Having solar panels has, to this point, been a luxury item and, even in the corporate world, only the elite brands (those we all know make tons of money) have been making the commitment to change to solar power.
Kohl’s Department Stores has taken their commitment to using solar (as part of their energy usage reduction plan) so much more mainstream.
The brand recognizes that as a company that focuses on their retail stores, their biggest environmental impact is in energy usage. How about these accomplishments (taken from http://www.kohlsgreenscene.com/Energy/EnergyEfficiency.html):
- 50 ENERGY STAR labeled stores
- 116 activated solar sites
- #1 Retailer for Green Power Purchases, #2 Overall and #12 for On-Site Generation
- 100% of all Power used by Kohl’s comes from renewable energy sources
- Energy Star Partner of the Year Award—2010 and 2011
As more companies prove that you can be both environmentally friendly and profitable, choices will open up. For example, look at what is happening at Johnson & Johnson or IKEA or Google. It is so exciting that it might be time to start looking at the companies we buy from every day and try to make buying choices that reflect environmental values.
The Johnson & Johnson Solar Array – the largest solar array in New Jersey