SHC Sustainability
On top of the sustainability report, the SHC Sustainability Team also makes a constant effort to promote eco-friendly products, such as ENERGY STAR-Certified appliances and develop a connected home for the consumer through smarter products and better online shopping experiences.

USGT Green Light Series: Sears Holdings Sustainability Team, Building a Greener Company

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Name: Sears Holdings Company Sustainability Team

Mission: Build a greener company through engaged associates, partnerships, and sustainable operations.

Contact: Paul Campbell (Paul.Cambell@searshc.com)

Who is the SHC Sustainability Team?

Paul Campbell, Kristine Rellihen, and Natalie Persky make up the core of the team.

The SHC Sustainability Team was born about four and a half years ago, through a series of compliance projects in the legal team. As more and more projects were organized and put into action, Campbell realized that there was a larger sustainability opportunity for Sears Holdings.

By working with partner organizations, such as EPA ENERGY STAR and CarCharging, the team works to engage associates and business units within the company.

The team also gathers baseline data and environmental metrics from company operations to better understand energy consumption and greenhouse emissions.

From retro-fitting Sears and Kmart stores with smarter LED lighting to providing EV charging stations at the corporate headquarters located in Hoffman Estates, IL, the efforts aren’t always the flashy, customer-facing sustainability changes one would expect, but these soft starts and behind-the-scenes efforts have an impact on the sustainability projects and energy-use-reduction programs.

What are they up to now?

Aside from gathering data from different business units and teams within Sears Holdings, the SHC Sustainability Team acts as the Green Trendsetters for the company.

From promoting the electric vehicle charging stations to diverting waste, the team is always focused on advocating sustainability and building on their initiatives. The SHC Sustainability Team is currently working on creating better relationships with associates and business units to maintain a partnership of accountably.

What’s in the future?

Currently, the team is producing the upcoming Sears Sustainability Report. While Sears Holdings itself is host to a ton of valuable and insightful sustainability data, gathering it can be a bit challenging.

“It’s a bit of a balancing act,” said Rellihen. “The Sustainability Team doesn’t own the information that we’re using for the report. The data is stored all over the company with many different teams.”

While that challenge is definitely a tall hurdle, the positive side of it is that the data with those specific teams still serves a sustainable purpose by providing the business units with the information they need to keep their projects running smoothly and sustainably.

On top of the sustainability report, the SHC Sustainability Team also makes a constant effort to promote eco-friendly products, such as ENERGY STAR-Certified appliances and develop a connected home for the consumer through smarter products and better online shopping experiences.

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