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Walgreens Sets Goal to Build Nation’s First Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Evanston, Ill.



  Walgreens Sets Goal to Build Nation’s First Net Zero Energy Retail Store in
  Evanston, Ill.

By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers
   anticipate the new store will produce energy equal to or greater than it
                                   consumes

Business Wire

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- March 7, 2013

Walgreens today announced plans to build what the company believes will be the
nation’s first net zero energy retail store, which engineers predict will
produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Walgreens plans to
achieve that by utilizing solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology,
energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency
refrigeration.

Walgreens announced plans to build what the company believes will be the
nation's first net zero ene ...

Walgreens announced plans to build what the company believes will be the
nation's first net zero energy retail store, which engineers predict will
produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Walgreens plans to
achieve that by utilizing solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology,
energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency
refrigeration. The store will be located in Evanston, Ill. (Photo: Business
Wire)

“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and leading the retail
industry in use of green technology,” said Thomas Connolly, Walgreens vice
president of facilities development. “We are investing in developing a
net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our
other stores. Because we operate 8,000 stores, we believe our pursuit of green
technology can have a significant positive impact on the nation’s
environment.”

The store will be located in Evanston, Ill., at the intersection of Chicago
Avenue and Keeney Street, where demolition of an existing Walgreens store now
is under way. The Chicago-area location will allow convenient access for
Walgreens engineers based at the company’s headquarters in Deerfield, Ill., to
measure the store’s performance for an entire year to determine if the store
reaches its goal of net zero energy use.

Walgreens plans to generate electricity and reduce its usage by more than 40
percent through several technologies in the store including:

  * more than 800 roof-top solar panels,
  * two wind turbines,
  * geothermal energy obtained by drilling 550-feet into the ground below the
    store, where temperatures are more constant and can be tapped to heat or
    cool the store in winter and summer,
  * LED lighting and daylight harvesting,
  * carbon dioxide refrigerant for heating, cooling and refrigeration
    equipment,
  * and energy efficient building materials.

Engineering estimates -- which can vary due to factors such as weather, store
operations and systems performance -- indicate that the store will use 200,000
kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 256,000 kilowatt hours
per year.

Over the past year, Walgreens engineers have worked with the city of Evanston
and vendors, including Trane, CREE Lighting, Acuity Lighting, Cooper Lighting,
CalStar Products, GE Lighting, Geothermal International, SoCore Energy, Wing
Power and Camburas and Theodore Architects.

“This planned building development reflects the City of Evanston’s ongoing
commitment to the constant improvement of sustainable practices in the natural
and built environment and will serve as an excellent example of how
responsible development and the environment can be harmoniously combined,”
said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “Green building is important to
Evanston as it is good for business, good for the environment, good for our
health and essential to our future. We are honored that Walgreens has chosen
our community to build the nation’s first net zero energy retail store that
will be LEED certified as well.”

Walgreens will attempt to have the store achieve LEED Platinum status, which
is the most stringent green designation by the U. S. Green Building Council,
and plans to enter the store into the International Living Future Institute’s
Living Building Challenge. The store will be Walgreens second showcase project
in the Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge. Through the Better
Buildings Challenge, Walgreens has committed to a chain wide 20 percent energy
reduction by 2020.

“Partners in the Better Buildings Challenge are leading by example, showing
firsthand how energy efficient buildings save money by saving energy,” said
David Danielson, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable
energy at the Department of Energy. “The investments made through the Better
Buildings Challenge are helping to cut energy waste while saving millions in
energy costs, creating jobs nationwide and helping to position the United
States to lead in the global economy.”

The project is the latest of many green initiatives for the company. Walgreens
currently operates two stores that have achieved a LEED certification level of
gold and certified; 150 stores utilizing solar power; a store in Oak Park,
Ill., using geothermal energy; a distribution center in Waxahachie, Texas,
that generates energy though the use of wind; and 400 locations with electric
vehicle charging stations. Walgreens stores use 25 watt fluorescent lamps
(lowest wattage in the industry), LED cooler and freezer lighting and energy
management systems in more than 5,000 locations. In addition, 15 Walgreens
distribution centers have achieved net zero waste, which means revenues from
recycling exceed waste expense.

To follow the new store’s two-year journey to achieve net zero status and the
company’s other green initiatives, visit the Net Zero Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Walgreens-Net-Zero-Community/141953242640364?fref=ts.

About PURE Walgreens

The company’s corporate sustainability program, “PURE Walgreens – For the
health and wellness of our planet,” focuses on helping customers get, stay and
live well through innovative leadership in corporate sustainability. In
support of “People Using Resources Efficiently,” PURE Walgreens programs focus
on making Walgreens a leader in resource conservation, carbon emissions
reduction and waste diversion.

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion,
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for
health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million
customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and
services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services
and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services
includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along
with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower
costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health
systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates
8,071 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and
most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and
in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the
country.

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release that are not historical are forward-looking statements made pursuant
to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Words such as "expect," "likely," "outlook," "forecast, "would,"
"could," "should," "can," "will," "project," "intend," "plan," "goal,"
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These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and
involve risks, assumptions and uncertainties, including, but not limited to,
those described in Item 1A (Risk Factors) of our most recent Annual Report on
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that we file or furnish with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should
one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying
assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those
indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you
are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements,
which speak only as of the date they are made. Except to the extent required
by law, Walgreens does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any duty or
obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement after the initial
distribution of this release, whether as a result of new information, future
events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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Contact:

Walgreens
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