Office Depot reduces energy usage by 27.5%; named Energy Star leader

BOCA RATON Fla. -- Office Depot announced Wednesday that it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Energy Star Leaders for reducing its energy consumption by 27.5% across its building portfolio.

Energy Star Leaders is a group of organizations that have improved energy efficiency across all of the facilities in a portfolio.

According to Office Depot, it is the first non-supermarket retailer to be recognized for realizing a greater than 20% reduction.

"This achievement, combined with our efforts in the area of environmentally sustainable building, demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering energy costs,” said Edward Costa, VP construction for Office Depot.

Office Depot’s energy reduction across 1,123 sites was accomplished as a result of investing in energy efficiency and green building initiatives, including upgrading energy management systems, retrofitting lighting from HID to T5, completing a major re-lamping effort, converting to LED exit signs and upgrading HVAC systems nationwide.