Timberland is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our stores. In fact, we have applied our experience developing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Retail certified stores to our new store designs. These stores use 30% less energy when compared to our old store models. From a total cost standpoint, they are the least expensive stores to build and the most cost-effective to operate.
For example, our most recent store retrofit resulted in replacing less efficient incandescent spotlights in nearly all of our North American stores with LED spotlights. The new bulbs consume 80% less energy—resulting in savings of approximately $170,000 in 2010 and reducing the carbon emissions produced by our retail stores by more than 15%. Lasting an expected 10 years, the retrofit reduces bulb replacement. In addition, the new lighting produces less heat, which helps save on air conditioning during summer months.
Click on the video above to learn about the environmental design and materials used in our San Francisco Specialty Store. And be sure to check out our new section online about Timberland’s Sustainable Store Design. Reducing waste, using recycled materials, and energy efficient lighting all contribute to reductions in our overall footprint.