Kohl’s Department Stores Activates Its Largest Solar Project at Maryland E-Commerce Distribution Center

  Kohl’s Department Stores Activates Its Largest Solar Project at Maryland
  E-CommerceDistribution Center

     Solar panels willprovide more than 40 percent of the energy for the
  distribution center, which is the company’s first LEED-certified logistics
                                   facility

Business Wire

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. -- December 18, 2012

Kohl’s Department Stores(NYSE: KSS) today announced activation of the
company’s largest solar project at its million-square-foot e-commerce
fulfillment center (EFC) in Edgewood, Md. The EFC opened in 2011 and recently
earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificationfrom
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the gold level. The location is
Kohl’ssixthsolar site in Maryland. It is also the company’s first
LEED-certified logistics facility.

“The Edgewood facility demonstrates Kohl’s collective approach to
environmental responsibility in many ways, including our commitment to
collaboration with our partners and expanding our successful programs such as
solar and LEED certification,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief
administrative officer. “We worked with experts internally and externally to
maximize the sustainable aspects of this site, which ranged from expanding
onto and retrofitting an existing building structure to addressing the nature
of the distribution center as an industrial, round-the-clock facility with
different operational considerations than what our stores may have. We are
very pleased with the results and look forward to carrying forward what we
have learned into future building and LEED projects.”

The Edgewood EFC’s 2.4 MW, 8,360-panel rooftop solar array will generate more
than 3 million kWh of electricity annually and provide more than 40 percent of
the facility’s energy. Up until this project, Kohl’s largest solar site was
its San Bernardino, Calif. distribution center with a 1 MW, 6,208-panel
rooftop solar array. As one of the largest single retail hosts of solar power
in North America, Kohl’s solar portfolio now totals nearly42 MW, generating
more than 57,400 Megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity annually.

The company has also made continued progress related to its commitment to
environmentally responsible building design, construction and
operation.Beginning with the gold LEED certification of its Milwaukee photo
studio in 2008, Kohl’s set a goal to LEED certify all new corporate buildings
and all newly constructed stores.The company has since earned LEED gold
certification on volume prototypes for new and existing stores, resulting in
more than 300 LEED-certified locations from coast to coast.

In addition to its rooftop solar panels, notable features of Kohl’s EFC
project include:

Building Design and Construction

  *Construction waste managementefforts that diverted 95 percent of
    construction waste from local landfills.
  *More than 32 percent of the construction building materials by cost in the
    EFC are made ofrecycled content.
  *More than 43 percent of the building materials by cost wereregionally
    manufactured or harvestedfrom within 500 miles of the EFC site.
  *Implementation of astringent construction indoor air quality (IAQ)
    management planapplied for all new Kohl’s construction projects, which
    reduces air quality problems resulting from construction activities and
    protects it for future building occupants. The IAQ plan requires
    contractors to shut down air handling systems during activities with air
    quality impacts like sanding and cutting, properly store absorptive
    materials and change air filters regularly.
  *Astorm water pollution prevention programanderosion and sedimentation
    control.
  *Programming and layout developed around a pre-existing structure.Kohl’s
    embraced elements such as the existing multi-level office design. More
    than 99 percent of the structural elements of the existing building were
    maintained and incorporated into the new design.

Exterior

  *Use of awhite membrane roofing materialto reduce the building’s energy
    demand and minimize its heat island impact.
  *Minimized parking lot sizetoreduce runoff and the amount of asphalt
    used. There is also parking allocated for carpools.
  *Use ofnative and adaptive plantsfor landscaping.
  *Reduced light pollutionthrough use of cut-off exterior lighting fixtures
    to direct the light only where required while still maintaining safe
    lighting levels in the parking lot.

Interior

  *Interior finish construction materialsthat contained no or low volatile
    organic compounds.
  *Low-flow interior plumbing fixturesthroughout the facility, resulting in
    more than 35 percent less water use over standard fixtures.
  *High-efficiency lighting, advanced air conditioning and heating systems
    and an integrated control systemto monitor space conditions help make the
    energy use in this building46 percent more efficient than a building
    designed to baseline energy codes.[1]

Kohl’s green power, energy efficiency and sustainable building design,
construction and operation efforts are key components of the company’s
commitment to being a leading environmentally responsible retailerthrough
strategies that include sustainable operations, collaboration throughout its
supply chain and stakeholder engagement. Additional information about Kohl’s
environmental efforts is available at www.KohlsGreenScene.com. Kohl’s
comprehensive environmental program, Advancing Environmental Solutions, is
part of the Kohl’s Cares® philanthropic platform, committed to making
communities happier, healthier, greener places to live and work. Additional
information about Kohl’s Cares is available atwww.Kohls.com/Cares.

About Kohl's

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused,
value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced,
exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home
products in an exciting shopping environment. With a commitment to
environmental leadership, Kohl’s operates1,146stores in 49 states. In
support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than$208million
for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause
merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and
information, or for the added convenience of shopping online,
visitwww.Kohls.com, or join the discussion on
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kohlsor Twitterhttp://twitter.com/Kohls.

[1]equivalent baseline building as determined byASHRAE 90.1

Contact:

Kohl’s
Jen Johnson, 262-703-5241
Jen.Johnson@Kohls.com
or
Kohl’s
Kristen Cunningham, 262-703-7863
Kristen.Cunningham@Kohls.com
or
Kohl’s
Geetha Natarajan, 262-703-2044
Geetha.Natarajan@Kohls.com
 
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