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.
Giant Eagle’s GetGo c-store awarded LEED Silver
Pittsburgh Giant Eagle has announced that its GetGo convenience store and gas station in Wexford, Pa., received LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council. The 1,942-sq.-ft. location opened in February 2009.
This is the company’s first LEED-certified fuel and convenience store location, and one of the first nationally. In December 2004, Giant Eagle opened the nation’s first LEED-certified supermarket, in Brunswick, Ohio, near Cleveland. Since then, Giant Eagle has also been awarded LEED certification for its Shadyside Market District and New Albany (Columbus) Giant Eagle.
“Adding a LEED-certified convenience store and fuel station to our wealth of sustainable business practices underscores Giant Eagle’s commitment to environmental responsibility,” said Giant Eagle senior VP real estate Shelly Sponholz. “It is a continuation of our work thus far, and a step toward future initiatives.”
The GetGo’s sustainable features include:
- Fresh air. Air-quality sensors constantly monitor for carbon dioxide to ensure fresh, clean air throughout the store. Air quality is improved by the use of adhesives, sealants, paints, carpeting and wood products that are low in volatile organic compounds.
- Water conservation. Parking lot landscaping has been planted with drought-tolerant vegetation that requires no irrigation.
- Greater energy savings. The store is designed to consume 21% less energy than comparable, conventionally designed supermarkets, with all of the store’s electricity produced by green energy sources.
- Uses less heating and cooling. Increased insulation and day lighting help the store save energy year round.
- Cleaner atmosphere. The store uses no-ozone-depleting refrigerants in its refrigeration and cooling systems.
- Recycling and recycled materials. A majority of construction waste, such as steel and drywall, was sent to various companies for reuse. Nearly all wood used in the site is harvested from sustainable services. All cabinetry is free of urea formaldehyde and all gypsum wallboard is made from 10% recycled materials. Nearly all food by products, such as cooking oil and trimmings, are transformed into other areas including bio-diesel fuel, animal feed and lubricants.
New green construction code debuted
Washington, D.C. The International Code Council has released the first public version of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), intended to serve as a comprehensive standard for improving the environmental performance of new and existing commercial buildings.
The code aims to reduce energy use and cut greenhouse gases from buildings, as well as to emphasize building performance. It focuses on site development and land use, indoor air quality and promotes the use of energy-efficient appliances, renewable energy systems, water resource conservation, rainwater collection and distribution systems and the recovery of greywater.
The IGCC emphasizes building performance, including features such as a requirement for building system performance verification and building owner education to ensure the best energy-efficient practices. A key feature of the new standard is a section devoted to “jurisdictional electives” that will allow customization of the code beyond its baseline provisions to address local priorities and conditions.
The code was developed in partnership with major players in the construction and buildings spheres, including the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerants and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the U.S. Green Building Council.
The IGCC is open for public comments until May 14. Comments will be incorporated into a second public version to be released this fall, and the final version is expected to be published in early 2012.
Once the code has been finalized, it will be available for municipalities to adopt as their own local and regional building codes, and can be harmonized with existing codes.