More than 70 percent of Kohl’s stores are ENERGY STAR-certified
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 29, 2014--
Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) will be recognized today by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a recipient of the 2014 ENERGY
STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for the company’s
continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior
energy efficiency initiatives. An EPA ENERGY STAR member since 1998,
Kohl’s currently has more than 860 ENERGY STAR-certified locations, more
than 70 percent of Kohl’s stores nationwide and more than any other U.S.
retailer to date. In 2013 alone, 69 Kohl’s stores received ENERGY STAR
certification, surpassing the company’s goal to reach 800 certified
locations by 2015. Award winners are selected from the 16,000
organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
“Kohl’s is proud to be a leader in energy-efficient practices and set a
positive example in how we design and operate our facilities,” said Ken
Bonning, Kohl’s senior executive vice president. “Not only do
energy-efficient buildings reduce our carbon footprint, investments in
features like lighting upgrades and solar installations make smart
business sense. We continuously challenge ourselves to do more. This
award from EPA acknowledges our ongoing efforts to conserve resources
through the use of technology and valuable partnerships."
Kohl’s uses the ENERGY STAR portfolio manager to track energy
performance of all facilities, assess opportunities for enhanced energy
performance and implement best practices. The company also constructs
new stores with the intent to pursue ENERGY STAR’s “Designed to Earn”
designation. These stores are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification
after maintaining superior energy performance for one year in operation.
In addition to this year’s award, Kohl’s received a Sustained Excellence
Award in 2012 and 2013, as well as Partner of the Year Awards in 2010
“Kohl’s has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award – the 2014 Partner of
the Year – Sustained Excellence Award – because of their unwavering
commitment to helping consumers become increasingly more energy
efficient,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe.
Kohl’s has also set a goal through the Department of Energy Better
Buildings Challenge to reduce its energy use in more than 112 million
square feet of occupied building space by at least 20 percent by 2020.
Kohl’s customers can check to see if their local Kohl’s stores are
ENERGY STAR-certified by looking for the ENERGY STAR decals on the front
entrances of certified stores, or by visiting the map of stores at www.KohlsGreen.com.
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 community commitment
and environmental initiatives is available at www.Kohls.com/Cares
For more information on the ENERGY STAR program, visit www.Energystar.gov.
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 1,162 stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $257
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. For a list of
store locations and information, or for the added convenience of
shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com, join
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About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers
businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy,
money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000
organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy
efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about
ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov
or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
Bevin Bailis, 262-703-1464