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Kohl's recognized for commitment to reducing waste through environmentally responsible business initiatives
Submitted by: Kohl's Department Stores
Posted: Mar 24, 2010 – 08:00 AM EST
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Mar. 24 /CSRwire/ - Kohl's Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) announced today that the company has received a Gold Achievement Award for Green Purchasing from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) WasteWise Partnership. The award recognizes the company's purchase and use of recycled and environmentally responsible materials throughout its operations. Kohl's received the award on March 22 at the annual WasteWise awards ceremony in Arlington, Va.
"As an environmental leader in our industry, we're committed to using resources wisely and continuing to identify strategies that reduce waste throughout our supply chain," said Ken Bonning, Kohl's executive vice president of store planning and logistics. "We aim to make environmentally responsible choices when it comes to the materials we use, how we use them and how we transport them. While waste reduction initiatives like our recycling program and shipping efficiencies are beneficial for our business, we're inspired by their positive, long-term environmental benefit."
Kohl's has been an active member of EPA's WasteWise Partnership since January 2007. EPA launched WasteWise in January 1994 as a voluntary partnership program designed to help organizations implement practical methods for reducing municipal solid waste. The program has more than 2,000 partners nationwide and focuses on three elements of waste reduction – waste prevention, recycling and buying or manufacturing recycled content products.
According to EPA, research has shown that conserving materials through waste prevention and recycling saves energy and reduces pollution, including emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Kohl's has a longstanding commitment to waste prevention and recycling as part of its business practices.
Ongoing efforts include:
Additional details about Kohl's environmental efforts are available at www.kohlsgreenscene.com. For more information about EPA's WasteWise Partnership, visit http://www.epa.gov/waste/partnerships/wastewise/index.htm.
About Kohl's Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. By the end of March, Kohl's will operate 1,067 stores in 49 states. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $126 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares for Kids® philanthropic program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.kohls.com.
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