The supplier of office products and services, Office Depot, has recently pledge to join the US Environmental Protection Agency’s energy efficient buildings as its new stores are now designed to promote sustainability. Office Depot’s existing and new stores, according to a report, reduced its energy consumption by 27.5 percent.
Inline with EPA awards, Metro has recently been awarded with the prestigious Energy Star rating by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Metro’s head office building is located at One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles.
Office Depot, according to company information, is the first general retailer non-supermarket to be recognized by the EPA for realizing above 20 percent energy reduction for its new stores.
The company is also celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. According to Edward Costa, Office Depot’s Vice President of Construction, the office supplier is please to joined EPA’s Energy Star Leader list, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship, while lowering its new stores’ energy costs.
Energy efficient features in Office Depot’s new stores include retrofitting lighting system, upgraded its energy management systems, converting to LED its existing exit signs in stores, and major de-lamping, which removes one out of three lamps per branch.
The company’s first LEED gold-certified store is located at Austin, Texas in 2008.
Office Depot’s existing and new stores also upgraded HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) systems nationwide. Motion detectors were also installed in bathrooms and receiving Office Depot’s stores and distribution centers.
The company is said to practice ENERGY STAR certification for its new stores and 185 eligible sites will be using the ENERGY STAR ratings to boosts energy efficiency in all its less efficient stores.