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Splash Car Wash receives water-conservation certification

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Westchester, N.Y. Splash Car Wash said Tuesday it has received certification from the International Carwash Association’s WaterSavers program.

The program designation is granted when standardized requirements are met, such as reclaiming and recycling treated water for future wash cycles, and discharging effluent to a sanitary sewer system.

In addition, Splash Car Wash uses biodegradable cleaning products to further supplement their eco-conscious practices.

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Albertsons first grocer to earn LEED certification on remodel

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Fullerton, Calif. Albertsons’ remodeled store in La Habra, Calif., has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first major retail grocery store to earn the distinction for an interior remodel.

From the start of the project in September 2008 through its completion in December 2008, the remodel of the 55,711-sq-ft. supermarket was focused on 100% energy efficiency. Additionally, more than 95% of the remodel’s construction waste was separated and recycled or donated to reduce the amount of garbage going into the landfills.

“Like our parent company Supervalu, Albertsons is committed to taking proactive steps to minimize our carbon footprint. We are thrilled that we could apply our learnings on sustainability at Supervalu to create the first LEED-certified grocery store remodel in the nation,” noted Sue Klug, Albertson Southern California Division president.

The store’s energy-saving measures include Internet energy monitoring of refrigeration, lighting, air-conditioning and heating equipment, and the use of night on all open cold cases in the produce, meat and deli departments in the evening. The curtains seal in the cool air and reduce spoilage and energy costs by up to 25%. Other features include:

  • Water-saving faucets, fixtures and sensors installed in the restrooms to reduce the amount of water by over 45%;
  • Over 40 skylights combined with photo-sensor-controlled dimmable lighting on the sales floor that create a comfortable shopping experience while reducing the store’s electricity usage;
  • Asystem that seizes heat from the refrigeration system (used to cool frozen and perishable products) and re-captures it for heating the store’s hot water;
  • New carbon-dioxide sensors and high-grade air filters to keep air inside the store clean and fresh; and
  • LED lighting on all coolers and frozen-food case doors.

The store also offers parking spaces designated for carpoolers as a way of further promoting green living.

Palladeo Construct, a Glendale, Calif.-based, environmental design and retail strategy, custom decor and fixture fabrication and full-service construction firm, partnered with Albertsons on the La Habra store remodel.

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Walgreens goes green with store built to LEED standards

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Deerfield, Ill. Walgreens on Wednesday will celebrate the grand opening of the first drug store in Illinois designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The LEED system, developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the recognized standard for measuring a building’s sustainability quotient.

The new store, in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, features a “green roof” with plants growing on it. The roof also has a reflective white coating to help reduce heating and cooling costs. The store will save nearly 34,000 gallons of water a year with efficient water fixtures.

“It may look like a regular Walgreens from the outside, but once you take a closer look it really is green from the ground up,” said Walgreens district manager Steven DiLullo. “Customers can find informational signs inside that highlight these features so they can feel good about what we’re doing and where they shop.”

The new Walgreens is registered with the USGBC to receive LEED certification. It will be reviewed and given a specific level of certification within four-to-six months.

The store is located on a brownfield site, which was cleaned up and redeveloped for the project. During construction, 85% of the waste was diverted from landfills Coolers, freezers and exterior signs all use LED lights, reducing energy use by 50% over fluorescent lighting. It is estimated that the store will save enough electricity to power more than five homes a year. In addition, there is special parking for hybrid vehicles, bike racks and nearby public transportation. This is the second LEED-registered store that Walgreens has opened to date. The first opened in June, in Mira Mesa, Calif. In early 2010, the drug store chain will open a LEED-registered store in Normal, Ill., with two more locations to follow.

The company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint also include the use of solar-energy systems on 74 of its locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Oregon.

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