Office Depot (NYSE:ODP) announced that it cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a total of 10.1 percent from its North American retail stores, warehouses, and offices.
They didn't buy green power or offset their carbon emissions. Instead, they used the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to cut emissions: energy efficiency.
The company installed one of the largest energy efficiency lighting retrofits ever by changing over its North American stores to T5 energy-efficient lights. They also installed super-efficient HVAC systems and added sensors that automatically turn off lighting in rooms with no occupants (I think this is a no-brainer for any business). Office Depot's new Energy Management System will also allow the company to track energy usage and trends and set the temperature for all stores. Expansion didn't have to stall while energy efficiency was improved, either.
From 2005-2006, total facilities' footprint increased by 1.7 million square feet: Proof that expansion, development, and growth does not have to come at the expense of a commonsense energy plan.
via Environmental Leader