Kohl’s Department Stores is receiving a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since joining the program in 1998, Kohl’s has been able to ENERGY STAR certify nearly two-thirds of its stores.
Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor, Michigan is installing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to save on energy usage and reduce carbon emissions. A number of energy efficient upgrades will be made to the mall including interior and commercial exterior lighting installations and mall will be able to reduce electricity bills and also help the retailers located in the building save money.
Walgreens plans to open a net zero energy use store in Evanston, Illinois. The energy saving plans for the store will help to reduce its electricity usage by more than 40 percent with the help of the LED lighting. Engineers working with the company on the store’s development estimate the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity and generate 256,000 kilowatt hours per year.