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Apr 122010

From Green Right Now Reports

Outdoor footwear and apparel company Timberland says it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent in 2009 over 2006 levels, citing improvements at its own facilities and a reduction in employee air travel.

Timberland's Earthkeeper Boot is designed to be recyclable

Timberland's Earthkeeper Boot is designed to be recyclable

The company has set a goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by the end of this year.

All new Timberland stores in North America are being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications. The company also realized energy savings by installing LED lighting in nearly all of its U.S. stores.

By the end of 2009, Timberland says, it was using nearly 12 percent renewable energy globally. The company’s Ontario, Calif., distribution center is largely solar-powered, while its Enschede, Netherlands site is 100-percent wind-powered.

Timberland also works with supply chain partners to help reduce their emissions. The company’s Green Index rating system enables product developers to choose less carbon intensive materials at the design stage and gives consumers information about the environmental footprint of the footwear.

“Timberland is committed to reducing its carbon footprint — both in our facilities and throughout the supply chain — and conducting our business in the most environmentally-responsible way,” said Betsy Blaisdell, Senior Manager for Environmental Stewardship. “In 2009, we made improvements that we are proud of and can continue to build upon.”