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Don’t Miss Out! Register today for SPECS (March 17 -20, Dallas)

BY CSA STAFF

New York — Network with peers from leading retail and restaurant companies at SPECS, the industry’s premier store development and facilities event.

Produced by Chain Store Age, the 49th annual SPECS conference will be held March 17-20, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas.

Click here to register.

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Office Depot HQ earns EPA’s Energy Star certification for second consecutive year

BY Marianne Wilson

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot announced that the company’s global headquarters, located in Boca Raton, Fla., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for the second consecutive year. The certification signifies the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

"As part of Office Depot’s commitment to be greener, we continue to invest in energy efficiency,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, senior director of environmental strategy for Office Depot. "By pursuing EPA’s Energy Star as well as the LEED Gold certification we already have at our headquarters, we further demonstrate our commitment to third party verification of environmental claims.”

Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Energy-saving actions that Office Depot took to earn the Energy Star certification at its headquarters included:

  • Changing 15,000 lights from 32 watt T5 lamps to more efficient 27 watt T5 lamps for the building interior;
  • Changing parking garage lamps from 150-watt metal-halide to 42-Watt fluorescents;
  • Reducing the number of lamps on during the daylight hours by 70%; and
  • Reducing standard building operating hours from 66 hours to 60 hours per week.

By using some of the savings enabled by these measures, Office Depot purchased sufficient Renewable Energy Credits to establish its global headquarters as Carbon Neutral for 2012. In addition, Office Depot was recently recognized as an Energy Star Leader for 2012, having become the first large retailer in the United States to achieve a verified portfolio-wide energy reduction of over 30% (compared to 2004).

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Walmart ups solar in Ohio

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Columbus, Ohio — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it has worked with SolarCity to install solar panels on 12 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout Ohio.

The solar panel installations will add approximately 6,000,000 kWh of generation production – enough energy to power more than 820 homes – and are expected to supply approximately 5%-20% of each store’s overall electricity use.

"We are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy resources, including solar panels, at our stores in Ohio and throughout the country," said David Ozment, Walmart senior director of energy.

The Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs receiving solar power systems are located in Mason, Xenia, Greenville, Austintown, Middletown, Franklin, Youngstown, Toledo, Milford, Loveland, and two systems in Cincinnati.

Walmart has an aspirational goal is to be powered 100% by renewable energy.

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