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Powell's is no stranger to green initiativesPowell's is no stranger to green initiatives, if you'll allow us to toot our own horn for a moment. In 2008 we mounted solar panels on our Powells.com warehouse — 100 kilowatts worth, one of the biggest installations in Oregon. Our delivery trucks run on biodiesel, and since 2007 we've purchased clean wind power, offsetting 165,000 pounds of CO2 each year. Employees even get subsidies for alternative transportation in the form of discounted public transit passes and an annual bicycle maintenance credit.

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