(BPT) – Have you ever been taken aback when businesses leave their doors open while running the air conditioning during the hottest months of the year? You’re not alone.
Such carelessness can hugely impact the environment, with the average store culprit in the U.S. wasting some 4,200 kWh of energy and releasing 2.2 tons of pollutants such as carbon dioxide into the environment each summer. That’s the same amount emitted by a diesel semi-truck driving from New York to Miami.
To remind retailers and others to be mindful during the busy back-to-school shopping season, clean-energy nonprofit Generation 180 is asking environmentally conscious consumers to take action. Through the Keep It Cool campaign, you can easily and anonymously urge stores to keep their doors closed and reduce pollution in your own community.
Make a difference
Participating in Keep It Cool is simple: Just use Facebook Messenger on your smartphone to send a pinned store location to Generation 180 (read directions here or watch this video) noting whether the store has its doors open or closed. The nonprofit will then reach out to the stores to recognize those that ‘keep it cool’ with their doors closed and educate those who are allowing energy to escape. A national campaign map tracks all the stores identified by consumers with doors open or closed.
Consumers support this change. According to a nationally representative survey of 1,500 millennials, 62 percent think that this practice is wasteful, and up to 25 percent are…
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