Publix 'Out of the Closet' on Sustainability

Though it has long been mindful of the environment, it is only in the past eight months that Publix Super Markets has made sustainability a tier-one corporate initiative and just as important opened up about its activities, said Michael Hewett, manager of environmental services for the chain. Prior to this change, Publix, based in Lakeland, Fla., kept its sustainability efforts mostly under

LAS VEGAS — Though it has long been mindful of the environment, it is only in the past eight months that Publix Super Markets has made sustainability a “tier-one corporate initiative” and — just as important — opened up about its activities, said Michael Hewett, manager of environmental services for the chain.

Prior to this change, Publix, based in Lakeland, Fla., kept its sustainability efforts mostly under wraps. “We were looking at new technology to improve the fuel efficien

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