NRDC to add solar panels to three New Jersey shopping centers
Purchase, N.Y. National Realty & Development Corp. said Tuesday it plans to add solar panels to the roofs of three New Jersey shopping centers, a significant step toward reducing energy consumption and lower operating costs for their tenants, the shopping center owner and developer said.
NRDC has entered into a purchase agreement with Solaire Energy Systems, a San Diego, Calif.-based developer of clean energy.
Walmart Plaza in Clinton, N.J., Kohl’s Plaza in Holmdel, N.J., and CooperTowne Center in Somerdale, N.J., will receive these new upgrades the first part of 2011.
“National Realty & Development strives to be at the forefront with its sustainable building practices and is excited about our plans to use this renewable energy,” said John Orrico, president of NRDC. “The addition of solar energy will prove to be beneficial to our tenants and the community in which these shopping centers operate. Tenants will see a reduction in utility costs and a beneficial impact on the environment.”
Sears and J.C. Penney among top finishers in EPA energy competition
New York City A Sears store in Glen Burnie, Md., and a J.C. Penney store in Orange, Calif., took second and third place respectively in the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever National Building Competition. Top finisher: A dorm at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The competition challenged teams from buildings across the country to see which commercial building could trim its energy use the most over 24 months. The EPA required utility-bill statements for verification of the energy loss.
Sears reduced energy use in its Glen Burnie location by 31.7%, generating $45,612 savings in energy bills. In addition, the store’s carbon footprint was reduced by more than 272 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The J.C. Penney store achieved an energy reduction of 28.4%. It is part of a group of 63 J.C. Penney store that participate in the chain’s Advanced Energy Management Program, which stresses a focus on energy awareness on both the facility maintenance and store associate level.
“The amazing results of the first-ever National Building Competition prove that any building can take simple steps to slash energy use, save thousands of dollars and protect the environment,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “Our top participants together saved nearly a million dollars by cutting energy use, and that’s just in the first year. We look forward to seeing even greater savings and energy innovations in the years ahead.”
Retailers ranked among green companies
Arlington, Va. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said Thursday that 56 retailers were listed on the 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings list, which recognizes commitment to sustainability.
According to RILA, of the 56 retailers listed, 30 are members of the organization, including Wal-Mart, Nike, J.C. Penney and Sears.
The Newsweek survey works with three environmental-research organizations to analyze the 500 biggest publicly traded companies in the United States to compare actual environmental footprints, policies and reputations.
Nike was recognized for accomplishments in its supply chain with programs that evaluate and improve the environmental footprint of suppliers, through checks on chemical toxicity, water use, and carbon emissions. Nike is also progressing toward carbon neutrality and aims to achieve it for company-owned facilities and business travel by 2015.
J.C. Penney and Sears Holdings Corp. were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as 2010 Energy Star award winners for their long-term commitment to fighting climate change through greater energy efficiency.
Wal-Mart Stores has set broad environmental goals to be supplied 100% by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain people and the environment. Wal-Mart has also launched a new global commitment to sustainable agriculture that will help small- and medium-sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products, and reduce the environmental impact of farming.
Staples is focusing on four major cornerstones of corporate responsibility that include selling environmental products, recycling, energy and climate and environmental education.