Staples, Inc. has earned a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA recognized Staples for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements, the company announced.
The latest award marks the fifth consecutive year Staples has been honored with Energy Star Partner of the Year Award, the company noted. Staples has been an Energy Star partner since 2001.
Staples achieved the certification of 625 buildings under the Energy Star program, and recertified 225 buildings in 2014, the retailer said. It was a competitor in the EPA Better Buildings Challenge, committing to reduce energy intensity 25% by 2020 and to reduce the company’s carbon footprint 50% by 2025, Staples maintained. Overall, the company achieved an 11.3% portfolio-wide reduction in energy intensity over the past years with its energy efficiency program including green power investments providing 18 million kilowatts of clean energy from solar sources, according to the company.
“Staples truly values our partnership with Energy Star,” said Bob Valair, Staples director of energy and environmental management. “It’s exciting to see the impact we’ve made through energy efficiency in our portfolio of buildings, and we remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”