Kohl’s hits two energy milestones
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores said Wednesday that 110 of its stores have earned the ENERGY STAR label, a symbol from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that recognizes high levels of commitment to energy efficiency and environmental protection.
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR rate in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy performance, use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and release 35% less carbon dioxide. Features of Kohl’s ENERGY STAR-labeled stores include centralized energy-management systems, occupancy sensor lighting and high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems. The company’s energy-management efforts have prevented greenhouse-gas emissions equal to the electricity use from 37,675 households for a year.
The department store also said that its new store prototype, first used in the construction of Kohl’s fall 2008 new, ground-up stores, received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initial certification at the Silver level by the United States Green Building Council. LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the greenest, most energy-efficient and high-performing buildings that also make good economic sense.
LEED ’09 to include credits for regional environmental priorities
Washington, D.C. The U.S. Green Building Council has released the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design regional credits as part of LEED 2009, the new version of the LEED Green Building Rating System. The regional LEED credits encourage that specific regional environmental priorities be addressed when it comes to the design, construction and operations of buildings in different geographic locations.
“Because environmental priorities differ among various regions of the country — the challenges in the Southeast differ from those in the Northwest, for example — regionally specific credits give LEED a way to directly respond to diverse, regionally grounded issues,” said Brendan Owens, VP technical development, USGBC. “The inclusion of these regional LEED credits is the Council’s first step toward addressing regional environmental issues.”
With the help of USGBC’s regional councils, chapters and affiliates, credits addressing six specific environmental issues within a region were identified from among the existing LEED credits.
Stater Bros. rolls out new recycling initiative
San Bernardino, Calif. Stater Bros. Markets plans to roll out a composting program to its 166 stores that will turn organic waste into compost that can be sold to area farmers.
Under the program, items such as produce trim and cull, waxed cardboard, wooden crates and paper will be loaded onto pallets and returned via the chain’s delivery trucks on a daily basis to the company’s distribution center. The recyclable material then will be loaded into a 21-ton compactor and picked up daily by Community Recycling and Resource Recovery and transported to its composting facility.
Stater Bros. said it estimates the composting program will eliminate 20,000 tons from landfill each year, which will eliminate more than 1,000 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions annually.