Food Lion honored with EPA’s Montreal Protocol Award
Salisbury, N.C. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Food Lion with its 2010 Montreal Protocol Award, a global achievement given for protecting the ozone layer. An international panel of judges representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations reviewed the nominations before selecting the final 19 international recipients.
“Food Lion has been at the forefront of every major innovation in supermarket refrigeration technology for the past three years,” said Keilly Witman, Manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. “It is hard to make environmental advances if no one is willing to be the first to try out environmentally friendlier technologies. GreenChill has come to count on Food Lion to be the first, and Food Lion continues to rise to the occasion.”
Food Lion was one of the first companies to commit to EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. Through routine leak testing, quarterly reporting, and benchmarking by maintenance technicians on leak rates, the company achieved a 7.4% reduction in its corporate-wide commercial refrigeration emissions rate since joining GreenChill.
“Food Lion has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment, identifying ways to become more energy efficient and ensuring we are a socially responsible corporation,” said Susan Sollenberger, director of energy and facility services at Delhaize America and Food Lion. “We have a number of sustainability initiatives under way, including efforts to minimize ozone depletion by reducing refrigerants and selecting more environmentally friendly alternatives for our facilities and stores. We believe this is the right thing to do as global and responsible corporate citizens.”
Shaw’s, Equity One complete solar installation
West Bridgewater, Mass. Shaw’s Supermarkets said Thursday that, in conjunction with building owner Equity One, it has completed the installation of solar panels on the roof of a store in Webster, Mass.
Shaw’s, a division of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, is slated to complete another three solar energy projects with Equity One.
The Webster store installation includes approximately 750 solar panels that generate about 226,000 kilowatt-hours of solar energy each year. The project is estimated to reduce 123 tons of carbon emissions per year, equivalent to removing 50 cars and light trucks from the road or planting 70 acres of forest each year.
“Shaw’s is committed to environmental stewardship and we are pleased to have worked with Equity One on the installation and activation of these solar panels at our store,” Larry Wahlstrom, president of Shaw’s, said in a statement.
Furniture Row replaces halogen lamps with LEDs
Durham, N.C. The Furniture Row Cos., one of the nation’s largest family-owned specialty home furnishings and bedding retailers, is installing LED lighting throughout its 330 Sofa Mart Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions and Denver Mattress Co. stores across the United States.
To date, the company has installed nearly 13,000 LED spotlights (from Cree) in its stores, out of more than 80,000 planned. The 11-watt Cree LED lights are replacing energy-wasting 90-watt halogen bulbs.
“We knew we wanted new lighting that addressed our goal of being environmental stewards, but we also wanted to remain fiscally responsible,” said Rod Schnurr, store planning coordinator, Furniture Row, Denver Col. “We also knew that we couldn’t sacrifice the high quality of light needed to accentuate the wood grains and highlight the beauty of the fabrics — that’s what these Cree lights do.”
The first Furniture Row location to install Cree LED lights saved $4,200 on monthly energy costs compared to the original lighting, Schnurr said. In addition to reduced energy consumption for lighting, the LRP-38 spotlights generate much lower heat output thereby saving on air conditioning costs.
Furniture Row also anticipates significant maintenance savings given the much longer service life of the LED lights, which are designed for a 50,000-hour lifetime in open applications. Prior to the LED lighting upgrade, store employees spent an estimated 15 hours per week replacing burned out halogen bulbs.