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.
LEED for Retail Now Open for Public Comment
Boston The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the opening of the public comment period for its LEED for Retail rating system, both for new construction and commercial interiors projects. LEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of the retail environment and offers a certification system that addresses the various types of retail spaces available, from grocery stores to big-box retailers, to restaurants and banks.
Since the pilot’s launch in April 2007, USGBC has collaborated with over 80 retail pilot project teams to develop and refine the innovative program. Once balloted, LEED for Retail will become a part of LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green-building certification system.
“Retailers have become strong adopters of LEED, recognizing the need to green their space in order to convey their corporate values to their customer,” said Doug Gatlin, VP, market development, USGBC. “The LEED for Retail rating system is designed specifically for retailers’ unique needs and features technologies and strategies they can use to create spaces that are healthier and safer for customers and employees.”
This is the third public comment for LEED for Retail: New Construction and Major Renovation and the second for LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors. Public comment for LEED for Retail opened on Nov. 12 and will conclude Nov. 27.