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Office Depot is only retailer in Top 10 of annual green ranking by Newsweek

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — For the second year in a row, Office Depot was recognized in Newsweek magazine’s annual “Green Rankings” as the greenest large retailer in America. Across all industry sectors, Office Depot was ranked as America’s 8th greenest large company, a move up of 10 spots from last year, and was the only retailer in the U.S. Top 10 list.

Office Depot not only achieved the highest aggregate green score in the U.S. retail industry, but also led in Environmental Management, and disclosure of performance data.

The chain’s accomplishments on the building and facilities side include:

  • Reducing its North American waste footprint from 24,000 tons in 2008 to 16,900 in 2010; reducing costs of waste by nearly $1 million dollars a year;
  • Reducing its North American electricity footprint from 628,000MWh in 2008 to 499,000MWh in 2010, reducing electricity costs by about $15 million dollars a year;
  • Reducing its North American carbon footprint from 401,000 metric tons CO2e in 2008 to 319,000 metric tons CO2e, while driving reduction in carbon intensity as well;
  • Increasing its LEED-certified buildings footprint from 21,000 sq. ft. in 2008 to 656,000 sq. ft. in 2010, and targeting 1.1 million sq. ft. in upcoming years.

On the customer side, Office Depot recently launched its GreenerOffice Delivery Service, which is on track to save over 3,000 tons of wood and approximately $1.5 million a year by delivering goods in paper bags rather than cardboard boxes.

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Office Depot’s global headquarters earns Energy Star certification

BY Marianne Wilson

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot’s global headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification. The certification signifies that the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

"Office Depot is pleased to accept EPA’s Energy Star certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Edward Costa, VP construction, Office Depot. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Office Depot improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

The energy-saving actions that Office Depot took to earn the Energy Star certification included retrofitting most of the lighting on the global headquarters’ campus, which consisted of:

  • Replacing all T5 lamps with 27-watt, 4100 Kelvin lamps;
  • Changing all parking garage lights from 150-watt metal-halide to 42-watt fluorescent lamps; and
  • Reducing the amount of lamps that are on during the daylight hours 70%.

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Ikea plugs-in two electrical vehicle charging stations, with more to come

BY Staff Writer

Portland, Ore. — Ikea officially plugged-in two Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its Portland, Ore., store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.

The initiative is the first such project for Ikea in the United States. Similar installations aa planned at eight other Ikea stores in the Western United States.

To charge an EV at Ikea Portland, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard (RFID card), plug the charger into the EV, and then shop while the vehicle is charging.

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