sustainable operations

We're committed to achieving milestones in our business by creating efficient buildings and spaces, using resources responsibly, eliminating waste and minimizing our carbon footprint.

enhancing communities

Exterior of Target's San Rafael, CA store

Being a retail leader in smart development means enriching communities, neighborhoods and surrounding areas by revitalizing business districts, attracting additional services and designing to the neighborhood. For example, we take steps to protect and preserve water resources and the surrounding habitats on and near our property using conservation easements. When we can, we also clean up and redevelop landfills and other brownfield areas, giving them new lives as sites for our stores.

reducing greenhouse gas emissions

grocery freezers with juice

We disclose our company's carbon emissions each year through the Carbon Disclosure Project link opens in a new windowand we’re working toward our goal to lessen our impact through more energy-efficient store design, new lighting technologies and experiments with renewable energy. We also joined the more than 50 food retailers in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill programlink opens in a new window working to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the environment.

reducing waste

Recycle logo

We’re careful about our recycling and disposal practices for electronic waste as well as merchandise and materials we use in our supply chain. Our teams work together to improve our packaging designs using fewer components, minimize the volume of trash we produce and reuse, donate or recycle more materials. Our goal is to reduce our operating waste by 15 percent by the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

strong stewardship

Chicago CityTarget store

We're making an effort to re-work previously developed sites and retail spaces. Approximately one quarter of our stores are located in space that was once used for another purpose. For example, our Target store in downtown Chicago (pictured) is housed in the historic Louis Sullivan-designed building that was formerly home to the flagship Carson Pirie Scott department store.

more efficient transportation

truck with Target product

Another of our goals is to adopt cleaner and more fuel-efficient transportation practices. While we don’t own or operate the fleets that carry our freight, we work closely with carriers, vendors and other partners to help put more efficient processes in place. In 2008, we joined the EPA's SmartWay Transportation Partnership, which includes an annual carbon footprint assessment of domestic transportation operations.

conserving water

Using water more efficiently is an important way we support our communities, so we design and build our stores with water-saving features, such as plumbing fixtures that cut our water use by up to 30 percent. Our goal is to reduce our overall water use by 10 percent per square foot by the end of 2015.

earning the ENERGY STAR

compact-fluorescent lightbulbs

Conserving energy is important, so we partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency link opens in a new window(EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energylink opens in a new window to meet their efficiency standards. One thousand of our stores have already earned ENERGY STARlink opens in a new window certifications, and feature low-wattage light fixtures; LED lights and motions sensors in the refrigerators; and other energy-saving initiatives. We're moving closer to our goal of earning ENERGY STAR status in at least 75 percent of our U.S. buildings by the end of 2015.

running on solar power

As part of our commitment to supporting our communities, Target has a long-term interest in designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Our goal is to support renewable energy by increasing the number of buildings with rooftop solar panels to 500 by 2020. We’re increasingly meeting a portion of our energy needs with solar power. Currently, our stores that use solar power generate between 15 and 30 percent of their energy from solar, easing the burden on local power grids. We may sell the renewable energy certificates for that energy.

growing responsibly

Exterior of a Target store at night against a city skyline

As we build more stores in convenient locations for guests, especially in urban areas, we’ll continue to focus on responsible growth—where guests live and work, and near mass transit.

stormwater management systems

An example of a rain garden in front of a Target store

When it rains, it pours. So as part of our commitment to smart development, we’ve created a comprehensive stormwater management system for each of our stores, and we’re always exploring new design innovations to reduce and improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Examples of these systems include bioswales (landscape elements designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water) at our store in Redmond, Wash., rain gardens at our store in Edina, Minn., and permeable pavement at our store in Brandon, Fla.