In 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 were planted strategically in some of the areas that needed 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.
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.”