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Kohl’s named Energy Star Partner of the Year for 10th consecutive year


It’s an even 10 for Kohl’s Corp. as the retailer is recognized for its longstanding commitment to energy efficiency.

The retailer received the 2021 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. It is the 10th consecutive year that the EPA has recognized Kohl’s with the award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the program.

More than 90% of Kohl’s stores are Energy Star certified, including two locations that were newly certified within the past year. The company continues to retrofit its stores with high-efficiency lighting to reduce emissions and save electricity. In 2020, Kohl’s converted 45 stores to lighting fixtures with LEDs, which will help save more than 10 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.

“Kohl’s has been a longtime partner of the EPA on our journey to continually implement the best practices available in energy efficiency across our store network and facilities to reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to fight climate change,” said Steve Thomas, Kohl’s chief risk and compliance officer. “This recognition is a tangible way to show our associates, our customers, our communities and our business partners the work that our teams do ‘behind-the-scenes’ to operate our business efficiently and conscientiously.”

Kohl’s customers can check to see if their local Kohl’s stores are Energy Star certified by looking for the Energy Star decals at the front entrances of certified stores. (For a complete list of 2021 Energy Star winners and more information about the awards program, visit

In addition to the Energy Star award, Kohl’s has been recognized recently in the following areas for demonstrating its commitment to implementing the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives.

•    In 2020, Kohl’s was recognized with a SmartWay 2020 Excellence Award from the EPA as an industry leader in freight supply chain, environmental performance and energy efficiency. 

Kohl’s was one of just 17 shipper and logistics companies to receive the distinction last year, in recognition of the company’s sustainability efforts and exceptional performance moving goods in the cleanest and most energy-efficient way possible, leading to cleaner and healthier communities.

•    Kohl’s was also named to the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America by S&P Global, marking the third year in a row the company received this recognition based on financially material ESG factors. The DJSI helps to evaluate a company’s impact on people, communities and the planet for socially conscious investors.

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