Staples recognized for its sustained leadership to protect the environment

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (April 14, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Staples with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

Staples, an ENERGY STAR partner since 1992, will be honored for their energy efficient achievements of the certification of 612 total buildings, and recertification of 33 buildings in 2015. Staples was a strong competitor in the EPA Better Buildings Challenge committing to reduce energy intensity by 25 percent by 2020 and to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2025. Overall, Staples achieved an average of 30 percent portfolio-wide reduction in energy intensity over the past few years with its energy efficiency programs, including green power investments, providing 18 million kWh of clean energy from solar in 2015.
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“Staples truly values its partnership with ENERGY STAR,” said Bob Valair, director of energy and environmental management, Staples, Inc. “It’s exciting to see the impact we’ve made through our energy efficiency programs and we remain committed to continuing our work to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.”

Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

“By continued collaboration with ENERGY STAR, Staples is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “I’m proud to recognize Staples with the highest form of ENERGY STAR recognition, as the winner of the 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Staples demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”

The 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing harmful carbon pollution through superior energy efficiency efforts. These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

For a complete list of 2016 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

Source: Staples, Inc.