Staples Recognized for Energy Efficiency Achievements for Eighth Consecutive Year

FRAMINGHAM, Mass, 2017-Apr-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS) has been named a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements, the eighth year in a row the company has been honored. Staples’ accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017 at a ceremony at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Staples, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1990, will be honored for the contributions made to energy reduction at their facilities, its continued commitment to climate change and going above and beyond for educating associates and future generations of students. The company has reduced its kwh consumption every year by participating in the ENERGY STAR program, engaging associates on the benefits of energy reduction via employee rallies and utilizing energy saving campaigns complete with signage, graphics and videos, to help the company meet its energy reduction goals.

“Our success is based on continuous improvement, a focus on strategy and implementation, and a seasoned energy team that is relentless in getting things done,” said Bob Valair, Staples’ director of energy and environmental management. “We are fortunate to have an executive team at Staples that supports our implementing projects that impact our bottom line and ability to have a positive impact on climate change.”

In 2015 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners saved American businesses and consumers 503 billion kilowatt hours and $34 billion dollars on their energy bills, while achieving broad emission reductions.

The 2017 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are bestowed upon a diverse set of organizations that have demonstrated continued leadership in energy efficiency. Winners hail from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 organizations – representing energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2017 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

About Staples, Inc.
Staples helps business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop – in stores, online via mobile or through social apps. Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division, caters to mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers by offering a one-source solution for the products and services they need, combined with best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and a state-of-the-art ecommerce site. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates primarily in the United States and Canada, with additional operations in South America and Asia. More information about Staples(NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at

ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have saved American families and businesses $430 billion on their energy bills and 4.6 trillion kilowatt-hours of energy, while achieving broad emissions reductions—including 2.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For 25 years, EPA’s ENERGY STAR program has been America’s resource for saving energy and protecting the environment. Join the millions already making a difference at

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Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint recognized at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies

SEATTLE, 2015-5-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 20 percent by 2020 was recognized as an unparalleled retailer achievement at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night.

The reduction is part of the company’s effort to address climate change.

Thanks to a combination of an industry-leading energy management system, store lighting retrofit and improved fleet and distribution practices, Best Buy was commended for exceeding its goal and reducing emissions by 26 percent since 2010.  The award was given at this week’s DOE Better Buildings Challenge Summit.

“We know that our customers and employees care about the environment, and they care about companies that do too,” said Laura Bishop, vice president of Public Affairs who oversees the company’s corporate responsibility and sustainability team.  “Our commitment to carbon reduction is part of a larger effort that focuses on everything we can do as a company, along with all we can do to help our customers live more sustainably by managing their own energy use.”

Beginning in 2010, Best Buy sought to address its carbon footprint throughout its complex network of retail locations, distribution and data centers, and transportation infrastructure.  These efforts included:

  • Installing energy management systems at “big box” stores to centrally control temperature and lighting by synchronizing all systems.
  • Retrofitting more than 840 stores with lower-wattage fluorescent ceiling fixtures, reducing lighting energy usage by nearly half and brightening the interiors.
  • Upgrading thousands of Geek Squad cars and trucks to more efficient models and strategically routing to reduce gas consumption.
  • Requiring EPA SmartWay® certification for all transportation partners, and optimizing store shipments and the transfer of recycled products to partner facilities, led to further reductions.

The broader Best Buy sustainability program extends beyond reducing the company’s own carbon footprint to consumer solutions, such as energy-efficient products. More than 1 billion pounds of electronics and appliances have been recycled through convenient services such as trade-in and free recycling. Named an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2014 and 2015, Best Buy helped customers realize $70 million in utility bill savings* and prevented 900 million pounds of carbon emissions with ENERGY STAR certified products sold in 2014 alone.  Best Buy also was appointed to the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index from 2012 through 2014, and to the Carbon Performance Leadership Index in 2012 and 2013.

Best Buy’s innovative approaches to energy efficiency, as well as its achievements, are profiled in the Better Buildings Solution Center at center.

For more information about the Best Buy sustainability program visit


* Utility savings calculated over the product lifetime.



Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint recognized at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies

Best Buy’s five-year-long drive to reduce its carbon footprint recognized at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) White House ceremonies