American Eagle Outfitters Hazleton Distribution Center received the 2016 Green Business of the Year award from the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and award sponsor George J. Hayden, Inc. during the Chamber’s annual Business and Community Awards Luncheon on October 27.
Hayden Electric President George F. Hayden presented the award to American Eagle Outfitters Maintenance Supervisor Thomas Polchin.
“As a past recipient of the Green Business of the Year award, Hayden Electric is proud to sponsor this award each year and recognize those companies in Greater Hazleton who work diligently to increase their sustainability efforts,” Hayden said.
In 2014, American Eagle Outfitters Hazleton Distribution Center was officially named as a LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) Certified facility and continues to maintain this designation. This makes AEO the first, and currently only, LEED certified facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
Within the past year, they recognized an opportunity to reuse vendor cartons. The program aims to reduce dependence on newly purchased boxes by repurposing cartons from AEO’s vendors. Since April they have saved over $50,000 in corrugated-related costs and expect to see that number more than double through the remainder of their fiscal year.
In addition, they continue to promote their aggressive in-house recycling program with the cooperation of their recycling partner, Concord Plastics.
Their entire facility was designed with “green” in mind. They use low flow toilets throughout and installed an irrigation drip system, which together reduces their domestic water consumption by 50%.
They use LED lights in parking areas, providing a 52% reduction in energy use on outdoor lighting. They also use LED lights in their high density pick mods, highly efficient t5 lighting for their high bays and 298 solar tubes and light harvesting in their packing facility, which collectively realize a 54% energy reduction on indoor lighting. In addition, all lights are motion sensor powered, which is an additional 20% energy savings.
They also use technology as a green tool. Their building management system allows them to program and control building functions by reducing heating and cooling based upon occupancy.
On their material handling equipment side, they installed a motor drive roller, which only runs when a package is sensed and puts the conveyor to sleep when it is not used for a length of time. This provides a 41% energy savings.
Their janitorial team uses all green cleaning products and they carry recycled paper products in their restrooms. In their cafeteria and break rooms, they provide bio-degradable plastic utensils and containers.