Eco-Superheroes Take Spotlight

CSP, Captain Planet Foundation recognize three eco-friendly c-store chains
PALOS VERDES, Calif. -- Attendees at the 2009 Outlook Leadership conference took time out Tuesday to honor three eco-friendly convenience store chains. The "Eco-Superhero" awards were presented through a partnership between CSP Information Group Inc. and the Captain Planet Foundation, this year's spotlighted charity for the conference held September 20-22 in Palos Verdes, Calif.

The award itself contained a rare, framed copy of the first edition of the Captain Planet comic book. The recipients are:
Kwik Trip. La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc., which has completed 335 [image-nocss] energy-efficiency projects at more than 200 locations in the past three years. Its efforts conserved enough energy to power 450 homes for a year and save the company $300,000.
Kum & Go. West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go LC, which has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification in its last two constructions. The efforts include LED cooler-door lights, sun-reflecting roofs and energy-efficient HVAC systems.
Rutter's. York, Pa.-based Rutter's Farm Stores, which incorporated green corporate initiatives into its latest store, including a white roof to reflect heat, energy management software and recycling initiatives. "In almost every issue of our magazine, there is some store that incorporates sustainability and conservation stewardship. We thought this year was an extremely appropriate year to finally recognize many of the convenience store chain leaders," said Mitch Morrison, CSP's group editor.
[Pictured (left to right): Laura Turner Seydel, chairman, Captain Planet Foundation; Scott Hartman, presidentand CEO, Rutter's; Mike Ancius, director of financeand planning, Kwik Trip; Steve Kimmes, senior vice president, Kum & Go; and Ira Blumenthal, president, Captain Planet and Co-Opportunities Inc.]
Based on the cartoon series Captain Planet& the Planeteers, the Captain Planet Foundation was founded in 1991 by Ted Turner. The mission of CPF is to support hands-on, environmental projects for children and youths in grades K-12. CPF's objective is to encourage innovative endeavors that empower today's children to be individual and collective environmental stewards. CPF is committed to making a global impact with a history ofmore than2,000 projects throughout the United States and around the world.Oak Brook, Ill.-based CSP Information Group, publisher of CSP, CSP Independent and Fare magazines, is a business-to-business communication company specializing in the convenience retailing and on-the-go food industries. In addition to its print products, CSP Information Group's other business units include the CSP Daily News e-mail newsletter, CSPNetwork CyberConferences, CSPTV, CSP Leadership Conferences & Events, Foodservice at Retail Exchange (FARE), 24-7 Connect Virtual Expo and CSP Consulting. Visit www.cspnet.com for more information.


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