Jan 27, 2010

Kohl’s Department Stores Achieves 100 Percent Green Power

January 26, 2010

via DDI Magazine (a publication targeted to the retail community)

Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl’s Department Stores announced that the company has purchased enough green power to meet 100 percent of its purchased electricity use, with an annual green power purchase of nearly 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours. With this latest purchase of renewable energy, Kohl’s increased its ranking to No. 2 overall on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) listings of top green power purchasers. Kohl’s retains its top ranking among retailers. Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind and solar. Kohl's purchases a combination of renewable energy certificates (RECs) and utility green power products in the areas of solar, wind and biomass generation. “Through our green power purchases, Kohl’s is proud to support energy partners and programs that have a positive and lasting environmental impact,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive vice president of store planning and logistics. “We recognize the importance of encouraging environmentally smart energy practices, and we aim to set a positive example in how we operate our buildings and run our business. Starting 2010 at 100 percent green power helps reduce our carbon footprint and brings us another step closer to achieving our goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of this year.”

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