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.
Kohl’s named as 2010 EPA Green Power Partner of the Year
Menomonee Falls, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores was recognized Wednesday with its second Green Power Partner of the Year honor at the Green Power Leadership Awards held in Portland, Ore., as part of the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference.
The awards are co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions and recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of green power sources. The Green Power Partner of the Year award recognizes partners who distinguish themselves through their green power purchase, leadership, overall strategy and overall impact on the green power market.
This is the second year Kohl’s has been named EPA Green Power Partner of the Year. Kohl’s has also received EPA Green Power Partnership recognition for on-site generation and green power purchasing. In 2010, Kohl’s purchased more than 1.3 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy, a 60% increase over the company’s 2009 green power purchase and enough to meet 100% of the company’s purchased electricity use.
“Since joining the EPA Green Power Partnership in 2006, Kohl’s has shown consistent leadership by increasing our commitment to renewable energy year after year,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive VP store planning and logistics. “Embracing the use of renewable energy was a natural fit for our overall goal to leave a smaller environmental footprint. Kohl’s dedication to innovation in on-site solar power generation and the purchase of renewable energy credits demonstrate our continued focus on energy management as an important component of our sustainability initiatives.”
As the largest retail host of solar power in North America, Kohl’s currently operates 100 solar locations in seven states. In September, the company announced plans to expand its solar program into its eighth state, Pennsylvania. Depending on the geographic location, solar provides 20-50% of the energy provided to the Kohl’s location.