About the RSI
RILA helps its retail members to become sustainability leaders. Central to this effort are the Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI), the Retail Sustainability Report
, and the Retail Sustainability Conference
. Through these venues, as well as an engaging committee structure, RILA provides educational content, best practice sharing, and networking. RILA is committed to advocating for solutions that work for the environment and industry.
Retail Energy Management program
Retailers 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 Horizons: Envisioning the Future of Retail
In 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.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory reform
The 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.
Center for Retail Compliance
The Center for Retail Compliance (CRC) will be a web-based, one-stop shop for retailers and stakeholders in the industry to access solutions and information for maintaining compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. The CRC will provide a repository of useful retail-specific information, tools and solutions.
Identifying and removing conflict minerals in the consumer goods supply chain has increased in importance for the retail industry following the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) August 22, 2012 adoption of a final rule to implement Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. RILA’s Conflict Minerals Compliance Project is helping project members navigate the issue, the compliance requirements, and solutions through a combination of educational materials, implementation tools, and key partnerships.
RILA Retail Green Lease Primer
The retail leasing process can either uncover or hinder opportunities to implement energy and waste reduction practices. For two years, retailers and landlords have collaborated to define "green leasing," or leases that improve the sustainability of retail properties and reduce the costs associated with energy, water, waste, and other resource use. RILA has facilitated the development of educational tools to promote green leasing through a working group of developers and retailers.