Solar panels will provide more than 40 percent of the energy for the
distribution center, which is the company’s first LEED-certified
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2012--
Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today announced activation of the
company’s largest solar project at its million-square-foot e-commerce
fulfillment center (EFC) in Edgewood, Md. The EFC opened in 2011 and
recently earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the gold
level. The location is Kohl’s sixth solar site in Maryland. It is also
the company’s first LEED-certified logistics facility.
“The Edgewood facility demonstrates Kohl’s collective approach to
environmental responsibility in many ways, including our commitment to
collaboration with our partners and expanding our successful programs
such as solar and LEED certification,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s
chief administrative officer. “We worked with experts internally and
externally to maximize the sustainable aspects of this site, which
ranged from expanding onto and retrofitting an existing building
structure to addressing the nature of the distribution center as an
industrial, round-the-clock facility with different operational
considerations than what our stores may have. We are very pleased with
the results and look forward to carrying forward what we have learned
into future building and LEED projects.”
The Edgewood EFC’s 2.4 MW, 8,360-panel rooftop solar array will generate
more than 3 million kWh of electricity annually and provide more than 40
percent of the facility’s energy. Up until this project, Kohl’s largest
solar site was its San Bernardino, Calif. distribution center with a 1
MW, 6,208-panel rooftop solar array. As one of the largest single retail
hosts of solar power in North America, Kohl’s solar portfolio now totals
nearly 42 MW, generating more than 57,400 Megawatt-hours (MWh) of
The company has also made continued progress related to its commitment
to environmentally responsible building design, construction and
operation. Beginning with the gold LEED certification of its Milwaukee
photo studio in 2008, Kohl’s set a goal to LEED certify all new
corporate buildings and all newly constructed stores. The company has
since earned LEED gold certification on volume prototypes for new and
existing stores, resulting in more than 300 LEED-certified locations
from coast to coast.
In addition to its rooftop solar panels, notable features of Kohl’s EFC
Building Design and Construction
Construction waste management efforts that diverted 95 percent
of construction waste from local landfills.
More than 32 percent of the construction building materials by cost in
the EFC are made of recycled content.
More than 43 percent of the building materials by cost were regionally
manufactured or harvested from within 500 miles of the EFC
Implementation of a stringent construction indoor air quality
(IAQ) management plan applied for all new Kohl’s construction
projects, which reduces air quality problems resulting from
construction activities and protects it for future building occupants.
The IAQ plan requires contractors to shut down air handling systems
during activities with air quality impacts like sanding and cutting,
properly store absorptive materials and change air filters regularly.
A storm water pollution prevention program and erosion
and sedimentation control.
Programming and layout developed around a pre-existing structure. Kohl’s
embraced elements such as the existing multi-level office design. More
than 99 percent of the structural elements of the existing building
were maintained and incorporated into the new design.
Use of a white membrane roofing material to reduce the
building’s energy demand and minimize its heat island impact.
Minimized parking lot size to reduce runoff and the amount of
asphalt used. There is also parking allocated for carpools.
Use of native and adaptive plants for landscaping.
Reduced light pollution through use of cut-off exterior
lighting fixtures to direct the light only where required while still
maintaining safe lighting levels in the parking lot.
Interior finish construction materials that contained no or
low volatile organic compounds.
Low-flow interior plumbing fixtures throughout the facility,
resulting in more than 35 percent less water use over standard
High-efficiency lighting, advanced air conditioning and heating
systems and an integrated control system to monitor space
conditions help make the energy use in this building 46 percent more
efficient than a building designed to baseline energy codes.
Kohl’s green power, energy efficiency and sustainable building design,
construction and operation efforts are key components of the company’s
commitment to being a leading environmentally responsible
retailer through strategies that include sustainable operations,
collaboration throughout its supply chain and stakeholder engagement.
Additional information about Kohl’s environmental efforts is available
Kohl’s comprehensive environmental program, Advancing Environmental
Solutions, is part of the Kohl’s Cares® philanthropic platform,
committed to making communities happier, healthier, greener places to
live and work. Additional information about Kohl’s Cares is available at www.Kohls.com/Cares.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused,
value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced,
exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and
home products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to
environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates 1,146 stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more
than $208 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its
Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's
Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc.
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Source: Kohl’s Department Stores
Jen Johnson, 262-703-5241