You are here: RILA » Sustainability / Environment Sustainability / Environment Page Content PageContent2About RILA's Sustainability InitiativeRILA helps retailers become sustainability leaders through the Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI): Retail Sustainability Workgroup Retail Energy Management Program Retail Horizons ProgramResponsible & Ethical Sourcing Workgroup Environmental Compliance Program Retail Track at Sustainable Brands RILA at NAEM EHS & Sustainabilty Management Forum...providing education, sharing, and networking. Sustainability Resources Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model & WorksheetThe Model and associated Worksheet are tools for retail sustainability executives to identify the management practices that will drive improved corporate and sustainability performance. They represents the collective knowledge of many industry experts and numerous retailers.Retail Sustainability Management Resource LibraryRILA's Retail Sustainability Management Resource Library is organized around the Retail Sustainability Management Maturity Matrix. Retailers can refer to the Resource Library for specific tools, case studies, and further opportunities to help them progress the maturity of their programs.Sustainability Recognition OpportunitiesRetailer sustainability initiatives are some of the most impressive across industries. This matrix summarizes a variety of recognition opportunities available through third parties to showcase leadership in a variety of areas, ranging from operations to consumer engagement, with links to learn more.Sustainability Reporting PlatformsRetailers are sometimes asked by internal and external stakeholders to report on their sustainability efforts and accomplishments. This matrix provides an initial overview of the platforms most often used and referenced in the industry, with links to learn more.Retail Horizons: Envisioning the Future of RetailIn 2013, RILA began to research significant changes that are affecting the retail industry. We found that five “pressures” are driving the industry to significantly change-–and those changes are likely to accelerate in the future. To respond, RSI led work groups throughout 2014 to discuss how to integrate sustainability into the future of retail.Retail Sustainability ReportThis biennial report details the industry’s adoption of various sustainability practices, as identified in the Retail Sustainability Management Leadership Model. It summarizes retailers' current progress along the Leadership Model and provides access to past reports.Conflict MineralsIdentifying and removing conflict minerals in the consumer goods supply chain has increased in importance for the retail industry. RILA’s Conflict Minerals Compliance Project is helping project members navigate the issue, the compliance requirements, and solutions through educational materials, implementation tools, and key partnerships.2012 Retail Employee Engagement for Sustainability ReportAs sustainability programs become mainstream in retail, companies have become increasingly aware that lasting improvement requires a workforce that is engaged for sustainability. This report seeks to provide a comprehensive look at employee engagement activities across the retail industry.2011 Product Supplier Engagement ReportIn an effort to be strategic and proactive, retailers are developing infrastructures that promote continuous improvement in product supply chain costs, risks, safety, quality, and innovation. This report documents the retailer programs and trends for engaging product suppliers on sustainability. PageContent3 Upcoming Events Sustainability Committee MeetingFebruary 11-12, 2019, Austin, TXEnvironmental Compliance Committee MeetingFebruary 11-12, 2019, Austin, TX Waste Reduction Resources lululemon Polybag Case StudyClothing retailers generate store waste from protective packaging materials like polybags, but not all shopping centers offer recycling programs that accept them. After a one-month pilot, Caroline Colt, Assistant Store Manager of a lululemon store in Boulder, Colorado, successfully implemented a ground-up polybag recycling program. Energy Management Resources Retail Energy Management programRetailers have a significant opportunity to reduce the energy consumption and associated greenhouse gases of their vast portfolio of locations, to the benefit of both companies and the environment. RILA is committed to helping its members overcome barriers to enhanced energy performance across their building portfolio through this new program.Retail Energy Management Leadership ModelThe Leadership Model is a tool to help retail energy managers optimize their energy programs. Retailers can use it first to baseline the maturity of their program and then to identify the highest leverage opportunities for improvement.Retail Energy Management Resource LibraryRILA's Resource Library identifies specific tools, case studies, and further opportunities to help them progress the maturity of their programs; and is organized around the Maturity Matrix.2017 Retail Energy Management ReportThis report details the industry’s adoption of various energy management practices. Specifically, RILA asked the largest retail companies about their teams and operations, as well as the level of maturity at which their companies operate along twenty-three dimensions of energy management.Retail Green Lease PrimerThe retail leasing process can either uncover or hinder opportunities to implement energy and waste reduction practices. RILA has facilitated the development of educational tools to promote green leasing through a working group of developers and retailers. Retail Sustainability News Tweets by @RetailSust Environmental Compliance Resources Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory reformThe recent collision between the retail world, consumer products, and RCRA enforcement has demonstrated the need for greater clarity, assistance, and cooperation between retailers, manufacturers, and regulators. RILA's Environmental Compliance Committee is focused on assisting retailers to comply with RCRA and engage EPA and state agencies for reform.Additional ResourcesLooking for more tools and resources to help advance your sustainability and energy goals? The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) is now your one-stop shop. While RILA will continue to house information as part of the Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI), the CRC will now act as a full resource library for all things sustainability, energy, and environmental compliance for retailers. To learn more and access these tools please visit the CRC site.