STAPLES Business Depot participates in Earth Hour 2008

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 29 at 8:00 pm, STAPLES
Business Depot locations across Canada will reduce lighting for one hour in
support of Earth Hour 2008, a global initiative organized by World Wildlife
Fund (WWF).
    For just one hour, Earth Hour, the world will turn off its lights to show
their support for taking action on climate change. In support of this event, a
large majority of STAPLES Business Depot/Bureau en Gros store locations will
be turning off their non-essential internal lighting and exterior signage
where possible.
    "Earth Hour is an opportunity for all individuals, households and
businesses to send a very powerful message," says Steve Matyas, President
STAPLES Business Depot. "Through our community@work program, STAPLES Business
Depot is proud to participate on a national level in Earth Hour 2008."
    Earth Hour 2008 is only one of the ways STAPLES Business Depot reduces
its environmental footprint. STAPLES Business Depot is committed to three
sustainability and socially responsible goals:

    1.  to be a leader in environmental products both internally and for
    2.  to conserve the amount of energy used; and,
    3.  to provide easy recycling solutions for customers.

    Last summer, STAPLES Business Depot launched the 'Lights Out Program.'
For July and August, 148 store locations minimized their non-essential
lighting. The 'Lights Out Program' significantly saved energy by reducing the
heat load and making it easier for the heating, ventilating and air
conditioning (HVAC) systems to keep buildings cool. Overall the program
reduced energy in stores by 300KW per day for 76 days, which means 22,800KW
per store. For only 148 stores, 3,374,400KW was conserved for the duration of
the program. This coming summer, STAPLES Business Depot will run the program
again with the participation of more store locations.
    In 2007, STAPLES Business Depot made a corporate wide commitment to
operate all store locations efficiently by adding an Energy Management System.
An exterior lighting retrofit has been completed in over 50 locations,
reducing the number of fixtures and replacing them with an energy-efficient

    About STAPLES Business Depot

    Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd. is Canada's largest
supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business
services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an
everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across
Canada under the banners STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM) and BUREAU EN GROS(TM).
The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through 300 office
superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES(R) Business Depot(TM)/BUREAU
EN GROS(TM) is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three
ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. For store hours, locations
and to obtain more information, visit

    About community@work

    Through its corporate giving program - community@work - STAPLES Business
Depot is proud to partner with local community leaders to identify and support
programs and initiatives focusing on three core areas: environment, education
and entrepreneurship. For more information please visit

    About Staples

    Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is
the world's largest office products company. With 74,000 talented associates,
the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office
products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services.
With 2006 sales of $18.2 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses
ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries
throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples operates more than 2,000 office superstores and also serves
its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses.
More information is available at

For further information:

For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager,
(905) 737-1147 ext. 2363,; Lesley Kisil
Ciciretto, Public Relations Specialist, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2424,

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