April 7, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring Staples Inc. for its leadership in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction with the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year in Energy Management.
The company will receive the award at an April 12ceremony in Washington D.C. More than 140 Staples facilities have received the Energy Star and the company has set an aggressive target to achieve the Energy Star at 500 facilities by the end of 2012.
The office supply chain has increased its use of renewable power, which now represents 53 percent of its total U.S. electricity consumption.
Staples was also named an Energy Star Leader by the EPA for reducing energy consumption by more than 11 percent across its facilities. Energy Star Leaders are recognized for reducing energy consumption by at least 10 percent across a portfolio of buildings, based on EPA's standardized tools for tracking energy use.
"Energy conservation has been part of a comprehensive energy management program at Staples since the early days of the company," said John Lynch, senior vice president of construction and facilities. "We're honored to be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to continuous improvement in energy management. At Staples, we combine energy efficiency technologies and aggressive energy efficiency strategies with renewable power use to reduce costs and minimize greenhouse gas emissions throughout our day-to-day operations."
In other news, Staples announced the panel of experts who will judge its second Global EcoEasy Challenge, which will award $25,000 to the top green office product concept.
The award program is hosted by Staples in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Contest finalists are student teams from universities in India, Singapore, China, Ireland and the United States. They will present their ideas to the judges April 12 and the winner will be announced at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 13.
The grand prize to the winning team also includes royalties should the concept be brought to market. Two runners-up will each receive $5,000.
External judges named are: Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org; Bill McElnea, leads the U.S. Department of Commerce's Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative; Dr. Nabil Z. Nasr, assistant provost for academic affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT); Bill Roth, nationally columnist in Triple Pundit and The Green Economy Post; and Kate Swann, COO at Frog Design, a global innovation firm.
Staples judges include Mark Buckley, vice president of environmental affairs, and Dave D'Angelo, senior vice president of Staples Brands Group.
GRD Views: Congratulations to the Staples team for winning this important honor and kudos to the EPA for continuing to invest in this meaningful recognition program. -- John Failla for Green Retail Decisions