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Target Canada seeks LEED certification

Toronto - Target said it is pursuing Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all of its 124 Canadian stores opening in 2013, in line with the discount chain's long-term sustainable business practices efforts.

Looking to conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and limit waste sent to landfill, Target will spend more than $10 million remodeling each location, including LEED preparations.

Under renovation for a period of six to nine months each, the Canadian Target stores will be opening throughout 2013 starting in March/April. Design plans for future stores will be announced at a later date.

Target noted its approach to environmental sustainability "is integrated throughout the business, from how stores are built to the products on the shelves."

Target is said to be among the first organizations in Canada to be part of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED Volume Program, which streamlines the certification process for multiple buildings of a similar type.


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