Safeway Foundation Supports the Go Green Initiative’s Program to Educate Youth on Energy and its Impact on Food Production

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Safeway Foundation and the Go Green Initiative Partner to Provide Web 2.0 Energy Education at No Cost to Schools Worldwide. The energy education program will be free and available online to all schools, and will be specifically targeted to kindergarten through twelfth grade. Teachers and students will be able to watch videos on YouTube; download free, grade-appropriate activity guides from the Go Green Initiative website; and sign up for interactive video conferences with subject matter experts in the energy field.

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This program will help students understand the critical role energy plays in food production, delivery of clean drinking water, healthcare, and every other vital community need.

Jill Buck, Founder & CEO, Go Green Initiative

The Safeway Foundation will provide ten thousand dollars toward the completion of a Web 2.0 energy education program created by the Go Green Initiative, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California. The energy education program will be free and available online to all schools, and will be specifically targeted to kindergarten through twelfth grade. Teachers and students will be able to watch videos on YouTube; download free, grade-appropriate activity guides from the Go Green Initiative website; and sign up for interactive video conferences with subject matter experts in the energy field.

“This program will help students understand the critical role energy plays in food production, delivery of clean drinking water, healthcare, and every other vital community need,” says Jill Buck, founder and CEO of the Go Green Initiative. “The program will also teach them how to measure their school’s energy use, and ways to become more energy efficient. The upshot will be schools saving money on their utility bills, and communities saving energy during peak load times.”

About the Go Green Initiative (GGI):
The Go Green Initiative is the global leader in fully comprehensive environmental action plans for schools, businesses, organizations and homes. By promoting environmental stewardship on campuses from preschools through universities, the GGI works to involve families, businesses and local governments in the common goal of protecting human health through environmental stewardship. Since its inception in July 2002, the Go Green Initiative has been endorsed by the National School Boards Association, National Recycling Coalition, adopted by nine State PTA Boards, implemented in all 50 U.S. states, 73 countries and on 5 continents. The Go Green Initiative has kept more than ten million pounds of recyclables out of the world’s landfills, conserved 25.7 million gallons of water; reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 3,800 metric tons; conserved 34,500 barrels of oil; and saved over 67 billion BTUs of energy. These accomplishments were achieved voluntarily, with no mandates or legislation, showing that “going green” is practical and simply makes sense. There are currently over 2.5 million students and teachers in registered Go Green schools.

More information is available online at http://www.GoGreenInitiative.org.

About Safeway
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales. The company operates 1,678 stores in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion in 2011.

About Safeway Foundation
The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers' lives. Our stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through our employees' passion, partnerships with our vendors, and the generous contributions by our customers. We focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities.

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