New York City Kohlâ€™s Department Stores tops the most recent quarterly ranking by the Environmental Protection Agency of green power purchases by retailers. Kohlâ€™s, which more than doubled its green power purchase, also secured a top spot (No. 3) on the National Top 50 list, where Intel Corp. and PepsiCo. secured the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.
EPAâ€™s National Top Partner lists highlight EPA Green Power Partners that have completed the largest annual voluntary green power purchases through April 7.
In 2009, Kohlâ€™s purchased more than 600 million kilowatt-hours of green power through renewable energy credits in such areas as solar, wind and landfill gas. This is more than double Kohlâ€™s previous green power commitment and enough to meet 50% of the companyâ€™s purchased electricity use.
According to the EPA, Kohlâ€™s green power purchase of 600 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding carbon-dioxide emissions from more than 79,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 60,000 average American homes annually.
â€śKohlâ€™s recognizes the significant value of green power for our business, our customers and the environment,â€ť said Ken Bonning, executive VP store planning and logistics, Kohlâ€™s, Menomonee Falls, Wis. â€śPurchasing renewable energy credits not only helps Kohlâ€™s work toward the goal of reducing our carbon footprint, it also helps fund additional renewable energy projects that will have a positive impact on our communities far into the future.â€ť
A member of EPAâ€™s Green Power Partnership since 2006, Kohlâ€™s purchases green power in support of the Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge -- an EPA program challenging Fortune 500 companies to collectively exceed 10 billion kWh of green power purchasing by the end of 2009. Kohlâ€™s most recent green power purchase also qualifies the company for EPAâ€™s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPAâ€™s minimum purchase requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must purchase 10 times the Partnershipâ€™s minimum requirement organization-wide. Kohlâ€™s was also honored by EPA in both 2008 and 2007 with the Green Power Leadership Award.
For more information on the Top 50 list of green power purchasers, visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top50.htm. For more information on Kohlâ€™s green initiatives to go to www.kohlsgreenscene.com.