MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–Kohl’s Department Stores has been recognized with its third Green Power Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions.
With this year’s award, given earlier this week in San Francisco, Kohl’s is the first retailer to be named a Green Power Partner of the Year for three consecutive years.
In 2011, Kohl’s purchased 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy, offsetting more than 100 percent of the company’s purchased electricity use. According to the EPA, Kohl’s current green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 192,000 passenger vehicles per year. Kohl’s currently ranks number one on EPA’s Top 20 Retail list.
“Recognition as Green Power Partner of the Year demonstrates Kohl’s leadership in the use and support of renewable energy as part of our commitment to being an environmentally responsible retailer,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. He said the company had purchased enough green power to offset the purchased electricity requirements for each of its 39 new stores that opened in 2011. Kohl’s has also added 16 new solar locations this year in addition to its first two wind locations.