Protecting our Resources
Coldwater Creek Receives 2006 Green Power Leadership Award
Coldwater Creek has received a 2006 Green Power Leadership award from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) for being the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the apparel industry. The company will offset 100% of its energy usage through wind power purchased through renewable energy certificates totaling 45,000 Megawatts this year alone. The annual award recognizes leading national green power purchasers and suppliers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s green power market.
The 2006 Green Power Leadership Award was presented to Coldwater Creek on December 4, 2006 in conjunction with the Eleventh National Renewable Marketing Conference in San Francisco.
Coldwater Creek listed as EPA Top 10 Retail Green Power Purchaser
As a result of our conversion to wind power, Coldwater Creek has been added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Top 10 retail green power purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. Coldwater Creek is being recognized for its voluntary purchase of 45 million kilowatt-hours of green power to offset 100 percent of its operations’ electricity use.
Appearing for the first time, Coldwater Creek ranks No. 6 on the Top 10 Retail list. This Top 10 list highlights retailers within the Green Power Partnership that have completed the largest annual voluntary green power purchases through September 22, 2006.
Powering the future with the wind
Recognizing the global importance of climate change, Coldwater Creek is offsetting 100% of our energy consumption with renewable energy certificates. On August 1, 2006, we began a companywide conversion to wind-generated electricity to power our Sandpoint headquarters, the West Virginia distribution center, customer contact centers, and retail stores across the nation.
Through this commitment, we are providing concrete support to the burgeoning renewable energy market, encouraging its growth and helping to lessen our country's dependence on fossil fuels. This decision affects communities across the country and the world, and we are proud to be a part of this growing movement.
Joining forces to improve water quality
In our ongoing effort to remain a proactive company when it comes to environmental issues, Coldwater Creek is part of a group of national and international apparel manufacturers committed to developing responsible practices for water usage and wastewater discharge. The member companies in the Apparel Water Quality Working Group have joined forces to help prevent contamination of the world's waterways.
Protecting the environment begins at home
At Coldwater Creek, we believe that protecting the environment begins at home. That's why we have taken steps to lessen the environmental impact of our corporate headquarters in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho. Our Facilities Manager is always looking for new ways to reduce our consumption of precious resources like energy and water, while improving working conditions both inside and out.
We are conserving energy through the use of occupancy and daylight sensors in office spaces and meeting rooms to eliminate unnecessary lighting. To protect the environment outside our headquarters, we converted to low-mercury fluorescent lighting. We improved the overall heating and cooling efficiency of the buildings by sealing energy leaks and installing white roofs. Automatic toilets and faucets help conserve water inside, while drip irrigation helps us reduce water consumption in new outdoor plantings. We have also planted over 200 mature trees that help to cool and green the campus.
Embracing the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
We're proud of our efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle at all of our locations, and we continuously seek new ways to improve these programs. We encourage employees to reduce their paper consumption by printing double sided and sharing files electronically. We have also gone beyond the basics of paper, aluminum, and glass recycling to include toner cartridges, cell phones, tech waste, and fluorescent lights. Great care is taken to ensure that these materials are recycled responsibly and are not just shipped to overseas landfills.
Our biggest accomplishments in waste reduction take place at our one million square foot distribution center in Parkersburg, WV. Two years ago we began reusing boxes from our vendors to ship merchandise to our retail stores. Close to 98% of incoming boxes are reused in this manner. What can't be reused gets recycled, including plastic pallet wrap, mailing envelopes, scrap metal, and shipping pallets. We even have a state of the art cleaning and charging station for our forklift batteries that doubles or triples their useful life before they get recycled.
Weekend 'power down' racks up energy savings:
Remote shutdown will affect about 540 work stations
The IT (Information Technology) department, in conjunction with the Social Responsibility Committee, has launched a new initiative to reduce our power consumption in the office. IT now powers down administrative computers on Friday nights at 11 p.m. This power down is managed remotely and does not affect day-to-day activities. Even in sleep mode, personal computers consume energy and produce heat. By powering down unused computers for 57 hours every weekend, we can easily reduce our power consumption and lessen our environmental impact. This campaign affects approximately 540 units, and will save enough energy to light over six homes for a full year.
The only impact this program has on users is on Monday mornings when it will take an additional minute or two for start up. The start-up process for an average computer consumes the same amount of energy used for approximately two seconds of operation and does not negate the power savings achieved over the weekend.
To learn more about computer power usage, please visit the U.S. Department of Energy's website.