Department Stores named as 2010 EPA Green Power Partner of the
Kohl’s Department Stores will be recognized
with its second Green Power Partner of the Year honor as part
of the annual Renewable Energy Markets Conference.
The awards are co-sponsored by the United States Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Energy
and the Center for Resource Solutions and recognize the country’s
leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution
to helping advance the development of green power sources.
The Green Power Partner of the Year award recognizes partners
who distinguish themselves through their green power purchase,
leadership, overall strategy and overall impact on the green
“Embracing the use of renewable energy was a natural fit for
our overall goal to leave a smaller environmental footprint.
Kohl’s dedication to innovation in on-site solar power generation
and the purchase of renewable energy credits demonstrate our
continued focus on energy management as an important component
of our sustainability initiatives,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s
executive vice president of store planning and logistics.
This is the second year Kohl’s has been named EPA Green Power
Partner of the Year. Kohl’s has also received EPA Green Power
Partnership recognition for on-site generation and green power
purchasing. In 2010, Kohl’s purchased more than 1.3 billion kilowatt
hours of renewable energy, a 60 percent increase over the company’s
2009 green power purchase and enough to meet 100 percent of the
company’s purchased electricity use.
According to EPA, this current green power purchase is equivalent
to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of nearly 188,000 passenger
vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity
needed to power more than 119,000 average American homes annually.
In addition to purchasing renewable energy credits that support
projects nationwide in the areas of wind, solar, small-hydro,
biogas and biomass generation, Kohl’s continues to increase its
commitment to on-site power generation through the company’s
industry-leading solar program. As the largest retail host of
solar power in North America, Kohl’s currently operates 100 solar
locations in 7 states. In September the company announced plans
to expand its solar program into its eighth state, Pennsylvania.
Depending on the geographic location, solar provides 20-50 percent
of the energy provided to the Kohl’s location.
Energy management is a significant focus of sustainability at
Kohl’s, with efforts spanning several different initiatives.
Kohl’s operates central energy management systems at all stores
to control most interior and exterior lighting, as well as heating
and cooling systems.
Through its stakeholder engagement program, Kohl’s encourages
business partners to consider sustainability and energy management
as part of how they do business. In addition to the EPA Green
Power Partnership, Kohl’s is a member of the EPA SmartWay Transport
Shipper and ENERGY STAR programs, as well as the United States
Green Building Council.