JCPenney announced that it has secured Energy Star certifications in over 500 stores, one supply chain facility and its home office, far surpassing the company’s initial goal of having 400 locations certified by the end of 2013, according to the company. The Environmental Protection Agency awards Energy Star certifications to buildings that rank within the top 25% of similar commercial buildings nationwide by meeting strict energy performance levels set by the EPA.
“We are very pleased to be recognized with the 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, an honor we’ve received five years in a row,” said Katheryn Burchett, svp/property development for JCPenney. “Our stores that proudly display the Energy Star label generate fewer greenhouse emissions than non-certified structures, and each certified building saves the company thousands of dollars in energy costs every year.”
JCPenney has taken many steps to drive energy efficiency at the store level, according to the company. Projects such as LED lighting retrofits in hundreds of locations, advanced metering technologies that track electricity usage, and in-store energy management systems have all contributed to meaningful energy savings. Additionally, JCPenney has installed rooftop solar energy systems in 12 retail locations.
“JCPenney has long been a pioneer in corporate energy management, even becoming the first retailer to earn the Energy Star for one of its stores in 2007,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star program for commercial buildings and industrial plants. “Now, 500 Energy Star certified stores later, JCPenney’s long-standing commitment to protecting the environment can inspire us all to continue to save more energy, save more money and reduce more greenhouse gas emissions than the day before.”