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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 01/19/2018

SOLAR PRODUCTION97.0MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
1,494 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 79.5 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
1,225 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $10,728 DOLLARS SAVED
$165,242 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 176,535 MILES NOT DRIVEN
2,719,174 YTD

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11/13/2013

Macy’s Martinsburg, WV Distribution Center Goes Green with Sustainable Building Practices

POSTED UNDER Buildings

Macy’s has a running sustainability goal to increase the use of sustainable building materials in all major construction projects year by year. With each new Macy’s construction project, sustainability is taken into consideration from the very beginning of planning up until the ribbon cutting. This is good for the environment and our bottom line.

On April 15, 2011, Macy’s broke ground in Martinsburg, West Virginia for a new 1.3 million square foot online sales distribution center for the East Coast. It employed 3,000 people to build the center and employs 1,200 associates full-time and 700 additional associates during peak season.

What makes the Martinsburg distribution center sustainable?

  • “Solar array ready roof” - This includes increased structural steel supports to carry the additional weight of solar panels that will be installed in the future
  • A white roof which reflects sunlight and reduces heat gain, making the building more energy efficient
  • Low flow water fixtures like waterless urinals, automatic flow valves, dual flush toilets and low flow showers
  • Water efficient landscaping using native plants that do not require irrigation
  • Low VOC adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings
  • Solar tubes installed over mezzanine work areas equipped with light sensors to turn on lights when ambient light is low (These solar tubes are skylights which refract, reflect and magnify the light using a series of mirrors. The end result gives the appearance of a light fixture, but provides natural light which reduces energy consumption)
  • Occupancy sensor controls which turn off lights when no one is around, conserving electricity
  • LED parking lot lighting**
  • Marmoleum, an all-natural, bio-based flooring alternative to linoleum is used where appropriate, i.e., in the kitchen and restrooms
  • For low emitting/fuel efficient vehicles, preferred parking spaces are provided

Just about every possible aspect of construction provides a chance to be sustainable, and Macy’s intends on taking full advantage.

** LED fixtures use approximately half as much energy as comparable fluorescent fixtures, making them much more energy efficient. Macy’s has already incorporated LED spotlights and LED lit showcases in our store designs and installations and more are planned for coming years