These days many corporations work hard to contribute to healthy, sustainable communities. Target has set a standard in environmental sustainability and proved itself as a company deeply committed to integrating sustainability in all spheres of its operations. From the way Target builds its stores to the sourcing of products available on its shelves, the company has invested in the health and sustainability of the communities where the stores operate. Since opening the first store and through the present day Target continues to integrate sustainable practices across the business with a focus on using resources responsibly, reducing waste and decreasing its carbon footprint.
The company is seriously committed to recycling and disposal practices for electronic waste and other merchandise and materials used in the operational process. The teams of dedicated employees are constantly seeking solutions for improving packaging designs so they could use fewer components, reduce the amount of trash produced and reused, donate or recycle more materials. By the end of the 2015 fiscal year the company will have reduced its operating waste by 15 percent.
Check out the Carbon Disclosure Project to learn about the level of the company's carbon emissions produced each year. The objective of the company is to minimize the negative impact of the carbon emissions by incorporating more energy-efficient store design, new lighting technologies and systems of renewable energy. Target has become a member of over 50 food retailers in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) GreenChill program started with the goal to help eliminate refrigerant emissions and minimize their impact on the environment.
Throughout the years Target has been committed to designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. The company objective is to increase the number of buildings with rooftop solar panels to 500 by 2020. Each year more and more energy needs of the company are met through efficient use of solar power. Today Target stores that use solar power generate from 15 to 30 percent of their energy from solar, reducing the burden on local power grids.
Understanding that the efficient use of water is essential for supporting local communities, Target equips its stores with water-saving features, such as plumbing fixtures that decrease the use of water by up to 30 percent. By the end of 2015 the company plans to reduce its overall water use by 10 percent per square foot.
Conserving energy is an important part of Target sustainability program, so the company has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy in order to meet their efficiency standards. One thousand of Target stores have already earned ENERGY STAR certifications, and are equipped with low-wattage light fixtures; LED lights and motions sensors in the refrigerators; and other energy-saving features. By the end of 2015 the company plans to earn ENERGY STAR status in 75 percent of its U.S. buildings.
In addition, the company announced that all new Target stores in Canada will be LEED certified and plans to develop minimum 50 owned brand packaging designs that would meet the sustainability standards. Believing that with united efforts greater results can be achieved Target encourages its customers and partners to join their sustainability practices in order to starts shaping a healthier and more sustainable future today.