Cub Seeks LEED Gold for New Green Store
Stillwater, Minn. Cub Foods has opened an eco-friendly store in St. Paul, Minn. The company, a division of Supervalu, is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for the outlet.
The new store features 44 skylights that will illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces using a solar-powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed. Other sustainable elements include:
- Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site has been reused in the construction of the new building or recycled;
- Thirty-five percent savings in lighting costs compared to typical Cub stores;
- Amaintenance-free floor that eliminates the need for chemicals during the cleaning process;
- Alandscape irrigation system that uses 50% less water than typical systems; and
- Seventy-five percent of the building construction waste will not end up in landfills. Instead, it will be recycled and turned into other useful materials.
Ben & Jerry’s Testing Green Freezers
Burlington, Vt. Ben & Jerry’s is introducing a cleaner, greener freezer for testing in the United States with the hope that it will eventually be approved for long-term use.
The company announced the launch of a pilot project testing hydrocarbon-based freezers that are designed to minimize the freezer’s impact on global warming. The featured technology is currently allowed in every country except the United States.
“This is an important step for our business which we hope will clearly demonstrate that a more environmentally friendly refrigeration technology can work in the U.S. market,” said Walt Freese, CEO, Ben & Jerry’s. “The technology is commonplace in Europe with literally millions of home and commercial units in place.”
Ben & Jerry’s has approval to test up to 2,000 freezers in the next few years. The debut installation took place in the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.
Auto Care Co. is Earth Friendly
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Oct. 22) Honest-1 Auto Care Co. announced that it plans to double its 19 existing nationwide franchises within one year. The full-service auto-repair chain, which calls itself 100% eco-friendly, said it is implementing rigorous internal standards so that it can remain “the leader in eco-friendly automotive service.”
The company employs strict regulations for recycling auto materials, pollution prevention, resource conservation and trademarked services such as ECO TuneUp and ECO Oil Change.