Kroger wins EPA certification for building design
Indianapolis A Kroger location in Indianapolis recently became the first grocery store in the nation to earn the Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency for building design, according to The Indianapolis Star.
The Nora Kroger store has installed skylights, as well as a temperature control systems that automatically adjust heating and cooling levels based on need.
In addition, the store reuses heat from refrigeration cases and equipment to heat its water, as well as the building.
Eight other Kroger stores in Indianapolis have applied for the certification, which designates buildings that are environmentally designed to perform in the top 25% of all buildings in the United States, the report said.
Nationwide, Kroger has replaced all of the fluorescent lights in its glass-door freezer cases with light-emitting diode light bars, or LED lamps, which saves about 100,000 kilowatts of energy and $10,000 per store annually, according to the report.
Office Depot joins EPA’s Energy Star Commercial Buildings Program
Boca Raton, Fla. Office Depot announced it has become an Energy Star Commercial Buildings Partner, a program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Through this partnership with the EPA, Office Depot will continue to work to improve energy efficiency in the company’s retail stores, and commits to track its energy consumption at each individual location using Energy Star tools to score performance.
“The Energy Star rating system will help Office Depot ensure that each of our retail store locations is running as energy efficient as possible,” said Edward Costa, VP construction, Office Depot. “While we have been tracking the electricity usage in our facilities for a number of years now, the Energy Star program will help validate our efficiencies at the individual store level by affirming those locations that are successfully lowering energy use and help us ensure that all stores are meeting our goals.”
In partnership with Energy Star, Office Depot has committed to:
- Measure and track the energy performance of its stores by using tools such as those offered through EnergyStar;
- Develop and implement a plan consistent with the Energy Star Management Guidelines to achieve energy savings;
- Help spread the word about the importance of energy efficiency to its associates and community;
- Support the Energy Star Challenge, a national call-to-action to help improve the energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings by 10% or more; and
- Highlight its achievements with recognition offered through Energy Star.
Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica to use wind power
Mexico City Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica announced that starting Thursday, 348 of its locations in Mexico City, State of Mexico, and Morelos, will use wind-powered energy from the Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm, in Oaxaca.
The wind-farm initiative is one of the projects that will enable Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica to meet its goal of having 100% of its units operate with renewable energy sources by 2025.