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Kroger highlights sustainability progress

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger is celebrating Earth Day with the debut of a new online video that highlights what motivates the company to become a sustainable retailer.

In the video, Kroger asks, "what if we all improved one thing today to protect tomorrow?" Kroger shares its sustainability story and progress through the eyes of its customers and associates.

Click here to view the video.

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Six Stater Bros. stores earn EPA honor

BY DSN STAFF

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. is making strides on the sustainability front, with six of its newest supermarkets earning the EPA GreenChill Gold Award for meeting tough environmental standards and using ozone friendly refrigerants.

These GreenChill store certifications are valid for one year, and four of these Stater Bros. supermarkets also received GreenChill Gold Awards in 2011.

Each of these "Blue Ribbon" Stater Bros. supermarkets has earned the Gold Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for using refrigeration technology that is better for the environment. The Gold certificate is the second highest award from GreenChill, and Stater Bros. is the only Southern California grocer to have six stores that are certified at the "gold" level.

"Stater Bros. is very proud to receive these awards from the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership," Stater Bros. chairman and CEO Jack Brown said. "We are happy to be doing our part to protect our Planet Earth, and we are especially pleased that the EPA has recognized our environmental achievements."

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Two Weis stores earn certifications from GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Two Weis stores containing a new, environmentally efficient design have earned environmental certifications awards from the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary Environmental Protection Agency alliance with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change, the grocer announced Wednesday.

The 62,000-sq.-ft. units are located in Forks Township, near Easton, Pa., and in Bellefonte, near State College, Pa. Each unit achieved a "silver" GreenChill certificate by meeting tough benchmarks for cutting emissions that harm the earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to global warming.

"Only a handful of American supermarkets have achieved GreenChill status. To meet these high standards, both stores reduced their refrigerant charges by more than 50%," Weis VP store construction and development Kevin Small said. "We will continue to invest in programs and systems that help us reduce our overall environmental impact throughout our store base."

To achieve silver certification, a store must meet stringent environmental criteria, including the following:

  • Use refrigerants that do not damage the Earth’s protective ozone layer;

  • Reduce the size of its refrigerant charge by at least 50% from the industry average;

  • Reduce annual refrigerant emissions to 15% or less of total store capacity; and

  • Test refrigeration systems for adherence to GreenChill’s leak tightness guidelines.

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