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Kohl’s reaches 500th Energy Star store milestone

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Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores said Thursday that a hometown store has become the department store retailer’s 500th location to earn the Energy Star label from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.

The 500th store, located in Menomonee Falls, Wis., is a culmination of Kohl’s longstanding commitment to energy management. The retailer estimates that it prevented nearly $50 million in electricity costs through lighting and HVAC efficiencies and through energy-efficient building systems.

Kohl’s said that over the last four years — accounting for rate variations — it has seen energy improvements of more than 20%.

Kohl’s also announced Thursday that beginning in spring 2011, all newly constructed stores will pursue Designed to Earn the Energy Star designation, which is awarded for building designs with an estimated energy performance that meets Energy Star criteria.

Five Kohl’s stores in 2010 have already received the Designed to Earn designation.

“Reaching the milestone of our 500th Energy Star store is exciting for our company and our associates. We are building on our commitment to drive energy efficiency companywide as we continue to near our goal of being carbon neutral,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s EVP store planning and logistics. “Energy management is an ongoing effort, and Designed to Earn designation for newly constructed stores will help us continue to achieve the high environmental standards we have in place for our facilities.”

Kohl’s was named a 2010 Energy Star Partner of the Year. The retailer operates more Energy Star-labeled stores than any other department store with nearly half of its stores earning the designation.

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Piperlime named newest retail sponsor of ‘Project Runway’

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SAN FRANCISCO Gap Inc. announced that its subsidiary Piperlime is the newest retail sponsor of Lifetime’s Project Runway for season 8.

“Project Runway captures the heart of fashion lovers everywhere. We cheer on the contestants, watch the celebrity judges and are inspired by the styles,” said Jennifer Gosselin, general manager of Piperlime.  “Piperlime is excited to be part of this celebration of creativity.”

 

Gap Inc. said that Piperlime’s sponsorship of the show includes a redesign of the series’ “Accessories Wall” and the availability of items featured on the show at piperlime.com.

The new season of Project Runway debuts on Thursday, July 29th at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

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Adler to debut new collection on HSN

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. HSN has announced the exclusive on-air debut of Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler on Oct. 12. The acclaimed New York- based interior designer Jonathan Adler will launch his new collection of home decor and accessories during HSN’s Home Design Event, an annual showcase of the newest fall collections from the network’s growing roster of talented and recognizable home designers, according to the company.

“As with all my designs, Happy Chic is a versatile collection meant to be mixed and matched,” said Jonathan Adler.  “In partnering with HSN, we have created a unique series of stylishly affordable pieces that I believe will resonate with both new customers and those already familiar with my design aesthetic. There is no place chicer than HSN!”

 

Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler will include a range of products for every consumer’s home decor needs from bath, kitchen, tabletop, seating and lighting, the company reported.

“We are thrilled to offer our customers access to Jonathan’s exclusive collection. This collection highlights HSN’s unique ability to consistently bring coveted designers to our Home category,” said Nancy Caplan, SVP merchandising for HSN. “In working with one of today’s top names in interior design, I am confident this collection will appeal to HSN’s consumers and Adler devotees alike.”

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