Friday, June 20, 2008

Target Stores Getting a Green Makeover

Target is testing stores that are bigger and greener than current models. The retailer is currently developing two prototype stores -- a general merchandise and a Super Target -- to open in October. Then starting in March of next year, Target plans to build 100 more of the stores.

Both prototypes are being built under a U.S. Green Building Council program that allows them to be certified under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports. Among the green design features: low-flow water fixtures, more efficient heating and cooling units, and designs for lighting fixtures that require fewer bulbs. Target also plans to recycle or salvage 75 percent of construction material for the stores.

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