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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H&M on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Top 100 list of the largest green power users

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes H&M for leading green power use and for reducing carbon footprint.

STOCKHOLM, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M appears as No. 32 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users. H&M is using nearly 172 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s electricity use. This demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives.

In addition to H&M’s spot on the National Top 100 list, H&M also appears as No. 5 on the Top 30 Retail list. This green power commitment also qualifies H&M for EPA’s Green Power Leadership Club, a distinction given to organizations that have significantly exceeded EPA’s minimum requirements. Green Power Leadership Club members must use ten times the Partnership’s minimum green power use requirement organization-wide.

“We congratulate H&M for using green power and taking a leadership position on the environment. H&M’s impressive green power commitment helps to reduce carbon pollution and provides an excellent example for other organizations to follow, sayes James Critchfield, Director of the Green Power Partnership.”

According to the U.S. EPA, H&M’s green power use of nearly 172 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity use of more than 16,000 average American homes annually.

About EPA’s Green Power Partnership:
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 is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500®companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities.


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Best Buy and LG: Recycle aging fridges and upgrade to new energy-efficient models with EPA’s “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Richfield, Minnesota, 2015-4-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Earth Day, Best Buy and LG Electronics USA have joined forces to help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launch its “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, encouraging consumers to responsibly recycle their aging fridges and upgrade to new, energy-efficient models.

The EPA kicked off the campaign on today’s special Earth Day episode of the Emmy® Award-winning daytime talk show, featuring LG ENERGY STAR certified appliances available at Best Buy. And earlier this month, Best Buy was honored with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

The “Flip Your Fridge” campaign launch includes a complete ENERGY STAR kitchen and laundry makeover for a lucky Ellen viewer and a social media contest in which other Ellen viewers have the opportunity to win the same appliances. In addition, as part of today’s Earth Day episode of Ellen, all audience members received two $500 Best Buy gift card thanks to Ellen, LG and Best Buy to use toward the purchase of an ENERGY STAR certified LG kitchen or laundry appliance of their choice.

Replacing an old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR certified model will save energy, save money and help protect the climate. According to the EPA, if you “Flip Your Fridge,” you can save as much as $260 over the next five years and reduce your carbon footprint by 7,900 pounds.


Best Buy and LG: Recycle aging fridges and upgrade to new energy-efficient models with EPA's “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Best Buy and LG: Recycle aging fridges and upgrade to new energy-efficient models with EPA’s “Flip Your Fridge” ENERGY STAR® campaign on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Best Buy earns two sustainability awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and high CDP rating

WASHINGTON, DC, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — Just a week after announcing it had achieved its 1 billion pounds e-cycling goal, Best Buy has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with two sustainability awards.

On Tuesday, the EPA honored Best Buy through the national 2014 Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge. The Challenge encourages equipment manufacturers and retailers to promote responsible electronics recycling.

Best Buy’s Gold Participant Award recognized the company as a “true leader” for the sheer amount of used electronics recycled, its work with third-party certified recyclers, and its promotion of the program to customers.

In addition, Best Buy received the Champion Award, a nod to how established the recycling program is, and the positive social and environmental impacts that have come from it.


NYSE Event Recognizes Best Buy’s CDP Rating

Just as EPA ceremonies convened in Washington, Best Buy was recognized on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by environmental nonprofit CDP as a climate change leader among S&P 500 companies. Best Buy received a score of 98 A-, demonstrating a high level of transparency and data quality in its disclosure of climate-related information.

The CDP report is generated at the request of more than 700 institutional investors who collectively manage $87 trillion in assets. These investors evaluate how companies address risks and opportunities associated with greenhouse gas emissions and natural resources. This is the third year that Best Buy has achieved a position in CDP’s S&P 500 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.

Best Buy continues to focus on sustainable practices because it’s good for business, people and the planet. To learn more about the CDP and Best Buy’s participation, visit CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2014.


Pictured are Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response; Scott Weislow, Senior Director of Environmental Services at Best Buy; and Tim Dunn, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Best Buy.

Pictured are Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response; Scott Weislow, Senior Director of Environmental Services at Best Buy; and Tim Dunn, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at Best Buy.

The Home Depot® honored with SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year

Award Recipients are Top Program Performers and Leaders for Freight Supply Chain Efficiency

ATLANTA, 2014-9-24— /EPR Retail News/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, was honored with a SmartWay®Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. The Home Depot demonstrated top environmental performance by effectively hauling all freight with environmentally and energy efficient SmartWay carriers.

“We’re honored to once again be recognized by SmartWay and continue to stress the importance and our dedication to serve as leaders in the freight industry with environmentally and energy efficient operations,” said Michelle Livingstone, vice president of transportation at The Home Depot.

The Home Depot was one of 11 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s nearly 3,000 partners. The shipper and logistics Excellence Awardees were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas on September 23, 2014.

“On the occasion of our 10 year anniversary, EPA applauds this year’s SmartWay Excellence Award recipients. They have demonstrated true leadership in improving operational efficiency and reducing climate altering carbon pollution. These firms are leading their business community to a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable future for goods movement,” said Chris Grundler, director, EPA’s Office of Transportation & Air Quality. “Their freight efficiency efforts foster a more sustainable economy and strengthen energy security, while generating environmental results.”

About The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,266 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2013, The Home Depot had sales of $78.8 billion and earnings of $5.4 billion. The company employs more than 300,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

About SmartWay
EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally-friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 120.7 million barrels of oil and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 37,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.