LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets here announced yesterday that it was one of two companies to receive the Sustainable Large Business Best Practice Award from the Council for Sustainable Florida at its ninth annual awards ceremony in Tallahassee, Fla. The awards program is designed to recognize efforts to create a more environmentally sustainable Florida. “Our commitment to sustainable practices begins with associate involvement in conservation programs, including energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling, water conservation and hurricane preparedness and recovery,” said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations for Publix, in a statement. “As a Florida-based retailer, we are focused on the sustainability of our state and protecting resources.” In one example, Publix launched its Get Into a Green Routine in 2002 to educate associates on energy conservation. Since launching the initiative, the company has succeeded in reducing electricity usage by an average of 7% overall and approximately 23% in new stores.
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