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Kohl's Exceeds Recycling and Energy Star Store Certification Goals

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April 30, 2014

Kohl’s Department Stores exceeded its goal to achieve Energy Star certification for 800 stores two years ahead of schedule and now has 383 LEED-certified buildings, according to the retailer’s 2013 corporate social responsibility report.

Kohl's store imageIn total, Kohl’s added 69 Energy Star certified stores in 2013, bringing its total to 821. “These efforts save money and minimize our carbon footprint with benefits that can be seen both locally and globally,” said Kevin Mansell chairman, president and CEO.

The retailer also added 19 new solar array systems to its stores in 2013 for a total of 156. In the fall of 2013, Kohl’s also began upgrading its sales floor lighting, replacing fluorescent fixtures with LED. From October through the end of fiscal 2013, the retailer upgraded lighting in 27 stores. “These updates will reduce our per-store energy consumption by an anticipated 235,000 kilowatt-hours annually per store,” the company wrote in the report.

Kohl’s also recycled 85 percent of all operating waste, reaching its 2015 goal two years ahead of schedule. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) was another areas identified in 2013 for improvement.

“By replacing select HVAC equipment with dedicated outside air (DOA) units, we expect reduction in our energy use for HVAC with an estimated payback of less than two years.” DOA units were installed in two existing Kohl’s locations during the initial test phase. Detailed measurement and verification is currently underway to determine actual savings. “In the fall of 2014, we will fully evaluate this test and determine if additional locations will receive DOA units,” the company said n the report.

In 2013, Kohl’s also focused on working with vendors and stakeholders to maintain fair business practices. “We put ethics, safety and the importance of an engaged workforce at the forefront of everything we do. In 2013, we conducted numerous training sessions for our vendor partners to discuss our policy, expectations, best practices, compliance improvements and more. We also actively encourage them to develop or enhance their own internal social compliance functions,” the company wrote.

Kohl’s evaluated 418 vendor partners during its sustainability assessments in 2013, including 315 national brands, 74 private brands, 25 domestic transportation carrier and 4 international transportation carriers. National brands scored 76 percent, private brands 75 percent, domestic carrier 76 percent and international carriers 64 percent.

Click here to read more about Kohl’s 2013 sustainability results.


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