KOHL’S DEPARTMENT STORES RECOGNIZED AS 2011 EPA GREEN POWER PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Kohl’s is a chain of specialty stores across the country, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The company is run on totally ethical principles and its stocks products are targeted towards families. Kohl’s has a wide range of products like shoes, accessories, beauty products, home décor, and clothes for men, women and children from both upmarket brands and mid-level brands. The company has more than 1127 stores across the US where shopping is a pleasurable experience.
Kohl’s is committed to preserving the environment and has adopted a slew of initiatives for energy conservations. This includes extensive use of solar panels in its stores and other energy conserving practices that minimise carbon gas emissions and help protect the environment.
Kohl’s has been a committed partner in the Green Power partnership program conducted by the EPA. This is a voluntary program for companies where they can become partners in the EPA’s efforts to decrease the use of electricity and can maximise the use of green power. More than 1300 organizations including small, medium and even Fortune 500 companies, along with various businesses and local and federal state agencies are a part of this green initiative across the US and they have purchased around 21 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually.
This year Kohl’s department stores have won the Green Power Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions for the third consecutive year. Incidentally Kohl’s is the first department store or retailer to win this prestigious award that recognizes the Kohl’s chain as one of the foremost purchasers of green power and their commitment to developing green power sources. This year Kohl’s has purchased 1.4 billion kWh of renewable energy, a remarkable feat that is equal to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions caused by more than 192000 vehicles annually. It is worth noting that Kohl’s became a partner in this program way back in 2006 and also purchased 80 million kWh worth carbon credits even in 2007.
This award is therefore a great recognition for Kohl’s commitment to being an environmentally accountable business. Even in the current year Kohl has purchased more than 52 million kWh of renewable energy that is enough to run their 39 new stores opened this year. Besides the company has started 16 new solar energy locations in addition to the two wind energy locations already in place, indicating the company’s long-term commitment to energy conservation. The Green Power Leadership Award is thus a befitting appreciation for Kohl’s continuing commitment to renewable energy and indicates that using green power saves money and overall what is good for the environment is also good for your business.