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J.C. Penney sets goal to reduce energy use 20% by 2015

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Plano, Texas J. C. Penney Co. announced an environmental goal to reduce facility energy consumption 20% per gross square foot by 2015 through increasing energy-efficiency improvements and driving a company culture that advocates and practices conservation.

Over the past decade, the company said it has invested more than $130 million to improve the energy efficiency of its existing stores and logistics centers by installing advanced metering technology, building control systems, lighting retrofits and high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

In 2009 alone, these combined efforts resulted in a year-over-year elimination of approximately 80 million lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use across comparable stores.

The company has taken an inclusive hands-on approach to addressing the company’s environmental impact. In 2004, J.C. Penney launched an associate awareness and engagement program, now referred to as EMPowered, which encourages and educates every associate to seek out innovative ways to save energy.

Associates are regarded as environmental stewards who are actively involved in helping to reduce the company’s overall emissions by curtailing unnecessary energy usage. Through EMPowered, J.C. Penney stores designate an “Energy Captain” who takes responsibility for monitoring energy-usage levels, identifying opportunities for improvement and promoting energy-saving efforts throughout the facility. J.C. Penney logistics centers employ similar initiatives using associate-based “Green Teams.”

“To become a more sustainable business, we needed to involve our 150,000 associates whose individual actions and habits can have a profound effect in achieving energy conservation every day,” said Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney. “A true commitment to environmental progress begins with an organization that is willing to take the necessary steps toward a cleaner environment.”

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Toys’R’Us raises $4.5 million for children’s charity

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WAYNE, N.J. On April 29, Toys”R”Us was joined by leaders from the toy and baby products industries to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala in New York City. According to the company, the event raised nearly $4.5 million for the charity. The Gala’s 25th anniversary milestone event was hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian Martin Short, and featured a performance by five-time GRAMMY award-winner Faith Hill.

Additionally, Gala attendees pledged nearly $140,000 to support the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.

“In 1985, our company first gathered friends from the toy and baby products industries with a simple goal of giving back to children who need help most.  Last night’s Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala marked the 25th anniversary of what has become a beloved tradition in our industry and a celebration of how much we love kids,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys“R”Us. “Thanks, in part, to the generosity of our business partners throughout the years, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund donates millions of dollars each year to programs that keep children safe and help them in times of need.” 

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Kohl’s gets more green accolades

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores announced that it has received the inaugural Gold Edison Green Award at the annual Edison Awards Gala held on April 29 in New York City. The Edison Awards, associated with the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison. Kohl’s receipt of the Edison Green Award recognizes the company’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions and green business models in an effort to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

“Kohl’s is honored to be recognized by its peers for our ongoing efforts to improve our shared environment,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s EVP store planning and logistics. “By engaging associates, partners and members of the community, Kohl’s continues to operate our business with a commitment to environmental responsibility. From partnering in green building pilot programs to supporting renewable energy initiatives, we’re focused on long-term solutions that help protect the Earth’s resources.”

The Edison Awards, a peer-review honor, are voted on by roughly 2,000 members of the not-for-profit Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), America’s top executives and academics. Edison Awards are judged on marketplace innovation, marketplace success, technological innovation, market structure innovation, societal impact and design innovation.

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