Kohl’s Department Stores has been recognized with a 2013 Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. Kohl’s also announced its goal to achieve net zero emissions each year through 2015.
“This recognition from EPA comes at a time when we are furthering our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality through a continued investment in the use and support of green power, as well as our sustainable operations strategies companywide,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s senior evp. “In 2012, we were pleased to achieve our initial goal to achieve net zero emissions from 2010-2012 and are proud to extend that goal for three more years through 2015.”
“EPA applauds Kohl’s Department Stores for its continued, distinguished commitment to expanding its use of green power and thereby reducing its climate impacts,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The Sustained Excellence in Green Power award is indicative of Kohl’s Department Stores’ environmental stewardship and is a well-deserved honor.”
More than two-thirds of Kohl’s locations have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification, and more than a quarter have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the retailer. Kohl’s is also an active participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Through this program, the company has committed to reduce its energy use in more than 112 million square feet of occupied building space by at least 20% by 2020.
Kohl’s is currently purchasing 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours green power annually and generates an additional 37 million kWh of on-site green power annually, which is enough to meet 105% of the company’s total U.S.-based electricity use, according to the company.
The company is also one of the largest hosts of solar electricity in North America with 140 solar locations across 14 states and a goal to reach 200 solar locations by 2015. Kohl’s has two wind locations – its Findlay, OH, distribution center and Corpus Christi, TX, store.