Kohl’s associates from coast to coast will give back in their
communities by supporting youth-serving nonprofits in celebration of
National Volunteer Week and Earth Day
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 4, 2013--
Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) and thousands of its associates are
celebrating National Volunteer Week and Earth Day by volunteering in
their local communities during the company’s fourth annual National Go
Green Event. Through Kohl’s associate volunteer program, Associates in
Action, Kohl’s volunteers will support youth-serving nonprofit
organizations by participating in an environmentally-based activity. In
addition to providing a team of volunteers to complete a project, Kohl’s
will donate corporate grants to each organization. Through this
initiative, Kohl’s will donate $2 million in grants to nonprofits
nationwide for the fourth year in a row.
“Kohl’s National Go Green Event brings together our commitment to giving
back and to environmental responsibility in a way that is meaningful for
our associates and our communities,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief
administrative officer. “Since we started the program four years ago, we
have donated more than $6 million in grants to local nonprofits in
addition to thousands of associates volunteering their time during the
month of April. We are proud of our associates’ efforts to make a
positive impact where they live and work and once again look forward to
each and every one of our more than 1,100 locations participating as
they did last year.”
In April, groups of Kohl’s associates will be volunteering across the
country for events including:
planting a sustainable garden and installing a rainwater harvest
system for the Saratoga County Historical Society in Ballston Spa, N.Y.
planting, weeding, chipping, constructing and more to support an urban
farm and community gardens with Growing Power in Milwaukee, Wis.
combing beaches for trash and debris to provide a safe and beautiful
habitat in Sandy Hook, N.J.
cleaning up the Austin Zoo campus to support children’s environmental
education in Austin, Texas
constructing houses and landscaping with Habitat for Humanity in
Kohl’s Cares – Committed to Giving Back
Since 2001, Kohl’s associates nationwide have participated in volunteer
activities through the Associates in Action volunteer program. When
associates form teams of five or more to support a local youth-serving
charity, the company supports the team’s participation with a corporate
grant given directly to the nonprofit. Since 2001:
nearly 670,000 associates have volunteered
Kohl’s has executed more than 114,000 volunteer events
more than 2.2 million volunteer hours were completed
more than $63 million was donated to local nonprofits
Associates in Action is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform,
Kohl’s Cares®, which also includes the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise
program, Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s Cares fundraising gift
card program, partnerships with more than 160 hospitals nationwide and
Kohl’s Cares: Advancing Environmental Solutions.
Kohl’s Cares – Committed to Environmental
In addition to supporting environmentally-based volunteer activities
during the National Go Green Event, Kohl’s strives to be a leading
environmentally responsible retailer through strategies that include
sustainable operations, stakeholder engagement and supply chain
collaboration. Key initiatives include:
Use and Support of Renewable Energy – Kohl’s offsets 100
percent of its companywide energy use through the purchase of
renewable energy credits and through on-site energy generation at more
than 130 solar locations and two wind locations. For 2012, Kohl’s
purchased more than 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy and
ranked first in retail, second overall and second among Fortune 500
companies on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s
quarterly rankings of top green power purchasers. As a result of these
efforts, Kohl’s was named a recipient of the Sustained Excellence in
Green Power Award by EPA in 2012.
Energy Efficiency / ENERGY STAR – Kohl's has more than 750
ENERGY STAR-certified locations – nearly two-thirds of the company’s
stores. In 2012 and 2013, Kohl’s was honored with EPA’s ENERGY STAR
Award for Sustained Excellence for its long-term commitment to
protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – More
than 300 Kohl’s locations, including corporate buildings and stores,
have earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Characteristics of stores built to LEED guidelines, which provide best
practices for the design, construction and operation for
high-performance green buildings, include: use of recycled and
regionally sourced building materials, water-efficient landscaping and
plumbing fixtures and the use of ENERGY STAR-rated roofs, among others.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Sixty Kohl’s locations
across 16 states have electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for EV
drivers to charge at no cost while they shop.
Vendor Assessments / Supply Chain Sustainability – In 2012,
Kohl’s reviewed all merchandise vendors on six key sustainability
categories, while non-merchandise vendors were scored on five.
Categories included: management / policy, energy / climate, waste
management, packaging, partnerships and supply chain sustainability.
This information provides Kohl’s with insight into the business and
opportunities of partners and helps the company shape interactions in
a collaborative, voluntary format. In addition, Kohl’s hosts webinars
and in-person roundtables to improve vendor knowledge and performance
surrounding key sustainability programs.
For more information about Kohl’s community commitment, visit 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 1,155 stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more
than $231 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
Kohl’s Department Stores
Jen Johnson, 262-703-5241