Lamey-Wellehan understands that everyone must make choices with the future in mind. For us to live sustainably, resources must not be used at a rate faster than they can be replenished.There is now clear scientific evidence that humanity is living unsustainably, and that an unprecedented collective effort is needed to return human use of natural resources to within sustainable limits.
Sustainability and Lamey-Wellehan
Lamey-Wellehan has worked on sustainability for many years. Here is an overview of our sustainability timeline:
- Our company began a recycling program in 1993, and has since recycled over 90% of all the material that comes into our stores.
- In 1994 we was awarded the Governor’s Waste Management Award in recognition of their efforts.
- In 1995 a new store in Falmouth was opened, and that store was the company’s first effort at intense recycling. Projects included a sign that had been reclaimed
- and updated, recycled content carpeting was selected, furniture was reupholstered and fixtures re-finished.
- In 2003 Lamey-Wellehan joined the Governor’s Carbon Challenge, and has worked hard at:
- Changing light fixtures and using programmable thermostats
- Stretching the temperature comfort range to 68 winter and 73 summer
- Finding insulation spots
- Putting in freight entrance vinyl screens
- Moving the company cars to hybrid designs
- Tracking all carbon emissions.
- In 2006, the company switched to bio-degradable, vegetable-based plastic shopping bags and in 2015 we eliminated bags altogether.
- With the opening of our new Falmouth location in 2016, we completed the last major component of our store enhancement program. All new store constructions have been insulated with an R-40 roof and R-20 walls. Also, efficient LED light fixtures are used along with occupancy sensors to help reduce waste. The carpeting is 70% recycled and the squares will be themselves recycled when replaced. Almost all the store cubes, chairs and tables are refurbished from older units, as was most of the stockroom shelving. When new stockroom shelving had to be purchased for our new stores, they came from a sustainably managed forest in New Hampshire.
- Jim and his wife Kathy Wellehan were honored with the Natural Resources Council of Maine 2014 Conservation Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award for demonstrating that what is good for the environment is good for business.
Recently Lamey-Wellehan was again recognized by the State of Maine for our achievements, and, despite two very cold winters, has reduced carbon emissions from 2003 to 2009 by some 23%. The company’s stated goal is a 50% reduction by 2020, so the plans are in place to accelerate the pace.
Sustainability for our Community
Cool Communities: The company has taken a leadership role in our communities, and introduced Cool Communities to both Lewiston and Auburn, and helped develop the effort on a state wide basis. For this effort, Jim Wellehan was awarded the Sierra Club Business Leader of the Year in 2007. In this process, he has given lectures at various conferences on energy reduction.
The Maine Difference: Uniquely, Lamey-Wellehan has provided a four year scholarship (The Maine Difference Scholarship) for a young Maine person committed to Maine’s economy or ecology.
Sustainability for other Companies
On the Federal level, the company participated with EERE, a program to provide leadership and direction in retail energy matters, and Jim Wellehan is excited to participate in this very worthwhile activity.
Sustainability for YOU
Lamey-Wellehan encourages all individuals and companies to make choices that will help insure a future for generations to come. Even little efforts will help!Very easy things people can do include:
- Ride a bike instead of driving
- Recycling or reusing whenever possible
- Turn off unnecessary lights
- Keep the thermostat low in the winter and high in the summer
All of these actions can help reduce our environmental footprint. When shopping at Lamey-Wellehan, your purchases won’t be put in a bag as we have eliminated them. About 100 billion bags get thrown away in the US each year so we are asking our guests to bring in their own bags for reuse. We urge you to bring your reusable bags with you wherever you shop. Our company took the money we have saved by not purchasing bags and funded a college scholarship for Maine students called The Maine Difference Scholarship.