Toronto — Target is pursuing Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for all of its 124 Canadian stores opening in 2013.
Toronto — As part of Target’s long term commitment to sustainable business practices, the company 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 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,” says 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,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Target will improve environmental performance and achieve operational and utility savings.”
Target sites will be renovated for a period of 6 to 9 months prior to opening. An investment of more than $10 million will be spent remodeling each location, including LEED preparations. Target stores will be opening throughout 2013, starting in March/April.
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has 1,781 stores across the United States. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013.