Bath & Body Works headquarters awarded LEED Silver
Columbus, Ohio Limited Brands’ Bath & Body Works headquarters and distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification via the Existing Building; Operations and Maintenance designation. It is the first Limited Brands facility to earn LEED certification.
A Silver certification verifies that Limited Brands has gone above and beyond the limits required for certification including: achieve significant improvements in energy efficiency and water use; develop and implement programs to dramatically reduce waste to landfill; encourage and facilitate sustainable purchasing; and improve the indoor environmental quality of the building.
The building housing the Bath & Body Works headquarters was constructed in 1997 and features 150,991 sq. ft. of office space and 547,010 sq. ft. of distribution space. Its green design and operating features include storm water management; reduced site disturbance; light pollution reduction; water and plumbing efficiency; ozone protection; energy efficiency; emissions reduction; sustainable purchasing; solid waste management (recycling); indoor air quality; and green cleaning.
The retailer is expected to save approximately $140,000 a year as a result of the energy and water-efficiency upgrades, according to Environmental Leader. The reported said the measures undertaken to reduce energy use included:
- The use of power-management software to turn off PCs after hours;
- Reduction of hot-water heating set points to manufacturer-recommended minimums;
- Incandescent lamps replaced with compact fluorescents;
- Replacement of seals in loading dock doors; and
- Review of HVAC schedules and set points to ensure minimum settings per ASHRAE standards.
In addition, energy-efficiency training is performed with building managers on a monthly basis on energy waste.
Kohl’s honored by EPA for commitment to reducing waste
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores has received a Gold Achievement Award for Green Purchasing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise Partnership. The award recognizes the company’s purchase and use of recycled and environmentally responsible materials throughout its operations.
“We aim to make environmentally responsible choices when it comes to the materials we use, how we use them and how we transport them,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics. While waste reduction initiatives like our recycling program and shipping efficiencies are beneficial for our business, we’re inspired by their positive, long-term environmental benefit.”
Kohl’s has been an active member of EPA’s WasteWise Partnership since January 2007. EPA launched WasteWise in January 1994 as a voluntary partnership program designed to help organizations implement practical methods for reducing municipal solid waste. The program has more than 2,000 partners nationwide and focuses on three elements of waste reduction — waste prevention, recycling and buying or manufacturing recycled content products.
Kohl’s ongoing efforts include:
- Recycling: In 2009, Kohl’s recycled more than 100,000 tons of plastic, cardboard and hangers. Kohl’s locations recycle all plastic, hangers, office paper, cans, glass and cardboard. As of 2009, all wage statements are Web-based, and nearly all ink cartridges used at the corporate office are remanufactured.
- Use of supplies with recycled content: Gift boxes and restroom papers found at Kohl’s are made from 100% recycled content. In addition, paper used for advertising circulars has more than 20% recycled content and is sourced from 100% certified forests.
- Partnership with vendors: Kohl’s has asked vendors to reduce the amount of packaging used to ship merchandise to Kohl’s stores. Items that require plastic protection are shipped in recyclable polyethylene bags. Kohl’s has also asked vendors to eliminate non-recyclable packaging.
- Shipping efficiency: Kohl’s teams work to increase the number of units shipped per carton and to ensure cartons are appropriately sized for shipments.
- Use of recycled material at new stores: At new Kohl’s stores that are built from the ground up, an estimated 20% of building materials, as measured by cost, are recycled.
- Use and support of green energy sources: Kohl’s has purchased enough green power in the forms of renewable energy credits and on-site solar generation to meet 100% of its purchased electricity. A 2009 EPA Green Power Partner of the Year and 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year, Kohl’s is the largest retail host of solar power in North America with 81 solar locations nationwide.
- Getting shoppers in on the act: While Kohl’s merchandise bags are made from 20% to 35% recycled plastic, Kohl’s introduced reusable shopping bags in 2008 to encourage shoppers to reduce the number of bags used. Shoppers are also encouraged to bring plastic bags to any Kohl’s nationwide for recycling.
J.C. Penney receives 2010 Energy Star Award for sustained excellence
Plano, Texas The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded J.C. Penney Co. with a 2010 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting environmental resources through energy efficiency.
This is the company’s second time to win the prestigious Sustained Excellence Award since receiving the Energy Star Partner of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008. J.C. Penney is credited with being the first national retailer to achieve sustained excellence for its comprehensive “hands-on” approach to energy management. Last year, the company invested more than $10 million to install advanced meter technology, lighting retrofits and high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in stores across the country with nine locations utilizing solar power.
In addition, J.C. Penney has adopted an enterprise-wide culture of energy stewardship that encourages every associate to seek innovative ways to save energy.
“We believe everyone has a responsibility to minimize their impact on the environment,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney. “This award is a testament to our associates who demonstrate each day how their individual actions and habits can have a profound effect in achieving energy conservation.”
Currently, 96 J.C. Penney stores and the J.C. Penney Home Office in Plano, Texas, have qualified for the Energy Star Building Label. The company expects to expand the number of Energy Star certifications to 200 stores by the end of 2010.