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CONSHOHOCKEN, Penn., Dec. 17 /CSRwire/ - IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced IKEA Conshohocken is the proud recipient of the 2013 GO GREEN Award from the Plymouth Township Council. The award, presented to IKEA Conshohocken during the Council’s November meeting, annually honors a “local organization/business in Plymouth Township that shows a personal commitment to protecting the environment.”
“IKEA Conshohocken is honored to be recognized by the Plymouth Township Council for our sustainability initiatives and are pleased to be viewed as a leader in the community for our positive social and environmental actions,” said Camilla Meiby, IKEA Conshohocken’s store manager. “We are also proud of our extensive range of products that help our customers live a more sustainable life at home.”
In July 2012, as part of an IKEA initiative to roll-out solar panels on nearly 90% of its U.S. locations, 4,760 solar panels were installed on top of IKEA Conshohocken’s roof, which produces approximately 1,366,310 kWh of clean electricity annually. This is equivalent of reducing 942 tons of carbon dioxide, eliminating emissions of 185 cars or powering 117 homes annually. Consistent with the company’s goal of being energy independent by 2020, IKEA has installed more than 250,000 solar panels worldwide and owns approximately 110 wind turbines in Europe. Globally, IKEA has allocated $1.8 billion to invest in renewable energy through 2015.
IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. Globally, IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. Specific U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating environmental measures into the actual buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, skylights in warehouse areas, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling of customers’ compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 selling only L.E.D. bulbs.
Located on 23 acres along I-476 at Ridge Pike, the 325,000 square-foot IKEA Conshohocken opened in January 2003. In addition to 10,000 exclusively designed items, IKEA Conshohocken presents 38 different room-settings, two model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 250-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the showroom, baby-care rooms, play areas throughout the store and preferred parking.
Additionally, two electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations are planned to be installed.
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 43 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives benefiting children and the environment. For more information, follow IKEA Conshohocken @IKEA_Conshy and visit IKEA-USA.com/Conshohocken, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA and pinterest.com/IKEAUSA.
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