At a Glance


Retail and Apparel

Project Type

Commercial Energy Efficiency




Kent, WA

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Annual kWh Savings:

490,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

490 metric tons


Jake MacArthur focused on energy efficiency opportunities at REI's headquarters in Kent, Washington.


REI enlisted two fellows during the summer of 2011. One of the fellows, Jake MacArthur focused his efforts on energy efficiency at the cooperative’s headquarters in Kent, Washington.

REI previously participated in EDF Climate Corps in 2010 and has a cross-functional energy team working to improve energy efficiency throughout the cooperative. The Corporate Social Responsibility team works to reduce the impact of corporate facilities while the Retail Energy Manager focuses on the retail locations. REI evaluates projects according to strict financial guidelines, evaluating them against other business investment opportunities.

Following on the heels of the 2010 fellow’s work identifying opportunities, REI hired the 2011 fellows to provide detailed analysis and move projects forward towards implementation. Both fellows evaluated past recommendations, identified new opportunities, conducted financial analyses and contacted vendors.


MacArthur proposed a broad range of projects at the headquarters, including energy star equipment upgrades, vending machine misers and multiple sensor-based wireless lighting projects. In addition, the fellows helped to chart a road map for future improvements and assisted with green power purchasing. In total, on an annual basis, the projects could cut 490,000 kilowatt hours of electricity use, save $53,000 and reduce 490 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

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