Target gains LEED certification in Canada
Retail Editor 2 -- Home Textiles Today, September 12, 2013
Mississauga, Ontario -- An additional 44 Target Corp. store locations in Canada have been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, bringing all 68 of the discounter's newly opened stores there to carry the distinction - a first for a major retailer in Canada.
Target is pursuing LEED certification for all of the 124 stores scheduled to open in Canada this year. It is obtaining LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Volume Program, which streamlines the certification process for buildings in both Canada and the U.S.
"Environmental sustainability at Target is fundamental to our business, and we have been working hard in Canada over the past few years to open our most sustainable collection of stores to date," said Derek Jenkins, svp, external relations, Target Canada. "We are confident that all 124 store locations opening this year will be awarded LEED certification, making Target a leader among Canadian mass retailers when it comes to having sustainable store buildings."
In order to obtain certification, remaining Target stores will undergo various rounds of audits throughout 2013, which must meet stringent criteria across five LEED categories: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Target locations awarded LEED certification include:
12 in British Columbia: Campbell River, Discovery Harbour Shopping, Centre Coquitlam, Coquitlam Centre Courtenay, Driftwood Mall Cranbrook, Tamarack Mall Delta, Scottsdale Mall Kamloops, Sahali Centre Mall Kelowna, Orchard Plaza Langley, Willowbrook Shopping Centre Nanaimo, Nanaimo North Town Centre Prince George, Pine Centre Vernon, Village Green Mall Victoria, and Tillicum Centre.
13 in Alberta: Calgary, Chinook Centre Calgary, Forest Lawn Shopping Centre Calgary, Market Mall Calgary, Shoppes at Shawnessy Calgary, Signal Hill Centre Edmonton, Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre Edmonton, Mill Woods Town Centre Edmonton, West Edmonton Mall Grande Prairie, Prairie Mall Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat Mall Red Deer, Bower Place Sherwood Park, Sherwood Park Mall St. Albert, and St. Albert Centre.
Three in Saskatchewan: Regina: Northgate Shopping Centre Saskatoon, The Mall at Lawson Heights Saskatoon, and Centre at Circle & Eighth.
Three in Manitoba: Brandon, Shoppers Mall Winnipeg, Kildonan Place Shopping Centre Winnipeg, and Southdale Centre.
13 in Ontario: Ancaster, Meadowlands Power Centre Brampton, Bramalea City Centre Chatham, Thames Lea Plaza Hamilton, South Hamilton Square Hamilton, Queenston Place Kingston, Cataraqui Town Centre Kitchener, Laurentian Power Centre Niagara Falls, -7190 Morrison Street North Bay, 1899 Algonquin Avenue Oakville, South Oakville Centre Oshawa, Five Points Mall Thunder Bay, Intercity Shopping Centre Welland, and Seaway Mall.
"LEED is a rigorous leadership standard, and obtaining even a single certification is a significant achievement," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, ceo and founding chair, USGBC. "For Target, securing certification for this portfolio of buildings is truly extraordinary. We congratulate Target and commend it for its demonstrated commitment to creating healthier buildings and communities throughout Canada."
Mednick Talks to HTT about Online Trends for Textiles