Menomonee Falls, Wis. -- Kohl’s Department Stores will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a recipient of the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency initiatives.
The 2013 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. Award recipients have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program. Kohl’s also received a Sustained Excellence Award in 2012 and Partner of the Year Awards in 2011 and 2010.
“As a major retailer with stores and corporate facilities nationwide, it is our responsibility to carefully manage our use of resources and strive to reduce our carbon footprint,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “Our partnership with Energy Star has been instrumental in providing tools to assess the performance of our buildings, set strategy and develop action plans.”
Since joining the program in 1998, Kohl’s has been able to Energy Star-certify nearly two-thirds of its stores, which translates to both cost savings and more efficient operations, Worthington added.
Kohl’s uses the Energy Star portfolio manager to track energy performance of all facilities, assess opportunities for enhanced energy performance and implement best practices. To date, the company has more than 750 Energy Star-certified locations and constructs all new Kohl’s stores with the intent to pursue the program’s “Designed to Earn” designation. These stores are eligible to earn Energy Star certification after maintaining superior energy performance for one year in operation. (According to EPA, on average, commercial buildings that earn Energy Star certification use 35% less energy and generate one-third less carbon dioxide than similar buildings.)
In 2012, Kohl’s furthered its commitment to energy efficiency and the use and support of renewable energy through initiatives including: