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EPA applauds JCP enviro efforts

Plano, Texas -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named J. C. Penney Company, Inc. the 2007 Energy Star Retail Partner of the Year for the retailer’s energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

JCPenney will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 21.

JCPenney has been participating in the Energy Star program since July 2005. Its Energy Management team implemented several energy conservation projects and developed programs to engage associates across its store base to find and share energy-saving ideas. Despite increase in both store operating hours and gross building area, JCP managed to cut its total energy consumption in 2006.

"The success of JCPenney in proactively managing energy use is a model for businesses across the country," said Bill Wehrum, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Because buildings contribute about 20 percent of our national greenhouse gas emissions, effective energy management helps the bottom line and protects our environment."

Energy Star was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. More than 9,000 organizations participate in the program.

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