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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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Walgreens promotes Earth Day

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is helping to promote Earth Day 2012 with the offer of a 20% discount on select beauty, personal care items and other grocery and household needs on Walgreens.com with the code 20NATURAL now through Sunday.

Twitter followers also can find out how to win a variety of eco-friendly products this Friday by searching for #WalgreensEarthDay on Twitter, the pharmacy operator noted.

Walgreens has a long-standing commitment to eco-friendly initiatives, such as reducing energy usage and creating ways to reduce its carbon footprint. Currently, the drug store chain has 134 solar panel installations at its stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters. In addition, the company utilizes an energy management system that monitors electricity, water, lighting, refrigeration temperatures, heating and cooling, and waste management at more than 3,000 stores to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs while extending equipment life.

Walgreens also is among the first of retailers hosting electric vehicle charging stations and has plans to offer this service at 800 locations. Drivers can already top off and charge while doing errands or traveling along major commuter routes in Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Tampa/St. Petersburg; Seattle; and Washington.

“Environmental sustainability is part of Walgreens commitment to help our customers live well, stay well and get well, and that’s why it’s important to be a first mover with EV charging stations,” stated Walgreens director of energy and sustainability Menno Enters. “Sustainability is not only smart for our communities and planet but [also] makes good business sense. The feedback we are receiving from customers and team members about all of our sustainability initiatives has been very positive, and we will continue to find ways to lead in this space.”

Walgreens also is participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. As part of the challenge, Walgreens is committed to achieving its goal of reducing its energy usage by 20% across all of its stores and facilities by 2020. In 2010, the company installed a geothermal energy system at one of its stores in Oak Park, Ill. The company’s Mira Mesa, Calif., location received LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

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