The United States Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Sears Holdings with a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year- Sustained Excellence Award for its efforts to protect the environment through energy efficiency. The agency is recognizing Sears both for its role as a retailer of Energy Star certified products and for energy management in its stores, the company said.
Sears has been an Energy Star partner since 1998 and has won recognition for long-term commitment to energy efficiency, according to the company. Sears has initiated energy management across its building portfolio as it has enhanced associate and consumer education to drive awareness and adoption of energy efficiency and climate protection, the company noted. Sears efforts, as characterized by the company, include:
- A decrease in total weather normalized source energy use of more than 7% year over year.
- The introduction of the Kenmore Connect web platform that can put consumers together with Sears Most Efficient program including 48 clothes washers and 11 refrigerators.
- Continued development of the Sears and Kmart green websites, Sears.com/green and Kmart.com/green, that now includes social media components.
- Pursuit of strong relationship with local utilities through Sears Green Leadership team, an effort that generates awareness for the Energy Star brand.