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Office Depot Honored with Site Facilities Physical Infrastructure Overhead Best-in-Class 2008 Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Award

Company Recognized For Energy Efficiency and Carbon Footprint Reductions at Global Data Center

Thursday, May 1, 2008 12:50 pm EDT

Dateline:

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.

Public Company Information:

NYSE:
ODP
US6762201068

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Office Depot® (NYSE:ODP), a leading global provider of office products and services, was recognized with the Site Facilities Physical Infrastructure Overhead Best-in-Class Award at the 2008 Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Recognition Ceremony. The multi-channel retailer, which has a global environmental vision to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green, was honored for pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in its data center operations.

The Uptime Institute is a leading research-based think-tank and corporate advisory group that consults on business and technology issues related to critical computing, environment reliability and energy efficiency.

Through various initiatives in its Global Data Center, Office Depot was able to increase the reliability of its IT operations while expanding its capacity and reducing energy usage.

The winners of the first Green Enterprise IT Awards were announced April 29 at the third annual Green Enterprise Computing Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Office Depot was recognized in the Facilities Site Physical Infrastructure (power and cooling) category.

Like many of our environmental initiatives, improving the efficiency of Office Depots Global Data Center has increased the reliability of our IT function while reducing our energy usage and costs, said Tim Toews, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Office Depot. Our efforts have resulted in a true win-win.

In 2007 Office Depot participated in a Cooling System Efficiency Study, which provided important insights on improving reliability and reducing energy usage in its Global Data Center. Following the study, Office Depot was able to implement a number of new initiatives including:

  • Sealing all computer room raised floor openings to maximize efficiency and reduce energy usage;
  • Installing computer room air handlers, which take hot air out of the room, cools it and reuses it;
  • Improving data center chillers to increase efficiency and reliability; and
  • Evaluating and implementing new hardware that is more energy and cost efficient to run.

Office Depots environmental vision is to increasingly buy green, be green and sell green, said Yalmaz Siddiqui, Director of Environmental Strategy. By investing in energy efficiency at our Global Data Center we are reducing the carbon footprint of our most energy intense facility and saving costs in the process.

Office Depots achievements at its Global Data Center complement the Companys overall environmental commitment and various initiatives, including:

  • Creating The Green Book® catalog of thousands of environmentally-friendly products and educational content for Office Depots small, medium and large business customers;
  • Launching Office Depot Green and becoming the first in the office products industry to introduce a green line with consistent packaging;
  • Establishing a $2.2 million Forest & Biodiversity Conservation Alliance through which Office Depot partnered with Conservation International, NatureServe and The Nature Conservancy to resolve real issues in the forestry sector to guide our sustainable efforts;
  • Developing a Paper Purchasing Policy through which we became the first office supply company to make Forest Stewardship Council certified paper widely available in the U.S.;
  • Reducing the Companys overall Carbon Dioxide emissions output in 2006 by 10.1 percent;
  • Retrofitting the lighting in the Companys North American retail store chain to T5 high-output fluorescent lighting, which is 35 percent more efficient than traditional, incandescent lighting;
  • Replacing our fleet of box trucks to ultra-low-emission Sprinter vehicles, which are on average 40 percent more fuel-efficient than their predecessors and get an estimated 15 or more miles per gallon; and
  • Groundbreaking on the Companys first Green store, which will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council upon completion in summer 2008.

A complete overview of Office Depots environmental programs is available here.

About Office Depot

Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers through 1,670 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and a $4.9 billion e-commerce operation. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $15.5 billion, and employs about 49,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 43 countries.

Office Depots common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com. Press materials and background specific to Office Depots environmental initiatives and product offerings is available at http://mediarelations.officedepot.cc/environment.

About the Uptime Institute

The Uptime Institute is a leading independent research, corporate advisory, knowledge exchange, education and professional services provider serving the owners/operators of enterprise data centers. Our primary area of expertise, as the name implies, is the uptime availability, reliability, and resiliency of enterprise computing within formal critical computing environments, i.e. computer rooms, server farms and ranches, and data centers. The Institute operates a private knowledge network, the Site Uptime Network that conducts research, benchmarking, knowledge-sharing, and best practices for its members who represent 100 of the largest data center owning/operating institutions in the world. Our intellectual property base includes the de facto industry standard for data center design known as the Tiers Classification System and the Four Metrics for Determining a Green Data Center. For more information on the Symposium, click here: http://uptimeinstitute.org/symposium.

Contact:

Office Depot, Delray Beach
Melissa Perlman, Public Relations, 561-438-0704
Melissa.Perlman@officedepot.com