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Sears Holdings Corp

Hoffman Estates, Illinois

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

EPA's ENERGY STAR Corporate Commitment Award recognizes organizations whose superior achievements in energy efficiency span the breadth of the ENERGY STAR program. By fully embracing and integrating the entire ENERGY STAR platform, Sears Holdings Corporation demonstrates world class programs in energy management, energy-efficient product retailing, and consumer outreach that have helped EPA's ENERGY STAR program achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Sears Holdings Corporation has a longstanding tradition of excellence in environmental sustainability, tracing back to its early beginnings with ENERGY STAR in 1998. ENERGY STAR Corporate Commitment is a unique honor for Sears Holdings Corporation as only the fifth organization to ever be recognized with this award. Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with over 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings Corporation is the leading home appliance retailer, as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, consumer electronics, and automotive repair and maintenance. Key accomplishments include:

 

·         Continuing to maintain and increase its selection of ENERGY STAR qualified products--including increasing its overall ENERGY STAR qualified appliance penetration rate for the second consecutive year, nearly doubling its ENERGY STAR qualified decorative light string SKUs, releasing new ENERGY STAR qualified Craftsman products, and being the first retailer to promote the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient recognition afforded to four of its Kenmore Elite clothes washers in 2011.

·         Expanding its best-in-class training program by launching the Green Consultation Program in its Home Appliance Showrooms (HAS) that provides associates with an overarching knowledge of "green" and the ability to speak to multiple areas of the ENERGY STAR program--in 2011, 66 HAS and 26 full-line associates were trained.

·         Broadly supporting EPAs Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR campaign through a variety of educational and sales events at its stores and other venues nationwide--from the "Get Your Green On" show at Kenmore Live studio to fellow ENERGY STAR partner National Grids "Tap Into Savings" flash mob at its Sears store in Massachusetts.

·         Garnering 64 billion print and broadcast impressions for ENERGY STAR in 2011, representing an increase of 28 percent over 2010.

·         Facilitating ENERGY STAR retail and product manufacturing partnerships with both Kenmore and Kmart.

·         Reducing company-wide energy consumption by 6.5 kBtu per square foot, representing a 4.3-percent improvement in energy efficiency in 2011. Since 2006, it has achieved 1,371,648,000 kWh in electricity savings.

·         Earning recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader in 2011 for improving energy efficiency by more than 10 percent across its entire portfolio of Kmart buildings.

·         Earning ENERGY STAR certification for nearly 300 buildings across its portfolio and benchmarking an additional 230 buildings over 2010, including distribution centers, Home Services warehouses, Home Appliance Showroom stores, and Hardware stores.

·         Retrofitting lighting in 77 stores, auto centers, and distribution centers and completing HVAC retrofits in 48 stores.

·         Participating in the 2011 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition and achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy use intensity for the facility, and hosting its own 3-month building energy competition, the Kmart Kilowatt Challenge.

·         Establishing a recognition program to celebrate staff achievements toward saving energy.

·         Offering a comprehensive sustainability website (www.sears.green and www.kmart.green) that offers consumers insights into Sears Holdings Corporation's comprehensive commitment to energy efficiency throughout its entire organization--from its facilities to its products.