Would you like green up your store, but are short on ideas? Well, when in need, look to the veterans — L. L. Bean, for instance. Take a look at what the Maine retailer has done with its store in Burlington, Mass. Perhaps one or two of these innovations will work at your store.
Lighting is wired into a time clock that illuminates — or not — in response to the sun. Taking advantage of daylight reduces electricity consumption.
Most of the store’s equipment and appliances carry the Energy Star rating for energy-efficiency.
Bathrooms feature waterless urinals and ultra low-flow toilets.
The Douglas fir panels on the sales floor walls are re-milled wooden school bleacher seats. Flooring and bicycle shop counters are made of rapidly renewable bamboo.
Clearly, these aren’t things a small retailer can do all at once, but they are worth considering as you replace store fixtures, appliances and plumbing.