A Closer Look at Green Retail Facilities

June 18, 2009

Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the ENERGY STAR® labeling system in 1992, the rating wasn’t available for retail facilities until October 2007.

Now, the well-known energy-efficiency rating isn’t the only thing motivating retail facilities to go green – growing concern about global climate change and the need to cut costs in the tough economic environment are driving retail facilities now more than ever to implement sustainable practices.

Here’s how a few retailers are engaging in energy efficiency in their facilities – and saving both kinds of green.

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