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Sprouts to open first LEED-certified location

BY CSA STAFF

Phoenix Grocery retailer Sprouts Farmers Market said it will open a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified store in Culver City, Calif.

According to a report by Supermarket News, the certification will be the retailer’s first of its 49 stores.

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Southwest Signs continues green initiatives

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San Antonio Southwest Signs continues its “Going Green” initiatives by designing and manufacturing two 100% solar-powered signs in San Antonio.

The eco-friendly signs were installed at Baptist Hospital. It was going to cost the hospital a small fortune to run electrical to the existing sign because it is so far from the facility. Southwest Signs suggested the solar-powered signs to solve their problem, as well as help the hospital reduce power consumption costs and have a positive impact on the environment. Both signs are capable of lighting for 12 hours a night.

Southwest Signs built and installed its first award winning solar-powered sign last year, at the Quarry Golf Course and Restaurant. It was honored by the Texas Sign Association as one of the best smaller freestanding electrical signs in the state of Texas.

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Hy-Vee joins EPA’ GreenChill program

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New York City Hy-Vee is the latest U.S. supermarket chain to join the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Program to reduce refrigerant emissions.

“Hy-Vee’s participation in GreenChill underscores the company’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of our operations,” said Michael Smith, Hy-Vee’s director of real estate and sustainability.

By joining GreenChill, Hy-Vee commits to:

  • Require that all of its new and remodeled stores use environmentally friendlier refrigerants;
  • Reduce the amount of refrigerant they use and eliminate refrigerant leaks; and
  • Adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices.

The GreenChill Partnership was launched in 2007 and now has 49 partners with nearly 5,500 stores. The EPA estimates that GreenChill supermarkets have refrigerant leak rates about 50% lower than the industry average.

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