Retail stores and distribution centers vary significantly in size, design, and location, but they all have one thing in common: there are significant opportunities to cut expenses by reducing energy and carbon use and waste production. New technologies promote energy management and accurate tracking of energy use. Store employees and consumers are becoming ever more conscious about sustainability, especially as it relates to recycling.

Implementing recycling, energy management, and other sustainability initiatives in retail facilities have benefits beyond cutting costs—when done well, they also generate profits and improve the comfort, indoor air quality, employee productivity, and customer experience in the store.


  • Waste and energy reduction are the top facility-related improvements retailers are undertaking.
  • Green-building practices and management of greenhouse gas emissions and water use will grow significantly over the next two years.
  • Green leases can unlock waste-reduction and energy-saving opportunities.
  • The highest impact energy-efficient upgrades include lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) systems, and refrigeration units.
  • Waste and energy reduction initiatives in stores and distribution centers energize retail employees.