Environment

Measure 1: We seek improved efficiency in resource consumption.

The following shows the gas (therms) and electricity (kilowatt-hours) consumed by Seward Co-op. As our services, sales and community impact grow, we expect the amount of energy used to run our gold level LEED-certified building to remain static, and possibly even decrease.

Jul. - Sept. 2013Oct. - Dec. 2013Jan. - Mar. 2014Apr. - June 2014
Therms 2,369 3,664 14,099 6,731
kWh 326,400 285,000 303,600 280,500



Measure 2: We practice responsible waste management.

Percent of waste recycled or composted.

Jul. - Sept. 2013Oct. - Dec. 2013Jan. - Mar. 2014Apr. - June 2014
89% 88.6% 88.2% 89.7%



Measure 3: We model, teach and promote resource conservation.

We encourage customers to use their own bags for groceries by providing a green bag credit (GBCs) of 10 cents for each bag used. The use of reuseable bags helps us reduce the amount of paper bags we purchase. The following chart shows the number of green bag credits given to customers and the amount of paper bags purchased by Seward Co-op.

Jul. - Sept. 2013Oct. - Dec. 2013Jan. - Mar. 2014Apr. - June 2014
GBCs 866,120 816,120 823,310 918,760
Paper bags 112,750 122,500 133,500 121,500