Lands' End is committed to proactive power, facility and carbon management to help conserve energy resources. Since 2009, Lands' End has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project to encourage carbon measurement and reporting. Lands' End is among a number of leading businesses who are dedicated to making the case for better internal carbon management, ultimately leading to a more sustainable society. Since 2008, Lands' End has reduced its carbon use by 17%.
An energy team meets regularly to review and identify energy savings opportunities throughout the year.
- Lands' End's PC management has contributed significantly to the notable energy reduction over the past few years. The company recently installed NightWatchman software to manage the state of the computers while the office is empty. The software places the PC in a low power mode, allowing updates and new software to be installed and immediately placing the machine back into "sleep mode" once the updates are completed. The computer's settings also manage the monitors and put them in a low power mode after a certain period of inactivity. Additionally, Lands' End implemented network software that shuts down idle workstation computers at night and on weekends.
- At Lands' End Inlets, the store teams have worked to eliminate fluorescent lights and replace them with LED lighting and sign timers. "Save Energy" signs hang in all campus conference rooms to encourage employees to turn off the lights when leaving a room, and thermostats in many stores have been replaced with programmable thermostats.
- Lands' End recently refurbished the corporate contact center and installed high efficiency lighting. Additionally, the company has engaged lighting contractors to evaluate and propose lighting upgrades in office and production environments for better energy efficiency.
- All equipment replacements done in 2011 were evaluated, and the most energy- and cost-effective solutions were chosen.
- Five Lands' End buildings have been designated "ENERGY STAR" facilities by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These facilities meet strict standards and use less energy, are less expensive and cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
- To qualify for the ENERGY STAR rating, a building or manufacturing plant must score in the top 25% based on the EPA's National Energy Performance Rating System. To determine the performance of a facility, the EPA compares energy use among other, similar types of facilities on a scale of 1-100. Buildings that achieve a score of 75 or higher may be eligible for the ENERGY STAR. The EPA rating system accounts for differences in operating conditions, regional weather data and other important considerations.
Lands' End will continue to work toward achieving this coveted rating for all facilities in the US. The Lands' End buildings that are currently certified include:
- Lands' End Corporate Office
- Lands' End Outfitters Embroidery Office
- Lands' End Warehouse facility
- Lands' End Dodgeville Distribution Center
- Lands' End Stevens Point Call Center, Embroidery, and Warehouse facility
- Lands' End Reedsburg Call Center
- In 2009, an addition to the Lands' End United Kingdom warehouse became BREEAM certified (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).
Over the course of the last six years, the Lands' End United Kingdom warehouse began monitoring its power use to reduce the overall kilowatt hours (KWH) for a fiscal year
- In 2005 Lands' End UK consumed nearly 2.1 million KWH of electricity
- In 2011 Lands' End UK consumed 1.6 million KWH of electricity
- The energy saved over the past six years is equivalent to 4.2 million KWH or nearly �375,000 ($596,000) and prevented 2.27 million tons of CO2 emissions.
- Energy generation through solar cells on the roof of the building (Lands' End Germany)
In 2010, Lands' End opened an environmentally friendly distribution center in Oakham, Rutland that increased storage capacity by 200% and supports further expansion in the UK and the rest of Europe. The building's green technologies and features include:
- Solar energy to heat the washrooms and the water used within them
- Air source heat pumps to heat the warehouse space
- Grey water capture from the roof to flush toilets
- Reclaimed heat from extracted air used to heat the office area
- 'Power shelters' to seal lorries (trucks) to the building, avoiding heat loss through loading bays
- High energy efficiency (T5) lighting throughout with microwave sensors
- Reclaimed stone - 500 tons in total - used for the capping layers under the building's slab
- Super insulation tested by thermal imaging technology and air tightness testing
- All major elements of energy consumption sub-metered and connected to an energy management system to alert energy waste
- Lighting designed to support the 'dark skies at night' initiative, minimizing light pollution for local residents and wildlife
- Washrooms fitted with infrared taps to minimize water usage, plus a central shut off system for when the building is unoccupied
- Wildlife-friendly planting, including wildflowers, introduced around the site,
- Site was ranked in the top 10% of UK sites under the Considerate Constructors' scheme