Sears To Compete in EPA’s National Building Competition

by Nate Hunter

Hoffman Estates, IL — Sears Holdings has again been selected to participate in the EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.


Hoffman Estate, IL — Sears Holdings has again been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, which is designed to help improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment. Sears Holdings has entered 56 facilities that will battle it out against thousands of other teams representing buildings across the country. All efforts will be focused on eliminating waste through improvements in energy efficiency with help from EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.

“Sears Holdings is honored to be a part of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition for the third consecutive year,” says Rajan Penkar, senior vice president and president, supply chain. “This year, we are dramatically increasing the number of facilities which we have entered into the competition and are looking to take our energy management program to the next level. We look forward to another year of tight competition and watching our energy use and greenhouse gas emissions drop as a result.” 

The teams in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition represent more than 30 different types of commercial buildings — such as retail stores, schools, hotels and museums — and hail from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

Competitors will measure and track their building’s monthly energy consumption using EPA’s ENERGY STAR online tracking tool, Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building’s energy performance; and share their progress. Of the initial pool of nearly 3,300 competitors, the building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner in April 2013.

According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted.

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