As an electronics retailer, Best Buy administers more than 1,000 stores that soak up large amounts of energy. Consider how many of their products are on display and plugged in -- including TVs and gadgets. One might not consider the company a likely candidate for seeking to reduce its carbon footprint. Yet Best Buy has been recognized for its green efforts, including green construction.
The company has renovated more than 100 existing retail stores to improve its energy efficiency, including providing an upgrade to its lighting. And when Best Buy does build new stores, the company designs them according to the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council for LEED certification. One of the most significant features is skylights equipped with sensors that automatically turn off the interior lights when the daylight is adequate.