Kohl’s given Energy Star Partner of the Year award

Freeman Staff

April 6, 2015

MENOMONEE FALLS — Kohl’s Department Stores has been presented with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency initiatives, according to a Monday announcement.

Kohl’s has been an EPA Energy Star member since 1998 and has more than 950 Energy Star-certified locations totaling more than 80 percent of Kohl’s stores nationally. That percentage is the highest of certified stores in relation to U.S. retailers, according to the announcement.

In 2014, 122 Kohl’s stores received Energy Star certification, marking the largest number of stores the company has certified in one year since 2010.

“We’re proud of our continued commitment to driving energy efficiency across Kohl’s stores nationwide and this award for sustained excellence from EPA showcases our ongoing efforts to conserve resources,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s senior executive vice president, in a statement. “Not only has our dedication to energy-efficient practices enabled more than 100 Kohl’s stores to receive Energy Star certification in 2014, the average Energy Star score of a Kohl’s store has increased year over year — a great indication of our progress in this area. We continue to look for ways to drive results, big or small, to ensure we leave a smaller footprint.”