are committed to continuing to reduce our climate impacts,” said Albertsons President and CEO Vivek Sankaran.
The release also says Albertsons has several efforts currently underway to reduce emissions. In 2020, Albertsons Southwest Division was recognized for Sustained Excellence in the Salt River Project’s 2020 Champions of Energy Efficiency awards. The company is also one of the U.S. EPA’s top 30 retail partners for their Green Power Partnership Program.
Yogurt-giant Chobani announced that its employees are planting their company garden with a special focus on food insecurity to celebrate this Earth Day. The company garden sits on a quarter of an acre in Twin Falls and yields thousands of pounds of produce including tomatoes, peas, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, herbs, onions, peppers and more. Most of this year’s harvest will be donated to The Idaho Foodbank.
“As a statewide nonprofit, we are proud to, once again, collaborate with Chobani to provide increased access to nutritious food in the Magic Valley,” said Karen Vauk, President and CEO of The Idaho Foodbank. “The fresh fruits and vegetables Chobani will donate during harvest season are another unique way the food maker continues to support the community. We are so grateful for their long-term partnership.”
Micron unveiled its 2021 Sustainability Report this Earth Day, which sets long-term sustainability goals for energy, emissions, water and waste. Specifically, the company plans to spend $1 billion on environmental initiatives by 2028, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 75%, achieving 75% water conservation and 95% waste diversion.
“We view sustainability as a cornerstone of Micron’s business model and are backing that with a $1 billion commitment and implementation of a science-based approach to track our progress,” said Micron President and Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Mehrotra.
The tech company also says it reduced greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 36% in 2020 and increased its recycling of materials to 84% that same year.