Target has confirmed that all 68 of its stores launched in Canada this year have been LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified, after another 44 locations met the criteria put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Volume Program.
In order to obtain certification, Target had to undergo various rounds of audits and meet "stringent criteria" across five LEED categories, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials select and indoor environmental quality. Forthcoming Target locations in Canada will go through the same process in order to receive LEED certification.
"Environmental sustainability at Target is fundamental to our business, and we have been working hard in Canada over the past few years to open our most sustainable collection of stores to date," says Derek Jenkins, Senior Vice President, External Relations, Target Canada. "We are confident that all 124 store locations opening this year will be awarded LEED certification, making Target a leader among Canadian mass retailers when it comes to having sustainable store buildings."
The 44 latest stores to receive LEED certification are located in Ontario (13), Manitoba (3), Saskatchewan (3), Alberta (13) and British Columbia (12).