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A&P recognized for environmental stewardship

BY CSA STAFF

Montvale, N.J. A&P has been awarded the Environmental Stewardship Program of the Year at the 6th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business held in New York City, according to a report by Supermarket News.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition in 54 categories recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the organizations they run.

A&P’s sustainability team, led by Jennifer MacLeod, senior VP, marketing & communications, examined every facet of the business in 2008 and 2009 to improve A&P’s environmental efforts, capturing current practices, researching industry trends, meeting with sustainability experts, and developing programs to help preserve the environment, and conserve natural resources, said Nicole Amato, a spokeswoman for the Stevie Awards.

This effort resulted in “strategies to integrate and streamline the practices across their supermarket banners: A&P, Food Basics, SuperFresh, Pathmark, The Food Emporium and Waldbaum’s,” she said.

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Raley’s honored for green refrigeration technology

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today awarded Raley’s Supermarket with a GreenChill gold-level award for innovative green refrigeration technology in its newest supermarket, which opened Wednesday in Tracy, Calif.

The GreenChill Partnership works with supermarket industries through a cooperative alliance to reduce their emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases.

Raley’s leads the industry in certified stores, with five sites in California earning either gold or silver certification. Gold-level certified stores are located in Tracy, Petaluma and San Jose, Calif., and silver-level certified stores are located in San Pablo and Mountain View, Calif.

Raley’s new refrigeration system uses a significantly smaller charge of refrigerant gases than traditional systems. These systems significantly reduce refrigerant emissions.

The EPA estimates that if all U.S. supermarkets reduced emissions to the current GreenChill average, the nation could save the equivalent of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and 240 ozone-depleting potential tons each year — equal to the annual emissions from more than four million cars. The cost savings would be approximately $108 million in refrigerant expenses annually.

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G.Han says:
Mar-27-2013 05:12 pm

I heard about this when I was searching for companies specialized in ammonia refrigeration, my nephew works at Raley’s Supermarket but he never told me that the company he is working for invests a lot in innovative green refrigeration technology. The Raley’s new refrigeration system is great, hopefully other supermarkets will implement this.

G.Han says:
Mar-27-2013 05:12 pm

I heard about this when I was searching for companies specialized in ammonia refrigeration, my nephew works at Raley’s Supermarket but he never told me that the company he is working for invests a lot in innovative green refrigeration technology. The Raley’s new refrigeration system is great, hopefully other supermarkets will implement this.

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Gap and other companies in effort to support climate change legislation

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Washington, D.C. More than a dozen leading U.S. corporations, including Gap, announced the launch of a new initiative to support Congressional action on clean energy and climate change legislation.

“Gap is taking action on climate change now — in fact, we have reduced our energy consumption by 20% over the past five years,” said Kindley Walsh Lawlor, senior director, global responsibility, Gap. “While we have more work to do to lessen our impact, we also believe collaboration is key to making positive, sustainable change.  That’s why we’re pleased to be standing among forward-thinking businesses that support climate and energy policy in the United States.”

The goal of the new group, called American Businesses for Clean Energy, is to offer a platform for leading U.S. businesses to express their support for meaningful and effective legislation that will drive clean technology innovation, create jobs, and address the threat of global climate change.

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