Target outlines environmental sustainability efforts
December 8, 2010,
Minneapolis - Target Corp. is outlining an aggressive approach to sustainability with its newly released company-wide commitment to the environment.
Target's environmental efforts also include several newly set milestones to achieve over the next five-year period.
The company has listed its commitments to environmental sustainability, along with additional sustainability efforts, at its hereforgood.target.com/environment website.
These commitments include:
- Expanding the selection of sustainable product choices;
- Creating buildings that use space more efficiently;
- Using resources responsibly, eliminating waste, and minimizing its carbon footprint.
The longer-term milestones for 2016 for resource use, waste elimination and carbon footprint reduction include:
- Reducing the percentage of operating waste sent to landfills by 15%;
- Reducing water usage by 10% percent per square foot;
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10% per square foot and 20% per dollar of retail sales;
- Earning the "Energy Star" label from the Environmental Protection Agency for at least 75% of its buildings;
- Improving the efficiency of general merchandise transportation inbound to distribution centers by 15% and outbound by 20%, and supporting the adoption of cleaner and more fuel-efficient transportation practices.
"Target's portfolio-wide approach to tracking energy performance exemplifies how benchmarking can drive improved energy efficiency and carbon reductions," said Alyssa Quarforth, national program manager for commercial property markets, Energy Star.