Meijer to Install Wind Turbines
Grand Rapids, Mich. Meijer is expanding its green initiatives to include the use of wind power.
“This is a very exciting project for Meijer,” said Stacie Behler, VP, communications and public affairs, Meijer. “We continue to look for ways to decrease our carbon footprint and this wind turbine project is yet another example of how we can apply innovation to be more green.”
Current plans are for six wind turbines to be installed on the roof of the Meijer headquarters facility with meters placed inside the building. The wind turbines are being manufactured by locally based Cascade Engineering and should be installed within the next 45 days. Meijer is also hoping to expand its wind turbine project to include its stores in the west Michigan lakeshore communities of Grand Haven and Norton Shores.
Meijer has launched numerous green initiatives through the past few years, including the construction of LEED certified stores, a plastic bag recycling program and the continued expansion of green products sold inside the stores, including re-usable bags.
Whole Foods Market Honored by EPA
New York City Whole Foods Market in Lakewood, Texas, is the first store to achieve silver-level certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership.
The store received the certification based on its use of refrigerants with zero ozone-depleting potential. These refrigerants support a storewide annual refrigerant emissions rate of 15% or less. They also achieve an average HFC refrigerant charge equal to or less than 1.75 lbs of refrigerant per 1,000 BTUs per hour of total evaporator cooling load.
According to reports, the store, which uses a distributed refrigeration system from Hussman, reduced its refrigerant charge by 50% vs. the industry average.
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry and other stakeholders to promote advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce refrigerant charges and emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.
Staples Gets Gold in Miami
Miami Staples’ store on Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, is the first store in Miami-Dade County, and the first in the chain, to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The store provides superior indoor air quality by using only low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and other building products, and protects and restores habitats by using 100% native plants and shrubs in landscaping. It preserves non-renewable virgin resources by using drywall, steel, concrete, bathroom partitions, carpet and parking stops made from recycled materials during the construction process.
Rainwater is used for plant irrigation, and energy management and thermal comfort is delivered through indoor temperature controls that are adjusted based on occupancy loads and external weather conditions.
“Achieving gold LEED certification from the USGBC is a testament to the team’s efforts and our commitment to making a difference in communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Ulysses Perez, Staples’ Biscayne Boulevard general manager.