Office Depot HQ earns EPA’s Energy Star certification for second consecutive year
Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot announced that the company’s global headquarters, located in Boca Raton, Fla., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for the second consecutive year. The certification signifies the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
"As part of Office Depot’s commitment to be greener, we continue to invest in energy efficiency,” said Yalmaz Siddiqui, senior director of environmental strategy for Office Depot. "By pursuing EPA’s Energy Star as well as the LEED Gold certification we already have at our headquarters, we further demonstrate our commitment to third party verification of environmental claims.”
Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Energy-saving actions that Office Depot took to earn the Energy Star certification at its headquarters included:
- Changing 15,000 lights from 32 watt T5 lamps to more efficient 27 watt T5 lamps for the building interior;
- Changing parking garage lamps from 150-watt metal-halide to 42-Watt fluorescents;
- Reducing the number of lamps on during the daylight hours by 70%; and
- Reducing standard building operating hours from 66 hours to 60 hours per week.
By using some of the savings enabled by these measures, Office Depot purchased sufficient Renewable Energy Credits to establish its global headquarters as Carbon Neutral for 2012. In addition, Office Depot was recently recognized as an Energy Star Leader for 2012, having become the first large retailer in the United States to achieve a verified portfolio-wide energy reduction of over 30% (compared to 2004).
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Walmart ups solar in Ohio
Columbus, Ohio — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it has worked with SolarCity to install solar panels on 12 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout Ohio.
The solar panel installations will add approximately 6,000,000 kWh of generation production – enough energy to power more than 820 homes – and are expected to supply approximately 5%-20% of each store’s overall electricity use.
"We are committed to increasing the use of renewable energy resources, including solar panels, at our stores in Ohio and throughout the country," said David Ozment, Walmart senior director of energy.
The Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs receiving solar power systems are located in Mason, Xenia, Greenville, Austintown, Middletown, Franklin, Youngstown, Toledo, Milford, Loveland, and two systems in Cincinnati.
Walmart has an aspirational goal is to be powered 100% by renewable energy.
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Walmart Neighborhood Market to be lit entirely with LEDs
Durham, N.C. — When Walmart Neighborhood Market in Mt. Pleasant, Wis., opens later this year, it will join the small but growing ranks of stores that are lit entirely with LEDs. The chain is installing LED technology from Cree, including more than 400 linear luminaires (CS18), for illumination – from the sales floor and pharmacy to restrooms, vestibules and backroom areas. Cree LED lighting will also be installed in the parking lot and exterior areas of the store.
Walmart estimates that CS18 suspended luminaires, designed for low maintenance and long life, will save approximately 30% in energy costs compared to interior fluorescent lighting. Lasting more than three times longer than standard fluorescents, the luminaires will also enable significant maintenance reductions and energy savings for the store.
The high-efficiency CS18 suspended LED linear luminaire uses approximately 30 percent less energy s. The CS18 luminaire will bring an extraordinary combination of performance, aesthetics and optimal light distribution to the sales floor of the Mt. Pleasant Walmart Neighborhood Market.
“Cree LED lighting will help us advance our sustainability goals while reducing the cost of operations and also giving our customers a pleasant shopping experience,” said David Redfield, SVP for Walmart operations. “Reducing energy consumption is the right thing to do for our natural environment, for our customers and for our business. Ultimately, the cost savings allows us to deliver on our commitment to Everyday Low Price.”
Added Christopher Ruud, VP global sales, lighting, Cree: “The Mt. Pleasant location will be a great showcase of the benefits of LED lighting for the full customer experience – from the parking lot to the aisles.”