Target® Seeks LEED Certification for All 2013 Canadian Store Locations
TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - As part of Target's long-term commitment to
sustainable business practices, the company today announced it is pursuing
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all
Canadian stores opening in 2013. Design plans include conserving energy and
water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting waste sent to landfill,
among other features. Target's approach to environmental sustainability is
integrated throughout the business, from how stores are built to the products
on the shelves.
Target is 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. This will make
Target a leader among Canadian mass retailers when it comes to LEED buildings.
"We take our role as good corporate citizen very seriously, and we're proud
that Target is making a firm commitment to sustainability in Canada," said
Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada. "Striving for LEED certification at our
124 stores opening in 2013 is important as we seek to use our resources
responsibly and maintain the health of our communities."
"By seeking to transform its portfolio to high-performing, LEED-certified
sustainable buildings, Target is setting an important, positive example for
the retail industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair,
USGBC. "Target will improve environmental performance and achieve operational
and utility savings. In addition, the educational materials that Target has
developed for its partners are outstanding resources for teaching field teams
how to implement LEED across a large portfolio of building projects."
Target sites will be renovated for a period of six to nine months prior to
opening.An investment of more than $10 million will be spent remodeling each
location, including LEED preparations, to ensure a true Target brand shopping
experience for Canadian guests.Target stores will be opening throughout
2013, starting in March/April. Design plans for future stores will be
announced at a later date.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at 1,781 stores
across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its
first stores in Canada in 2013. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its
profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more
than $4 million a week. For more information about Target's commitment to
corporate responsibility, visit Target.ca.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable
future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works
toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building
certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of
chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference &
Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables
green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and
Target Media Hotline, (612) 696-3400 Lisa Gibson, Target Public Relations,
SOURCE: Target Canada
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