Kohl's Department Stores

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin


ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Energy Management

Kohl's Department Stores

Kohl's Department Stores is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store. Kohl's operates more than 1,000 stores in 49 states. Kohl's is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for commitment and success in increasing energy efficiency of its buildings and its dedication to sharing the importance of energy efficiency with associates and customers. Key accomplishments include: 

  • Tracking and ensuring data accuracy for all Kohl's stores, distribution centers, and corporate buildings using EPA's Portfolio Manager.
  • Earning the ENERGY STAR at 243 stores in 2009 for a total of 352 stores through November 2009, exceeding its goal of earning the ENERGY STAR at 300 stores by September 2009--Kohl's operates the largest group of nonsupermarket retail buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR.
  • Reducing energy use per store by 10 percent on a Btu/sq. ft. basis compared to a 2007 baseline in advance of its 2013 target. The energy saved by Kohl's in 2009 alone would power 5,264 average American homes for one year. 
  • Upgrading Energy Management Systems at 60 stores, allowing for automatic load shedding, which will reduce each store's energy consumption by 15 kW. 
  • Instituting a corporate sustainability department to drive company-wide sustainability issues and supplement energy team initiatives.
  • Holding a Kohl's Green Experience Event on Earth Day, attended by more than 1,800 associates, to engage employees in energy awareness and highlight sustainability strategies, including ENERGY STAR.
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