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Sears named an EPA 2011 Energy Star partner of year

BY CSA STAFF

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. said Tuesday it was named 2011 Energy Star partner of the year in the product retailer category by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The award is Sears’ second consecutive.

"This award is a reflection of the significant commitment our entire organization has made to promote energy efficiency and help our customers make changes that allow them to save money," said Lou D’Ambrosio, CEO and president of Sears Holdings.

Among the initiatives that contributed to Sears Holdings’ EPA award were the national campaign “The Big Switch” that drove customers to convert to Energy Star-qualified partners, along with the retailer’s enhanced collection of Energy Star products and its Energy Star employee training program.

The 2011 Retail Partner of the Year Award is given to manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and deliver Energy Star qualified products, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sears Holdings’ accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.

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EPA honors Lowe’s with sustainable retailer award

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Moorseville, N.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Lowe’s winner of the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in Retail for the second consecutive year. The 2011 award recognizes Lowe’s long-standing leadership as a retailer of energy-efficient products and will be presented to the company at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 12.

According to Lowe’s, it is being honored for outstanding achievements year after year in customer outreach, employee training and product selection. Lowe’s has won nine consecutive Energy Star awards (2003 to 2011), including four Retail Partner of the Year awards and the 2010 Sustained Excellence Award for its industry-leading commitment to energy efficiency.

“Winning the EPA’s highest honor for the second consecutive year demonstrates the value Lowe’s employees place on helping our customers save energy and money,” said Robert Niblock, Lowe’s chairman and CEO. “We’ve raised the bar every year since becoming an Energy Star partner in 2001. The Sustained Excellence Award is a reflection of that ongoing commitment.”

Lowe’s achievements in delivering energy-efficiency savings to customers in 2010 included:

  • Increasing the quantity and variety of Energy Star products available in stores and online. Lowe’s carries Energy Star items in all eligible categories it sells, and Lowe’s has more Energy Star appliances in stock than any other national home improvement retailer.
  • Promoting Energy Star as a way to save energy and money to an estimated 15 million customers per week. Lowe’s efforts included increased employee training, enhanced store signage and a new Lowes.com/EfficientHome site with more Energy Star product catalogs.
  • Increasing national promotions for Energy Star products and support for tax-free events. Lowe’s collaborated with vendors on promotions and partnered with more than 45 utility companies and other sponsors to plan energy-efficiency rebate events.
  • Expanding the Lowe’s Energy Center nationwide to provide a one-stop destination for energy-saving products. The in-store Energy Center puts solar technology alongside Energy Star qualified products such as CFLs.

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Kohl’s will open 40 new stores in 2011 and remodel 100 existing units

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Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Department Stores on Wednesday is celebrating the grand opening of nine new stores across seven states: Illinois, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The chain plans to open a total of approximately 40 stores in 2011.

In addition, Kohl’s continues to invest in its existing store base, remodeling approximately 100 stores in 2011, an 18% increase from 2010.

“We are pleased to be in a position to create more than 1,200 jobs, as Kohl’s continues to grow and build market share in a challenging economy," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and CEO. “Additionally, we are investing in our existing store base, to keep the customer experience fresh and exciting, by remodeling 100 stores this year alone."

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