The focus of most retail stores is savings: savings on clothes, electronics, food, and this, that, and the other. But for the past seven years, Lowe’s home improvement stores have done more than preserve your hard-earned dollars — it’s also done its part in preserving the environment. Earlier today, Lowe’s announced a fruit of that green labor: the first winner of the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in Retail.
Set to receive the award on March 18 in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Lowe’s the recipient of the award due to the company’s “outstanding achievements year after year in customer outreach, employee training and product selection, and for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through its industry-leading commitment to energy efficiency.” Since 2003, Lowe’s has netted eight consecutive awards, including four Energy Star Partner of the Year awards for their efforts in educating their clientele in energy efficiency.
Lowe’s notable energy efficiency-conscientious achievements in 2009 range from increasing the availability and variety of in-store Energy Star products to partnering with more than 40 utility companies to plan energy efficiency rebate events.