J.C. Penney headquarters is LEED Gold
Plano, Texas J.C. Penney Co.’s corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas, has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building serves as a workplace for more than 5,500 associates and is the third largest campus facility in the nation to receive the designation.
The company spent five years retrofitting the 1.9 million-sq.-ft. facility, addressed areas related to energy and water savings, indoor environmental quality and recycling waste.
“While purchasing renewable energy credits is an easier way to go ‘green,’ we chose to examine our operations and institute meaningful changes that will advance the company’s goal to reduce energy usage 20% by 2015,” said Mike Theilmann, chief human resources and administration officer for J.C. Penney.
The improvements include:
- Retrofitting lighting systems with high-efficiency ballasts and lamps;
- Installing occupancy sensors in enclosed office areas to reduce lighting needs;
- Reducing daily air conditioning and lighting schedules to match operations;
- Upgrading plumbing fixtures that include motion-controlled faucets;
- Adjusting operating times for non-essential items such as fountain pumps and landscape lighting;
- Implementing the use of green cleaning products that have a low environmental impact and do not adversely impact air quality;
- Managing a comprehensive recycling initiative where associates recycle approximately 852 tons of paper, cardboard, plastics, cans and merchandise samples a year; additionally all cafeteria kitchen waste is recycled for compost; and
- Utilizing used cooking oil from the cafeteria to make biodiesel to fuel maintenance vehicles.
Fresh & Easy aims to reduce in-store water consumption by 30%
El Segundo, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce water consumption in its stores by 30% through the use of EnviroTower water conditioning technology.
The system has already been installed in 37 Fresh & Easy locations and will be incorporated into all new stores, including the nine Fresh & Easy stores opening in California next month.
According to Fresh & Easy, on average, its store already use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and the company’s refrigeration systems were using roughly 850,000 gallons of water per year. With the installation of the EnviroTower system, that usage has dropped to less than 600,000 gallons per year. Similar refrigeration systems typically use 2 million to 3 million gallons of water per year. The EnviroTower system also helps with energy efficiency, reducing the amount of energy Fresh & Easy uses on refrigeration by up to 5%.
“Incorporating EnviroTower’s technology into our stores makes sense, not just as part of our commitment to the environment, but also help us save money so we can keep our prices low for our customers,” said Steve Hagen, director of procurement and engineering, Fresh & Easy, which operates more than 150 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. “Conserving water is a very important issue in California, Nevada and Arizona. We are happy to play our part in reducing our consumption of this valuable and limited resource.”
EnviroTower provide a reliable, effective and economical alternative to traditional chemical water treatment for refrigeration and air conditioning cooling systems. It dramatically reduces fresh water use through a physical water conditioning system — meaning water that is normally chemically treated and discharged to municipal sewage is used more efficiently, the company explained. By keeping the water in the system clean and reducing harmful buildup, EnviroTower also improves energy efficiency.
New Weiss Markets stores will reduce refrigeration charge by 50%
Hanover, Pa. Weis Markets announced it is in the process of building three stores in Pennsylvania that will incorporate technologies and systems reducing store refrigerant charges (usage) to 50% less than a typical supermarket, thus decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
The announcement was made at an award ceremony at a Weis Markets store in Hanover, Pa. It was the first supermarket in the state of Pennsylvania to earn a certification award from the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary Environmental Protection Agency alliance with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions. The store attained a “silver” certificate by installing a glycol refrigeration system reducing the refrigerant charge to less than half that of a typical supermarket.
“Reducing the environmental impact of our stores is a key part of being a good neighbor and we are committed to doing so in the years ahead,” said Kevin Small, VP construction and development, Weis Markets, which operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania; Maryland; New York; New Jersey; and West Virginia. “As a long-time proponent of sustainability and recycling, we have embraced the next generation of technology that will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and operate our stores more efficiently. We plan for these three new stores to achieve GreenChill certification.”