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.
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.