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08 Sep: Best Buy launches Forest Stewardship Council® certified packaging

From reducing our carbon footprint to making the products we sell and packaging they come in more sustainable, we’re committed to making a positive impact on the environment and helping our customers do the same.

Starting this month, the outer box packaging of some TVs within our own Insignia brand, both in the U.S. and Canada, is being made with sustainably sourced paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). This ensures that packaging comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits to help protect the planet — today and tomorrow.

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25 Aug: Best Buy to power 57 Texas locations with clean solar energy

Best Buy has committed to be carbon neutral across our business by 2040, and we’re taking another big step toward that goal by expanding our use of renewable energy.

We recently signed a 10-year agreement with Constellation, a leading energy company, to power 57 stores and a 600,000-square-foot distribution center with solar energy sourced from the 140-megawatt Big Star Solar project that is currently in development in Texas. Our portion of the project is expected to produce approximately 46,845 megawatt hours per year.

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28 Apr: Best Buy earns first TRUE certification for zero waste

We have long been committed to making a positive impact on the planet and the communities we serve, and that journey has pushed us to continually find new ways to make our business even more sustainable.

Today, we’re proud to announce that our Reverse Logistics Center in Chino, California, has earned Best Buy’s first TRUE certification for zero waste. Over the last year, the supply chain facility was able to divert more than 99.67% of its solid waste from landfills.

TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) certification helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals, which increases their resource efficiency, cuts their carbon footprint, and supports public health.

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22 Mar: Reducing our impact on the planet and its water sources

March 22 is World Water Day, and to celebrate, we’re sharing some of Best Buy’s latest efforts to reduce our impact on the planet and its water sources.

As a company, we rely on quality freshwater for the restrooms, kitchen areas and irrigation systems at our stores, distribution centers and corporate offices. Our customers, meanwhile, rely on water for appliances like washing machines and dishwashers.

Here’s a quick look at some steps we’re taking to cut back on how much water we use.

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21 Mar: How We’re Creating a More Sustainable Planet, Together

For decades, we’ve strived to create a more sustainable world for the communities we serve, because our customers and employees expect it and the planet demands it.

To do our part, we’ve set two ambitious environmental goals:

  • Reduce carbon emissions in our operations by 75% by 2030 (over 2009 baseline) and become carbon neutral by 2040.
  • Reduce carbon emissions for our customers by 20% by 2030 (over 2017 baseline), helping them save $5 billion on utility costs over the life of the ENERGY STAR products they buy.
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21 Mar: Helping our customers reduce their carbon footprints

At Best Buy, we’re committed to reducing our impact on the planet. And we want to help our customers to do the same.

We know many people care about sustainability and want to use less energy at home.  So, we’re helping them reduce their carbon footprints and save money in the process.

In fact, we’ve set a goal to help our customers reduce their own carbon emissions 20% by 2030 through the use of ENERGY STAR certified products. That would also help them save more than $5 billion on their energy bills.

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23 Feb: Best Buy Tops Barron’s List of 100 Most Sustainable Companies

Best Buy is proud to rank No. 1 on Barron’s prestigious list of 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the second time.

We previously achieved this honor in 2019 and have now placed in the top five for four straight years. We ranked No. 5 last year.

This recognizes our company’s leadership across a comprehensive range of areas, from workplace diversity to carbon reduction. We aim to be a good corporate citizen in our interactions with all stakeholders, including employees, customers, vendors, our communities and the environment.

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20 Feb: Best Buy Celebrates U.S. Re-Entry Into Paris Climate Agreement

As the U.S. officially re-enters the Paris Climate Agreement, Best Buy is reaffirming our support for the agreement and our commitment to fighting climate change.

The agreement, adopted by 196 parties at COP21 in 2015, is an international climate treaty to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. That’s a threshold that scientists warn we need to meet to avoid irreversible damage to the planet.

Last year, we joined more than 1,700 other organizations in support of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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22 Jun: Best Buy Unveils South Carolina Solar Field

Best Buy has cut our carbon footprint in half since 2009, and now we’re making our biggest commitment yet to renewable energy.

In collaboration with solar developer X-Elio and U.S. Bank, we are proud to unveil the Best Buy Solar Field in Martin, South Carolina. This project will produce 174,000 megawatt hours of clean electricity per year for the local power grid — enough to power the equivalent of 260 Best Buy stores for an entire year.

The Best Buy Solar Field underscores our commitment to enriching lives through technology.

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16 Jun: Best Buy Rises On List Of 100 Best Corporate Citizens

Best Buy is proud to rank No. 46 on the 2020 list of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens, moving up 21 spots from last year.

This list recognizes outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency and performance among the 1,000 largest public companies in the U.S. Our ranking places us in the top 5% of all companies evaluated, and we ranked second in the retail category.

ISS ESG, the responsible investing research arm of Institutional Shareholder Services, compiled the list.

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22 Jan: Best Buy named to top tier of companies fighting climate change

Best Buy’s environmental report card is out – and we’re at the top of the class when it comes to tackling climate change.

It’s a big deal for us because CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) is the global authority on environmental issues, including climate change.

This is the third time CDP has recognized Best Buy as an environmental leader on the Climate A List. The distinction puts Best Buy among the top 5 percent of companies participating in CDP’s climate change program.

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01 Oct: 5 Easy Ways to Save Energy at Home

We’re celebrating Energy Awareness Month here at Best Buy. Not only is saving energy good for the environment, it’s also good for your pocketbook. Here are five small things you can do to save energy and money in your home:

  1. Change your lightbulbs to LED. They last longer (20 years!) and use up to 85 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb.
  2. Replace that old fridge with an ENERGY STAR® certified one. You’ll be surprised how much energy you can save.