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Kohl's works with USGBC to green 58 existing stores

February 26, 2010
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MENOMONEE FALLS, WIKohl''s Department Stores have announced the development of a pilot program with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to register 58 existing stores for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certification, according to a press release.

According to the release, the stores are also expected to be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR rated and use solar power.

USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi said: "The Kohl''s LEED projects and the company''s commitment to green building can be viewed as an industry case study for how businesses of every size and scope can be environmental stewards. Kohl''s is exemplifying tremendous business leadership as these stores are contributing positively to our collective environmental challenges. Because these buildings are using less water, energy and natural resources, they will also benefit from financial savings throughout the lifecycle of these buildings."

Kohl''s plans to incorporate existing sustainability policies, such as the use of energy management systems and green power, recycling programs and green housekeeping, the story stated.

Kohl''s is simultaneously developing a program for the construction of new LEED-certified stores, such as the new Rego Park location in Queens, New York, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for a commitment to environmental responsibility, the story added.

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