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March 19, 2014

Staples Recognized for Leadership in Energy Efficiency

The Department of Energy on March 13 recognized Staples for its leadership in energy efficiency at the Coppell Fulfillment Center near Dallas, Texas. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, building owners and managers are charged with making their commercial buildings, multifamily housing, and industrial plants and facilities at least 20% more energy-efficient over the next 10 years. Staples—one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies—has committed to reducing energy intensity by 25% in more than 1,700 of its buildings in the next ten years. To date, Staples has improved the energy efficiency of 800 facilities by more than 10%.

As part of their participation in the Better Buildings Challenge, Staples is conducting retrofits in facilities across the United States. At the Coppell Fulfillment Center, Staples deployed an “Eco-Treasure Hunt” program to identify cost-effective ways to save energy in the 245,000-square foot warehouse building. Staples then implemented a number of efficiency measures, including installing LEDs in loading docks and retrofitting with highly efficient fans. These strategies have cut the Coppell Fulfillment Center’s energy costs by 26% annually and saved more than $65,000 on energy bills. Staples is now implementing these strategies at other fulfillment centers across the country. See the Energy Department news release and the Better Buildings Challenge website.