Walgreens is GE Lighting’s Retailer of the Year

East Cleveland, Ohio -- Walgreens received GE Lighting’s Retailer of the Year award in recognition of the drugstore chain’s transition from F28 to F25 linear fluorescent lamps, a strategic move that enabled the company to achieve a 9% energy savings while also extending its re-lamp cycle — how frequently it changes bulbs — by 10%. The award was presented at GE’s third annual LED & Energy Efficient Lighting Trends for Retail conference, held at the lighting unit’s headquarters in East Cleveland, Ohio.

At the end of 2011, Walgreens will have more stores than any GE customer in the world using F25 linear fluorescent lamps.

“We’re pleased to receive this honor from such a long-standing and valued business partner,” said Walgreens divisional VP of facilities management Tim Schmid. “Together with GE, we’ve made unprecedented use of more efficient lighting systems that also enhance the shopping experience in our stores with a cleaner, brighter look. This is just one example of our overall sustainability commitment aimed at maximizing the use of human, capital and natural resources to positively impact the communities we serve.”