Stillwater, Fla. Cub Foods and its parent company, Supervalu, announced Monday that Cub has become the first grocer in Minnesota to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for one of its stores.
The Cub store, located in St. Paul, is one of just three supermarkets in the nation to successfully achieve LEED Gold Certification, which is the second highest certification that can be achieved in the LEED program.
Among the green features that helped the chain achieve certification were:
- Forty four skylights that illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces using a solar-powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed;
- The first commercial parking lot in Minnesota to be illuminated using just LED lights that only need to be replaced every 40 years and provide 50% energy savings;
- Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site reused in the construction of the new building or recycled
- Thirty-five percent savings in lighting costs compared with typical Cub stores;
- Amaintenance-free floor eliminating the need for chemicals during the cleaning process; and
- Alandscape irrigation system that uses 50% less water than typical systems.
“Cub Foods submitted 41 points to the USGBC for LEED Gold consideration,” said Scott Reinke, senior project manager, Supervalu. “To have all 41 points approved is exceptional in the industry of green building development.”