Target Chills Out for a Prestigious EPA Award

December 15, 2011 - Article reads in

Today, the new San Clemente, Calif. Target store became only the 27th retail store in the nation to receive the prestigious Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill GOLD award. Target snagged the award by adopting green refrigeration technology – a change that benefits both Target and the surrounding community. By reducing the overall amount of refrigerants and the amount of harmful refrigerants, Target is creating cleaner communities and helping preserve the ozone layer.

“Fewer than one percent of all food retail stores in the nation have received GreenChill’s Store Certification for environmentally friendlier refrigeration.  With this award, Target joins an elite group of environmental leaders,” said Keilly Witman, GreenChill Program Manager, EPA.

In addition to reducing refrigerant emissions, new and remodeled stores (including the San Clemente store) will use energy-efficient refrigerated cases with LED lighting, anti-sweat controls and motion-sensor technology. If that sounds high tech to you, that’s because it is! The San Clemente store’s greenhouse gas emissions will be at least 75 percent less than the average supermarket.

Target has teamed up with a variety of organizations to make sustainable changes like this over the years. In addition to GreenChill, Target is part of the SmartWay program aimed at reducing transportation-related emissions, part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Retail Energy Alliance and a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that was announced earlier this year, to name a few.  Target also plans to earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR for at least 75 percent of U.S. buildings by 2016.

From the way Target builds its stores to the products on shelves, environmental sustainability is integrated every step of the way.


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