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Member of the Month: Best Buy

April 3rd, 2017

At Best Buy, we are thrilled to be Environmental Initiative’s member of the month. As Environmental Initiative celebrates 25 years, I want to reflect on the organization’s impact both on Best Buy as well as the greater Twin Cities community.

 

When Best Buy began our sustainability journey a decade ago, Environmental Initiative was one of the first organizations we sought out to help guide our strategy and have continued to be a trusted resource in the years since.

I see Environmental Initiative as the convener of environmental thought leaders in Minnesota. The team has built a solid network of organizations who seek to drive sustainability forward. We are part of a unique community, with 16 Fortune 500 companies in the metro area, yet a close-knit group of individuals. Perhaps it’s our Midwest values-driven organizations, but there is a small-town feeling within our sustainability community. I can pick up the phone and call my environmental counterparts at any organization in town, thanks in part to the network Environmental Initiative helped build.

Not only does Environmental Initiative connect large companies, but also brings together smaller companies, academics and government agencies, facilitating conversations on topics that affect all of us, like smart transportation, sustainable consumption and renewable energy. I appreciate the variety of programming, which engages members of my team at all levels. From the case studies presented at the Business and Environment Series, to the more specialized Sustainability Practitioners Roundtable to the advocacy-focused Policy Forums, I see a common thread of collaboration and problem-solving throughout.

 

I’m excited about the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, an Environmental Initiative-led partnership of 30 businesses working together to advance the circular economy. One aspect of the work focuses on renewable energy, a topic Best Buy is deeply connected with, as 12 percent of our 45 percent carbon reduction goal is dedicated to renewables. By facilitating an open discussion with energy providers, Environmental Initiative has helped advance green tariff design that aligns with the energy and carbon reduction goals of our respective companies.

Congratulations Environmental Initiative, on 25 years of convening, educating, advocating for the environment. We are proud to be on this journey with you.

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen

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Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Best Buy

Member of the Month: Best Buy

November 5th, 2014

At Best Buy, we believe sustainability must be an essential element of everything we do. It’s good for our business, it’s good for our customers, and it’s good for the environment.

That’s why we are pleased to support Environmental Initiative, which brings together other like-minded Minnesota organizations and individuals. And we are honored to be featured as Environmental Initiative’s member of the month.

Best Buy has been involved with Environmental Initiative for more than 10 years. We greatly appreciate the invaluable feedback and network of environmental thought leaders that continue to help our company as we strive to do more.

We believe that engaging with diverse stakeholders is crucial for any forward-looking company that hopes to contribute to solving relevant, real-world problems. Environmental Initiative supports that by bringing together industry peers and hosting events where best practices are shared and common challenges are addressed.

Best Buy has made exciting progress in our sustainability efforts, recently celebrating a significant milestone in our e-waste recycling program. We have collected more than 1 billion pounds of consumer electronics and large appliances from customers at our 1,400 U.S. retail stores since the program launched five years ago, and we have committed to an ambitious new goal to collect an additional 2 billion pounds by 2020.

We are proud of those efforts and our support of Environmental Initiative. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on environmental issues that affect the communities in which we live and work.

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Best Buy Co., Inc. is the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer, offering advice, service and convenience – at competitive prices – to the consumers who visit its websites and stores more than 1.5 billion times each year. In the United States, more than 70 percent of Americans are within 15 minutes of a Best Buy store. Additionally, the company operates businesses in Canada, China, and Mexico. Altogether, Best Buy employs more than 140,000 people and earns annual revenues of more than $40 billion. Best Buy is proud of the work we do every day to create a thriving business while contributing to the common good.

For more information, visit www.Corporate.BestBuy.com/Sustainability or follow @BBYNews on Twitter.

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen

POSTED BY:

Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Best Buy
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