One thousand Target buildings have earned ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Department of Ener

Star Power: How Target Makes Energy Efficiency a Priority

Target just hit a stellar sustainability milestone: 1,000 Target buildings have earned ENERGY STAR certification from the U.S. Department of Energy! The Bullseye is now officially the retailer with the most certified buildings in the country, and moving closer to the goal of earning ENERGY STAR status in at least 75 percent of U.S. buildings by 2015. The certification means that a building demonstrates superior performance in efficient energy use, comfort and air quality when compared to similar buildings. In fact, the average Target store uses less energy than four out of five typical retail buildings!

Many of Target’s energy efficiency and other sustainability upgrades are above the ceilings, behind walls and on the roof of Target stores, they may not be immediately recognizable to guests (though everyone can spot that big red Bullseye reusable bag!). We’ll take you behind the scenes of just a few.

In addition to energy efficiency, Target continues to support renewable energy. Target is turning to solar power, which generates between 15 and 30 percent of energy in stores that use rooftop panels. In fact, Target plans to grow the number of buildings with solar panels to 200 by 2020 — now that is a pretty bright idea.

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