Cub Foods awarded LEED Gold
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.”
Calif. AG sues Target for illegal dumping
Oakland, Calif. California state and local officials are suing Target Corp., accusing the retailer of dumping hazardous waste in landfills around the state.
Attorney General Jerry Brown, 20 district attorneys and the Los Angeles city attorney jointly filed a complaint Monday in Alameda County Superior Court, claiming that more than 200 Target stores have been dumping waste such as flammable aerosol canisters, propane canisters and corrosive spray cleaners into landfills for the past eight years.
Target spokeswoman Bethany Zucco says the company has been following all state environmental laws.
In May, the state reached an $8.65 million settlement with Kmart Corp. over similar allegations. The deal requires Kmart to properly store its waste and retrain its workers.
SRS Energy develops BIPV roofing product
Philadelphia SRS Energy, a developer of sustainable solar-roofing products, has installed what it describes as the first building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product designed for curved roofing systems, at Zwahlen’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Co., in Audubon, Pa.
The Sole Power Tile product is designed to blend seamlessly with several styles of clay tiles, providing energy without the use of traditional solar panels that can compromise a building’s roofline and curb appeal.