Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today that it has reached the milestone of 500 facilities certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, reflecting the company’s long-standing focus on sustainability across its business. The facilities include stores, distribution centers and sales offices nationwide. Staples also announced an aggressive goal to reach 1,000 ENERGY STAR facilities by the end of 2016. Staples earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in 2013 for the third consecutive year. Staples also received The Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award, the EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award, which recognizes organizations that have shown outstanding leadership in energy efficiency year after year. Staples was first recognized by the EPA for energy efficiency in 1999. “Energy efficiency has been a focus at Staples since the early years of our company,” said John Lynch, senior vice president of facilities, construction & support services at Staples. “We’re proud to be recognized by the EPA for our efforts, and we’re committed to combining the latest energy efficiency strategies and technologies with renewable power use to save energy, reduce costs and minimize carbon emissions throughout our operations.” “Staples’ long-standing commitment to innovative energy efficiency is clear with this impressive milestone of 500 ENERGY STAR facilities,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator for US EPA. “Staples is a stand-out leader in energy efficiency and demonstrates how businesses can save energy, save money and create a healthier environment.” ENERGY STAR was introduced by the EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants associated with energy use. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings. Products, homes and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR prevent emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. For more information, go to www.energystar.gov. Staples and the Environment Staples’ sustainability vision is to generate business and environmental benefits for customers, communities and the company by leading the way in sustainable business practices. Staples works to achieve this vision through a focus on selling more sustainable products and services; offering easy recycling solutions; eliminating operational waste; maximizing energy efficiency and renewable energy use and; becoming a sustainability leader in the global community.