Staples has earned a 2017 Energy Star Partner of the Year as a Sustained Excellence Award in the energy management category for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.
This is the eighth consecutive year that the company has been honored under the Energy Star program. An Energy Star partner since 1990, the contributions Staples has made to energy reduction at its facilities, the company’s commitment to climate change mitigation and initiatives concerning educating associates and future generations of students prompted the award, according to the retailer.
“Our success is based on continuous improvement, a focus on strategy and implementation, and a seasoned energy team that is relentless in getting things done,” said Bob Valair, Staples’ director of energy and environmental management. “We are fortunate to have an executive team at Staples that supports our implementing projects that impact our bottom line and ability to have a positive impact on climate change.”
In addition to Staples, the Energy Star program also recognized Sears Holdings in the Sustained Excellence Energy Management category, as well as Food Lion, J.C. Penney Co. and Kohl’s. Also in the Sustained Excellence category Best Buy, National Marketing Group, Sears Holdings and The Home Depot took Retailer of the Year honors. In the Partner of the Year awards segment, Energy Star recognized Target Corp. in the Energy Management category and Metro Lighting in the Retailer of the Year category.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy will recognize Energy Star partners at a ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 26.