Kohl’s Department Stores is committed to protecting and conserving the environment by seeking innovative solutions that encourage long-term sustainability.
As part of these efforts, we are invested in building and maintaining energy efficient, sustainable buildings. By partnering with USGBC, we raise awareness of our ongoing work to reduce our environmental impact and receive the best available guidance on constructing and operating Kohl’s LEED certified stores and facilities across the country.
Kohl’s has longstanding leadership in operational efficiency, including waste reduction, building design and operation, transportation, supply chain and energy management. More than 80 percent of Kohl’s stores have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification, and more than a third have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the USGBC. We have also been recognized for our commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of green power. In 2009, we set a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions for three years, from 2010 to 2012. Kohl’s continued to achieve our net zero goal in 2013 and 2014, for a total of five years of net zero carbon emissions. Kohl’s continues to meet this goal through our use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, including solar arrays at more than 160 Kohl’s locations nationwide.
Kohl’s has made measurable progress in the successful incorporation of LEED into store design, construction and operating practices. We’ve accomplished this through several key initiatives. In 2008, we made a commitment to achieve LEED certification for all newly constructed stores. Through our participation in the LEED Volume New Construction Program, we have successfully certified every newly constructed Kohl’s location since the fall of 2008. Additionally, all of our 1,160+ stores are operated using the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) program, regardless of their LEED certification status. Kohl’s currently has three LEED Gold volume prototypes that have helped us to achieve over 450 LEED certified locations.
In addition to our stores, we work to bring sustainability to all of our corporate facilities. Since construction of our Milwaukee-based Photo Studio in 2007, we have invested in building new corporate projects to meet LEED standards. Currently, nine of our corporate projects are LEED certified, including the 19th, 20th and 21st floors of our New York Design Office in central Manhattan.
The steps we take – both big and small – drive results to ensure that we leave a smaller footprint to conserve the environment for generations to come. Kohl’s customers can check to see if their local Kohl’s stores are LEED certified, ENERGY STAR certified or have solar panels by looking for the decals on the front entrances of the stores, or by visiting the map of stores at www.KohlsGreen.com.