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Oct 31 2011

Office Depot’s Global Headquarters Earns EPA’s Energy Star(R) Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

Office Depot, celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that the company’s global headquarters, located in Boca Raton, Fla., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification. The certification signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

“Office Depot is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Edward Costa, Vice President of Construction for Office Depot. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Office Depot improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.

“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”

Energy-saving actions that Office Depot took to earn the ENERGY STAR certification included retrofitting most of the lighting on the global headquarters’ campus, which consisted of:

– Replacing all T5 lamps with 27-Watt, 4100 Kelvin lamps;

– Changing all parking garage lights from 150-Watt metal-halide to 42-Watt florescent lamps; and

– Reducing the amount of lamps that are on during the daylight hours by 70 percent.

Over the past five years, Office Depot has consistently built and operated environmentally sustainable stores and facilities. The global headquarters was Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified in 2010, and Office Depot opened its first LEED Gold Certified store in Austin, Texas during the summer of 2008. In early 2010, Office Depot announced plans to only open LEED for Commercial Interior certified stores going forward and has opened 15 locations since. Additionally in 2010, Office Depot announced that it will pursue LEED certification at its new warehouse facility in Newville, PA. For more information on Office Depot’s environmental strategy, please visit www.officedepot.com/environment.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $18 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 34 million vehicles.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings visit www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings.

About Office Depot

Celebrating 25 years as a leading global provider of office supplies and services, 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 supplies and services to its customers through 1,627 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.6 billion, and employs about 40,000 associates around the world. The Company provides more office supplies and services to more customers in more countries than any other company, and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 56 countries.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://mediarelations.officedepot.com and http://socialpress.officedepot.com/

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