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JCPenney wins ‘Sustained Excellence’ nod on energy use

Plano, Texas – JCPenney is receiving awards from two federal agencies in recognition of the retailer’s ongoing commitment to energy-saving initiatives.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are set to honor 1,093-unit JCP the Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management. This award will be presented at an Energy Star awards ceremony on March 31 in Washington, D.C.

“JCPenney’s leadership on energy efficiency has positively impacted their bottom line and our global environment, showing us all what can be accomplished through sustained commitment and action.” said Kathleen Hogan, director of the Climate Protection Partnerships division at the U.S. EPA.

This year marks JCPenney’s tenth anniversary as a member of the Energy Star program – and it was named an Energy Star Partner of the Year twice -- in 2007 and 2008.

But this year’s award – the Sustained Excellence Award – is the most prestigious. It comes for JCP’s efforts in “using energy efficiently in facility operations and integrating superior energy management into its overall organizational strategy.”

Award winners are selected from more than 12,000 organizations that participate in the energy Star program.

Using the data and tools available through the Energy Star, the retailer said that in 2008 it cut energy use and comparable CO2 emissions across its building portfolio by more than 80 million pounds. The company continues to implement conservation projects and engage its 150,000 associates to seek out innovative ways to save energy.

“Energy Star’s guidelines for superior energy management are integrated throughout our engineering and facility management operations,” said Michael Dastugue, svp and director of property development, JCP. “The knowledge, benchmarks and best practices available through Energy Star have helped us substantially improve energy efficiency, resulting in environmental and financial benefits.”

JCPenney C.A.R.E.S. – which stands for Community, Associates, Responsible Sourcing, Environment and Sustainable Products – is how the mid-tier department store refers to its comprehensive corporate social responsibility program.

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