IRVING, Texas, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In approximately one year, 7-Eleven, Inc. and its customers have planted 100,000 trees and offset 32,448 metric tons in carbon emissions through the RENEW™ reduced emissions fuel program. That is the equivalent of powering 1.6 million homes for a whole day with no environmental impact.
The RENEW program partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to ensure trees are planted strategically in some of the areas that need them most, including reforestation projects for national parks impacted by forest fires. Since the launch of the program in September 2017, 7-Eleven RENEW, collaborating with the Arbor Day Foundation, has reached its goal of planting 100,000 trees.
The RENEW reduced emissions program is a collaboration between 7-Eleven and GreenPrint, a company that promotes sustainability through the retail gasoline, fleet and consumer product industries.
A total of 934 7-Eleven® locations offer the RENEW program in Northern California, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Vancouver, B.C. Click here to locate a 7-Eleven store offering the RENEW program near you.
Customers can reduce their emissions by purchasing the same high-quality fuel they have always pumped at 7-Eleven stores. GreenPrint calculates tailpipe emissions from gasoline sales to determine the amount to invest in certified carbon reduction projects. The goal is to help offset carbon emissions in the atmosphere by up to 30 percent, while supporting local nonprofit organizations and planting trees together with the Arbor Day Foundation.
"We've expanded our sustainability footprint as it is important to our communities, customers and organization," said 7-Eleven Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Tanco. "In 2019, we look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on the local communities in which we operate by further growing the RENEW program."
For every gallon of gas purchased in the 7-Eleven RENEW program, an investment is made in reforestation, green-scape projects, wildlife protection and renewable energy projects designed to help reduce tailpipe emissions. The local, regional and global certified carbon reduction projects are designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The RENEW program helps to fund more than a dozen sustainability projects.
"7-Eleven and their RENEW reduced emissions fuel program are an example of how to do the right thing in business and the communities you serve," said Dan Lambe, President at the Arbor Day Foundation. "Through this collaboration, thousands will benefit from the positive environmental impact that 100,000 trees have on a community for many years."
7-Eleven's Plant it ForwardSM program enables customers and local community members to take part in 7-Eleven's planting initiative by dedicating a tree to family or friends.
"It is exceptional to see an organization, such as 7-Eleven, that consistently listens to its customers' ambitions and provides them with the resources they are looking for to fulfill them," said Pete Davis, founder and CEO of GreenPrint. "With the RENEW program, 7-Eleven is able to help customers achieve their desire to help the environment and make their community a better place."
To locate a 7-Eleven store offering the RENEW program near you, visit: https://www.7-elevenrenew.com/locator.
About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 67,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7-Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7-Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Founded by a team of loyalty and rewards experts, GreenPrint created the first reduced emissions programs for fuel which is licensed to convenience store chains, energy companies, and corporate fleets – enabling them to sell, or fill up with, more environmentally friendly fuel. Today the company reduces emissions on almost 360 million gallons annually across hundreds of retail locations and 100,000 corporate and municipal fleets in 12 countries.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters and valued partners. Since 1972, more than 300 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.
As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
SOURCE 7-Eleven, Inc.