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New PRSM White Paper Introduces Carbon Management Programs for Retailers

Paper includes checklist of necessary information to calculate a retailer’s carbon footprint

DALLAS, TX – May 3, 2017– The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association, (PRSM), the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management (FM), has released its white paper, Introduction to The Practice of Carbon Management for Retailers, a basic introduction to the practice of carbon management for retailers. The paper provides a background on climate change, outlines key climate related policies at an international, national and local scale, and explains the benefits of practicing carbon management. For those new to the concept, the paper also provides practical first steps retailers can take as they begin to measure and manage their climate change impact.

The PRSM White Paper highlights examples of carbon management requirements across the world – including specific requirements in the United Kingdom, European Union, Canada, Japan, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, China and South Africa.

While the United States does not have a mandatory carbon management program, there are several different local and state voluntary programs such as New York City’s Carbon Challenge. This white paper, as well as the May/June issue of PRSM Magazine, features information from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and how the City plans to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The white paper also includes the checklist, “Preparing for a Carbon Footprint,” which provides insight into the type of information Facility Managers need to calculate their company’s carbon footprint.

“Reducing carbon footprint is a major driver for retailers’ sustainability initiatives,” says Bill Yanek, CEO, PRSM. “This white paper is a great beginning for retail facility management professionals to implement carbon management programs for their own brands.” 

PRSM Association’s Resources Center provides management tools exclusively for the Retail FM and supplier community. Resources include: quarterly white papers on leading industry issues; the annual Best Practices Book that covers a wide spectrum of FM industry trades; and the Retail Facilities Benchmarking program. Other resources such as industry research-based Trends Reports, and Buyer’s Guides (print and online), the association’s bi-monthly magazine, Professional Retail Store Maintenance (print and electronic), and PRSM Weekly (a news-focused e-newsletter) help keep retail facilities managers up to date on breaking trends and industry issues.

For a full copy of the report, please contact Bruce Condit, VP-Communications and Public Affairs by emailing

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