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REI now powered by 100% renewable energy


Seattle -- REI has met its commitment to be powered by 100% renewable energy through energy efficiency, solar generation, long-term renewable energy contracts, and renewable energy certificates (RECs). That’s just one of the findings in the outdoor retailer’s 2014 Stewardship Report.

"Our co-op structure means that each member is a steward of REI,” said Jerry Stritzke, REI president and CEO. “That's a great strength, because our members keep us focused on the long-term good of the outdoor community in every decision we make. It means that our community has both the permission and the power to be a force for good."

In other achievements in 2014, REI became one of 12 original signatories of the Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles, which urge energy suppliers to offer more renewable energy and expand purchasing options. It also announced a new employee benefit – REI Yay Days – giving all employees two paid days off per year to participate in a favorite outdoor pursuit or stewardship project.

While REI advanced its stewardship commitments last year, it also faced several challenges. As the co-op expanded its store count, workforce size and member base, it recorded improvements in efficiency but overall absolute increases in carbon emissions, energy usage and solid waste. REI is investing in efficiency solutions aimed at addressing these issues. The co-op is also continuing to focus on strengthening its supply chain standards, promoting renewable resources and bringing its community programs to scale.

Looking ahead, REI said its stewardship initiatives will be focused on four areas:

• Curating products;

• Creating access to inspiring outdoor places;

• Catalyzing outdoor experiences; and

• Strengthening the foundation of core sustainability practices in business operations.

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