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Our planet is where we play, and we are committed to protecting and preserving it. We are moving toward a lower-carbon and climate-resilient future by operating in an environmentally responsible manner, with programs that use more renewable energy, increase resource efficiency, reduce waste, and conserve natural resources.


We have been working to minimize our environmental footprint and integrate sustainable business practices throughout our Customer Service Support Center, stores, and distribution centers. To keep us accountable, we’ve set the following goals in the last two years:

Eliminate single-use, point-of-sale plastic bags in all stores by 2025.
30 %
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for DICK’S operations by 30% by 2030 (versus 2016 baseline).

Climate Impact

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As we work to track and manage our GHG emissions, our priority is reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions where we have the greatest control and, thus, the most direct ability to drive change, and reach our emissions reduction goal. We are currently working to create a baseline Scope 3 emissions, which includes emissions outside our direct control. See more on our climate impact on pages 63-64 of our 2021 Purpose Playbook.


In 2021, we continued to retrofit stores with LED fixtures, in efforts to reduce our store energy intensity. We completed over 400 projects across more than 300 stores, resulting in a 10% reduction in energy consumption in these stores compared to 2019. Currently, 95% of our stores use energy management systems to aid in managing and reducing energy consumption. Through our LED retrofit program and energy-saving initiatives, we have reduced our stores' energy intensity by nearly 27% in 2021 compared to 2016, despite increasing our store footprint by 7%.

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Climate change is not a challenge that one company can solve alone. It will take industries collaborating to make the greatest impact. At DICK’S, we are committed to using our voice to advocate and work with others on climate issues. We collaborate and are members of:

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By the end of 2021, we had converted 26% of our stores from single-use plastic to paper, and every new store opened in 2021 only uses FSC-certified, 100% recyclable paper bags at checkout. We continue to explore alternative, innovative solutions to single-use bags through industry collaboration in our work with Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag.

Internally, we are focused on increasing our waste diversion rate while our business grows through reducing our trash streams, ongoing recycling efforts, and teammate education on best practice recycling methods.

Supporting Conservation and Access for All

Established in 2021 as a program of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, The Public Lands Fund provides grants to local and national non-profit organizations that protect and maintain public lands, break down the barriers of access to outdoor experiences, and improve access and equity in the outdoors.

For information on grants dedicated to making public lands more inclusive and accessible, please visit the Public Lands website.

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