Kohl’s honored by EPA for reducing greenhouse gas emissions
New York — Kohl’s Department Stores was honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to reduce emissions linked to climate change. The retailer was recognized with EPA’s Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement) Award for reducing carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency in its stores and buying renewable energy and installing solar panels.
In 2009, Kohl’s established an absolute GHG reduction goal under EPA’s former Climate Leaders program to reduce its emissions by 100% each year from 2010 to 2012.
“To meet its goal, Kohl’s carried out a variety of GHG [greenhouse gas] reduction activities, including upgrading its stores’ lighting to lower-wattage and longer-lasting technologies and utilizing a centralized energy management system to help control, standardize, and eliminate energy waste,” the EPA stated. “Kohl’s also purchased renewable energy and carbon offsets each year of the goal period.”
Kohl’s was also honored for setting a new goal to reduce 100% of its absolute GHG emissions from its U.S. operations from 2013 to 2015.
“To help meet its new GHG target, Kohl’s will deploy new energy efficiency technologies throughout its stores including building controls, lighting, lamps, and HVAC innovation,” the EPA stated.
The retailer will continue to support renewable energy technologies through both on-site generation of solar and wind energy and the purchase of renewable energy
Kohl’s has been recognized with numerous EPA Energy Star and Green Power Leadership Awards during the past several years.
Schimenti Construction building Aritzia store in The Westchester
Ridgefield, Conn. — Schimenti Construction Company is in the midst of building its first project for Canadian fashion apparel retailer Aritzia. Located at The Westchester in White Plains, New York, the new Aritzia store is a 5,520-sq.-ft new build-out in a premier shopping location.
Aritzia’s stores are all designed individually, with no two looking the same, but each has a sophisticated lounge-like atmosphere that boasts high-quality natural materials and luxurious finishes.
The Westchester Aritzia will feature a polished concrete floor and a custom storefront system now being fabricated in Vancouver, B.C. The storefront is a new design and it is the first time being used in the United States. The $1.3 million store is slated for completion by the end of May.
Aritzia, based in Canada, has locations in New York City on Fifth Avenue and in SOHO, as well as in New Jersey at Paramus and the Short Hills Mall. The company operates more than 60 locations in Canada and the United States.
Ceelite unveils Illumastrip LED product line
Villanova, Pa. — Ceelite Technologies has introduced a new LED product line it calls Illumastrip, which serves as an alternative to LED tubes and fluorescent tubes for standard fixtures such as strips, vapor tights and troffers.
The new Illumstrip products can be installed in existing or new fixtures, and reduce energy by 50%-75% with an ROI of under three years, according to the company.
Typical Illumstrip retrofits include corridors, stairwells, back office and parkinggarages. The products come in standard or high-output options, three CCT choices and are available in various sizes for standard fixture lengths and widths.
“We’ve put a lot of effort in answering customer needs in key areas like heat management, fragility and ease of installation, all of which contribute to cost savings through lower energy usage and labor,” said Jerry Frazee president and COO of CeeLite Technologies.