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Retail Operations & Energy

Store and distribution center operations are important areas of consideration for sustainability management. Common sustainability goals set by retailers include limiting energy consumption, as well as waste reduction, recycling, and the use of sustainable packaging materials.



​Learn how sustainability and energy projects are often well ​aligned with business objectives, how to think like a finance professional, and how to best team with the finance organization. Apply these learnings to case studies on project analysis and portfolio planning.


Retailers and landlords use a variety of documents to define the relationship beyond the lease itself. These documents can also influence the sustainability aspects of leased space.

Green leasing is the practice of integrating provisions into existing or future leases that unlock the potential for energy reduction or other sustainability-related efforts.

​Internal capital can be difficult to access; however, for energy and sustainability professionals in retail, there are a host of external financing mechanisms. Learn about Green Bonds, Tax-Increment Financing, Energy Performance Contracts, Energy Service Agreements, ​Managed Energy Service Agreements, Property Assessed Clean Energy, and On-Bill Financing/Repayment.


​Learn about the best external financing options by inputing basic information into this Excel-based calculator.


​Retailers have already developed models to continuously increase the amount of financing for energy projects or the likelihood of success. See how some companies have overcome the typical challenges of financing energy projects at retail companies.

Last Update: 3/1/2017 8:29:33 AM