Making our own homes more sustainable.
We proudly manage our West Coast operations at the largest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold–certified space in the U.S. at our Distribution Center in Tracy, California. We also achieved this high-level LEED Gold certification at our store at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham, North Carolina—one of only a few retail stores in the United States to receive this designation.
We continue to pursue sustainable practices and standards, including Energy Star certifications, throughout our stores and corporate facilities to reduce our daily energy consumption.
More energy efficient lighting.
Almost all Crate and Barrel stores have now converted to 45-watt low energy lighting systems, reducing energy consumption by 30 to 40 percent. Stores built after 2010 use 20-watt lighting, supplemented by skylights in stockrooms and daylight harvesting to provide natural illumination during daytime operations. At our warehouse locations, we are in the process of converting 1,000-watt lighting fixtures to more energy-efficient 400-watt fixtures. And our warehouses now have sensor aisle lights that illuminate only when in use.
More energy efficient HVAC systems.
We have installed HVAC Energy Management systems in many of our store locations. These new systems reduce energy consumption by 10 percent.
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink everything, every day.
We currently have a very successful recycling program at our stores, warehouses and corporate offices in which we recycle corrugated cardboard and plastic. We are also initiating plans to backhaul recycling material from our stores to our warehouses. Recycling efforts are being expanded to include office paper, plastic, bottles and cans. We will continue to challenge our store and logistics operations to work toward Zero Waste.