June 27, 2018 - 8:37 AM EDT
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Generation 180 Petitions Stores to Close Their Doors to Wasting Energy

Every Store That Shuts Their Door Can Prevent 2.2 Tons of Carbon Dioxide Pollution

Charlottesville, Virginia, June 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the start of summer, clean energy nonprofit Generation 180 is launching a Change.org petition urging retailers across the country to close their doors to wasting energy. During hot summer months, some stores run their air conditioning and prop open their doors to attract customers, allowing cold air to pour onto the sidewalk. Each store with an open door wastes about 4,000 kilowatt hours of electricity over the summer. This translates into two tons of carbon dioxide – the same amount of pollution produced by a diesel truck driving from New York to Miami! 

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“We need to teach stores that propping their doors open is just like leaving your refrigerator wide open at home. As a society, we have moved past this wasteful behavior, and our petition mobilizes consumers to voice their concerns to retailers,” says Nate McFarland, director of communications at Generation 180. “With no evidence demonstrating that open doors increase sales, then retailers should be responsive to their customers. This gives retailers the opportunity to do the right thing and showcase their green values, making it good for business, the community and the environment.”

While it’s been recently made illegal in New York City, the practice of leaving doors open is still common around the country. Collectively this drives up costs, wastes energy, increases pollution and stresses the power grid.

Sign the Petition and Urge Stores to Save Energy!

Generation 180’s petition asks the National Retail Federation to tell their members to adopt closed-door policies. Each store can help lead the way towards a retail industry and a public that is smarter about conserving energy. If stores keep doors closed in the summer, it would reduce the equivalent pollution of 55,000 semi-trucks driving across the country or an average car driving 830 million miles – every year.

Consumers don’t like it when stores prop open their doors. Generation 180 surveyed 1,000 millennials and 62 percent think it is wasteful. In fact, 25 percent say they are less likely to shop at stores that leave their doors open with the air conditioning running.  


Keep It Cool

Generation 180 is also empowering consumers to take this message to Main Streets across America and encourage their local retailers to close their doors to stop wasting energy. They have created the Keep It Cool campaign that enables consumers to anonymously recognize shops that “Keep It Cool” with closed doors and reach out to educate retailers who are allowing energy to escape through their open doors. All you have to do is take notice of storefront doors and use your phone to send a pinned location to Generation 180 via Facebook Messenger, noting whether stores have their doors open or closed while running the air conditioning. A national map tracks all of the stores that are identified.

Cities are also starting to promote closed doors. The City of Santa Cruz, California, has partnered with Generation 180 to conduct a city-wide Keep It Cool initiative this summer. “Our local environmental advocate partners were interested in creating a local ordinance requiring stores to keep their doors closed while running heat or air conditioning but there are practical challenges to enforcing such an ordinance. The Generation 180 campaign offered a turn-key voluntary program for retailers to participate in and receive promotion for their commitment, similar to the City’s successful voluntary Green Business Program,” says Dr. Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability and Climate Action Manager for the City. “The Keep It Cool campaign enables our environmental advocate partner volunteers to educate local retailers about closing their doors and recognizes their behavior on the campaign map. We believe that this positive encouragement will be more effective than adding another law to the books.”

“The success of our retailer petition and Keep It Cool depends on consumers getting into action and sharing with their friends and social networks,” says Susan Klees, campaign director. “We encourage everyone who cares about the environment to sign our petition and join in our effort this summer – it is an easy and fun way to make a difference and breathe easier in your own community.” 

People can sign the petition, learn more and join the movement to Keep It Cool at www.keepitcool.org.  You can also follow @Gen_180 on Twitter.

About Generation 180

Generation 180 is a non-profit committed to advancing the transition to clean energy and supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness through original content, digitally enabled campaigns, and an empowered volunteer network. We believe one of the quickest and least expensive ways to cut carbon emissions at scale would be the widespread adoption of energy conservation and clean energy by individuals. This would require a cultural shift in how we think and talk about energy.  We want to help people understand the trends that are moving us toward a more energy aware lifestyle, and specific actions individuals can take to change the conversation and advance clean energy in their homes, businesses and communities. People interested in volunteering can contact [email protected]

Susan Klees
Generation 180
[email protected]

Source: GlobeNewswire (June 27, 2018 - 8:37 AM EDT)

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