Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohlâ€™s Department Stores received the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s (EPAâ€™s) Clean Air Excellence Awards Program ceremony held Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes Kohlâ€™s for environmental excellence in multiple Clean Air Excellence Award Program categories, including clean air technology, community action and transportation efficiency.
â€śInitiatives like solar power, support of clean energy sources and moving merchandise by rail are win-win -- they make sense from a business, cost and efficiency perspective and help to reduce emissions in the long-term,â€ť said Ken Bonning, Kohlâ€™s executive VP store planning and logistics.
Kohlâ€™s initiatives that contribute to clean air include a commitment to renewable energy. The chain is ranked first in retail and No. 2 overall among EPAâ€™s top green power purchasers, and 100% of its purchased electricity usage comes from renewable-energy resources through its industry-leading solar program and by purchasing renewable-energy certificates. The company also works annually to complete lighting upgrades, retrofitting more than 700 stores in 2009 with metal halide spotlights that use a third of the energy of incandescent spotlights.
In addition, all remodeled Kohlâ€™s stores receive upgraded, more energy efficient lighting fixtures that produce even more light than the old fixtures.