Raley’s Joins EPA’s GreenChill Partnership
West Sacramento, Calif. Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership and voluntarily committed to reducing refrigerant emissions to help fight climate change and protect the Earth’s ozone layer.
“For a number of years, Raley’s has shared the EPA’s commitment to decreasing refrigerant emissions through efficient HVAC systems and proprietary store design,” said Ed Estberg, Raley’s senior director of facilities. “This new partnership demonstrates our commitment to being an environmentally conscious retailer and supports our mission to be good stewards of the Earth.”
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with food retailers to promote green technologies, strategies, and practices that protect the stratospheric ozone layer, reduce greenhouse gases, and save money. Under the agreement with the EPA, Raley’s has committed to the following:
- Require all new and remodeled stores to be free of ozone-depleting substances, in advance of the Clean Air Act phase-out requirements;
- Establish an emissions inventory and meet annual emissions reduction targets; and
- Develop a refrigeration-management plan that lists technologies, strategies, and practices used to achieve emissions reductions goals.
According to the EPA, GreenChill partners in the food retail business have refrigerant emissions rates nearly 50% lower than the EPA-estimated industry average.
Food Lion to seek LEED certification for new S.C. store
Food Lion LLC will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its store in Summit Commons Shopping Center, Columbia, S.C.
“By building the first LEED grocery store in our company’s history and in South Carolina, we are reducing energy costs by more than 20% compared to a typical supermarket as well as conserving 44% more water,” said Kyle Mitchell VP store development Food Lion.
The store features environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including high-efficiency lighting that dims lights based on natural sunlight in the store; LED lighting in the frozen food cases; low-flow and sensor-activated water fixtures in restrooms; and bathroom partitions made from 100% post-consumer recycled material.
In addition, environmental education is offered via kiosks and signage throughout the store.
Nike, Starbucks Join New Environmental Business Coalition
Oakland, Calif. Nike, Starbucks, Sun Microsystems, Levi Strauss & Co. and The Timberland Co. have partnered with Ceres to create a business coalition, dubbed Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy, (BICEP) that will lobby Washington for swift and stringent climate-change legislation.
“Jump-starting the transition to a clean-energy economy will require bold energy and bold climate policies from Washington, and all businesses, not just the major emitters, must have a voice in crafting these policies since climate change will impact all sectors of our economy,” said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a coalition of investors and environmental groups working to address sustainability challenges.
The new group plans to flex its muscles for aggressive new environmental policies based on the following eight principles:
1. Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2020, a more stringent goal than California’s far-reaching climate-change regulation, which aims for cutting emissions to 1990 levels by 2020;
2. A nationwide greenhouse-gas cap-and-trade system in which all emissions permits are auctioned off, not given away;
3. Creating aggressive policies that will lead to a doubling of the historic energy-efficiency-improvement rate;
4. A national renewable portfolio standard where 20% of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2020, increasing to 30% by 2030;
5. Investment in renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and the elimination of subsidies for fossil fuels;
6. No more coal-fired power plants unless they use CCS technology, with a plan to eliminate existing plants without CCS by 2030;
7. Boosting more efficient transportation in the form of plug-in electric and fuel-efficient vehicles, low-carbon fuels and transit-friendly development; and
8. Green-collar job investment.