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Macy’s Takes on the Better Buildings Challenge for Energy Efficient Upgrades

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Energy efficiency is a resource. It’s an industry. It creates jobs and boosts the economy. Macy’s was quick to realize this, and that’s why energy efficiency is now an integral part of the retailer’s business plan.

Macy’s isn’t only a leader in sustainable business practices, but also a model. Macy’s is becoming a leading example through the Better Buildings Challenge, sharing analytics as well as lessons learned for other companies and industries to take advantage of.

To learn more about the Better Buildings Challenge, as well as Macy’s involvement, read the article and watch the video below.


Originally written by Tina Casey for TriplePundit

Macy’s has joined a national energy efficient upgrade initiative called the Better Buildings Challenge, and at first glance, that seems like one tall order for the iconic retailer. Better Buildings aims to tap leading companies as role models for giving older buildings a green makeover.

Macy’s has not exactly planted a green image of itself in the public’s mind, say on the order of other retailers like Ikea or Walmart. However, Macy’s has followed a sustainability initiative for years, most notably with solar power installments, LED lighting replacements, employee awareness, as well as recycling and conservation practices.

Macy’s and Sustainability
Macy’s has emerged as one of the top five solar power users in the U.S. in the commercial sector, according to rankings compiled by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Only Walmart, GM, Ikea and Kohl’s ranked higher in the survey.

In the context of the Better Buildings Initiative, rooftop solar power can be the low-hanging fruit of energy upgrades for some companies. Your building doubles as a valuable energy-harvesting site, you don’t have to alter anything inside, and you get to use your clean energy as a promotional tool, too.

Macy’s has also put itself in the vanguard of high efficiency lighting by replacing more than one million conventional accent bulbs with high efficiency LEDs. In this class of lighting, Macy’s estimates that it has reduced energy consumption by 70 percent.

That leads to the main reason why Macy’s stands out as a Better Buildings leader. Within the goal of energy conservation and sustainability, the company maintains razor sharp clarity on its central mission - to run a profitable business. That’s a perfect position for demonstrating that a well-planned conservation strategy can strengthen the bottom line.

The Better Buildings Initiative
President Obama launched Better Buildings in 2011, with a raft of leading corporate partners already lined up. Starbucks, Staples and J.R. Simplot joined in last year. In this latest round of partnerships, Johnson Controls and Sprint have signed on along with Macy’s.

Between Macy’s, Johnson Controls and Sprint alone, the goal is to cut energy use by at least 20 percent by 2020 in a combined total of 200 million square feet of space. Aside from reducing their own expenses, as Better Buildings partners the three companies will contribute their data and experiences to a shared knowledge platform.

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