Thursday, January 26, 2012

Seen Around Midtown: Walgreens' Electric Vehicle Charger


I recently noticed that my corner Walgreens re-painted one of their parking spots as an electric vehicle charging spot.



The hook-up at the spot wasn't actually installed until later, though. I finally noticed it was all set up when I went there yesterday.


It made me wonder: is this something Walgreens is doing across the country? A quick Google search quickly proved that it is. According to Consumer Reports, Walgreens started installing the first of 800 electric vehicle chargers at stores across the nation last summer.


And according to the Walgreens website, the company has way more green cred than I realized:
Walgreens has a long-standing commitment to reducing energy usage and expanding its renewable energy initiatives. The company became the nation’s first drugstore chain to install a geothermal energy system at one of its stores in Oak Park, Ill., last November. The company’s Mira Mesa, Calif., location became the first drugstore to receive LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Walgreens also plans to have more than 130 rooftop solar installations at stores and distribution centers by the end of the year. In addition, the company utilizes an energy management system that monitors electricity, water, heating and cooling and waste management at more than 3,000 stores to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs while extending equipment life.

Which is all well and good, but now I can't help but wondering... How many electric vehicles are there in Kansas City?

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3 comments:

Tony said...

Nice. I swear it was an air pump. But this is way more productive. Great shots May!!!

stefany said...

Wow, has it been that long since I've been to the drugstore? It doesn't seem like there are terribly many electric vehicles in KC (let alone midtown), but I sure wish I'd been able to buy an electric vehicle the last time I bought a car. Next time. (if I have to ever buy a car again, that is.)

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