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IKEA in Sunrise a local leader in environmental initiatives

IKEA, located in Sunrise, provides more than reasonably priced home items. A click on IKEA Sunrise Social & Environmental Efforts link reveals a list of environmental initiatives that promotes the self stated mission, “We have decided to help create a world where we take better care of the environment, the earth’s resources, and each other. We know that sometimes we are part of the problem. So, we are working hard to become a part of the solution.”

To that end there is a never ending list that describes 77 improvements towards a more sustainable IKEA. Each of the 77 improvements are impressive. In particular is Improvement #5 called the “IKEA Goes Renewable” project that means all IKEA buildings will move toward being supplied with 100% renewable energy for electricity and heating and improve energy efficiency by 25%.

Switch on. Switch Off. Switch Over is IKEA’s most recent environmental initiative. Underway since August 1, 2010, all IKEA stores will voluntarily phase out all incandescent light bulbs with a target date of January 1, 2011 for their elimination. This is well in advance of the federal mandate requiring the same starting in 2012 and completed by 2014. IKEA will be the first US retailer to completely phase out incandescent light bulbs.

Partnering with American Forests to help reduce CO2 pollution and restore forests, IKEA will match each $1 donated per tree at the time of purchase checkout for the first 100,000 trees planted.

For every SUNNAN solar lamp sold, IKEA will donate another to UNICEF for children who otherwise would not have access to electricity after dark.  The rechargeable batteries in SUNNAN solar cell lamps provide light with energy from the sun for two years.

The IKEA global vision is to “create a better everyday life for the many.” As an active member of the community, IKEA takes great pride in partnerships  that help support neighbors in the local community where workers and customers live and work. If you are an established non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status with a local reach, and would like to be considered on their Community Relations Program, download the IKEA Sunrise Community Support Guidelines Application and complete accordingly.

Please note that applications will be taken into consideration for funding beginning January 2011.

IKEA Sunrise Community Support Guidelines Application.

About Valerie J. Amor:
As an architectural consultant, LEED AP, LEED certification reviewer, real estate broker and AIA associate, Valerie J. Amor is dynamically engaged in sustainability and issues regarding the built environment. Actively participating in several local, county and national organizations and committees focused on sustainability issues, she is also owner/principal of Drawing Conclusions and founder/president of Green Collar Connection, companies engaged in sustainable design, real estate development, green job training and research. Knowledgeable and well connected she brings you timely and thoughtful articles. Reach her at .

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Posted by Valerie J. Amor on Aug 26 2010. Filed under Broward County, Emerging Green, Environmental, Local news, Sunrise. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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