Our environmental stewardship

Our Environmental Stewardship

Havertys is committed to driving sustainable business practices and improving processes that promote environmental stewardship.

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Did You Know?

More than 578,915 trees have been saved thanks to our recycling efforts.

We've reduced our overall energy usage

In 2009, we partnered with sustainability solutions company ENGIE Insight to set goals for our HVTerra Program.

Initially, the year 2008 was chosen as a baseline with a goal to reduce overall electric energy usage by 25% by the year 2013. After just four years, we achieved a 29% electric energy reduction, surpassing our five-year goal.

Having achieved our inital goal, we sought out a more ambitious target in 2014 and joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Building Challenge, which strives to decrease portfolio-wide energy use intensity (EUI). As a part of the challenge, and using 2011 as a baseline, we publicly committed to reduce our EUI by 20% by the year 2020.

In 2016, we were recognized by the Better Buildings Challenge as a Goal Achiever. We exceeded that goal with a 22% EUI reductoin by the end of 2015.

By the end of 2016, Havertys was using 43% less electric energy than in 2008. Since then, we've continued to improve, with a 44% reduction in 2017 and a 46% reduction in 2018 in comparison to our 2008 electric energy reduction baseline.

Since 2014 Havertys has been recognized every year by environmental services company Avangard Innovative for our excellence in recycling.

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We've transformed our facilities

With nearly 7 million square feet in our portfolio, we've improved our energy performance by 28% since 2011, and we expect to meet or exceed our second goal of 30% in 2019.

To do so, we've focused on making our stores leaner and more productive, and we've reviewed each store's energy usage. Improvements included installing cool white roofs, high-efficiency LED lighting, lighting and temperature controls, as well as energy management system implementation and HVAC system upgrades.

We have also focused on reducing energy usage in our Distribution Centers (DCs). Starting in 2014, we began retrofitting our DCs with high bay LED fixtures. By the end of 2019 we will have converted all seven of our DCs to LED significantly reducing our energy footprint.

As a result of these initiatives, Havertys was listed in the 2018 BBI Better Buildings Progress Report as the second-highest energy saver among multi-state retailers.

Did You Know?

Lighting is important for a furniture showroom, so we wanted to achieve energy savings without reducing the number of lights. By simply changing to LED, the life of each of our store lamps has gone from one year to 12.5 years.

In 2010, our HVTerra program was launched to ensure sustainable practices in several areas, including energy and waste management, building sustainability, design and development, product sourcing, office automation, paper management and associate education and engagement.

We formed a cross-functional team spanning energy, waste, sustainability and sourcing to support our initiative and identify sustainability goals with clear and actionable plans.

We’re proud of our history of environmental stewardship and the goals we’ve achieved so far, and we strive to continue making significant changes throughout our entire company for a healthier and happier environment.

Here’s an idea of our energy saving initiatives over the last decade.


Launched HVTerra energy program


Joined Better Buildings Initiative (BBI)


Achieved BBI goal of 20% EUI reduction 4 years early
Installed first solar project (Greenville, SC)


Achieved 26% EUI reduction


Achieved 28% EUI reduction
Installed second solar project (Charleston, SC)

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