Supervalu joins DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge
Washington, D.C. — Supervalu has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which aims to engage building operators nationwide in improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. The announcement was made by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton during a leadership event attended by Craig Herkert, Supervalu chief executive officer and president, in Washington, D.C.
“Reducing our energy footprint and creating a more thoughtful and sustainable operation are important priorities, and we will continue to test innovative ways to build our stores with future generations in mind,” said Herkert. “These projects are good for the environment, improve our operating efficiency and create jobs — ultimately benefiting the communities we serve.”
Supervalu, which operates more than 78 million square feet of retail and distribution center space, has had a longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. The company has invested $20 million in energy efficiency initiatives this year alone, resulting in over 1,300 projects across its enterprise.
The has been working over the past five years to reduce total carbon emissions by 10 percent and landfill waste by 50% and is on track to reach those milestones by the end of 2012.
Using cutting-edge technologies, Supervalu is engineering breakthrough projects such as the nation’s first low-carbon, ammonia refrigeration system at an Albertsons store it is remodeling in Carpinteria, Calif., which is an important pilot project in its efforts to build a model for the “grocery store of the future.”
Since 2008, SuperValu has completed 4,500 energy reduction projects, including:
- Lighting upgrades — LED, retrofit of existing frozen food lights, spot lights in produce, parking lot lighting retrofits;
- Refrigerator and freezer alarm systems to notify employees if doors are left open;
- New and retrofitted refrigerated dairy and deli cases with doors;
- Fuel cells in several of its stores to serve as the primary energy provider to that location; and
- Development of nine LEED stores throughout the country and one nationally recognized Green Store in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Earlier this year, SuperValu announced plans to transition 40 stores to zero waste operations during the company’s current fiscal year ending Feb. 25, 2012, building on the success of the company’s two zero waste stores in Santa Barbara, Calif. Through its sustainability efforts, SuperValu also reduced garbage expenses by 12.6% in its fiscal year ending February 2011 and recycling revenues exceeded landfill waste expenses for the first time.
Starbucks’ Times Square location lights up with LEDs
New York City — Solid-state lighting figures prominently in Starbucks’ newly renovated Time Square flagship in New York City. The retailer utilized the services of Focus Lighting, a New York-based architectural lighting design firm, which called upon LED Source, an international supplier of LED lighting.
“LEDs are the most energy-efficient lighting solution on the market,” said Joe Zamore, VP of business development, LED Source, Wellington, Fla., which specializes specializes in full-scale evaluations and retrofits.
“They cut costs on energy bills and maintenance fees, while still offering brilliant, functional lighting.”
In keeping with its Theatre District local, Starbucks Time Square has a distinctive design inspired by images and history of old Broadway.
Staying true to Starbuck’s new “neighborhood concept design” program, Focus Lighting lit the store as if it were a theater stage set, reminiscent of old Broadway in appearance.
Signature theatrical elements including Fresnel lighting fixtures, equipped with LED lamps and barn doors, are mounted on triangular trusses. The energy-efficient LED accent lighting is integrated into the shelving and canopy. Additionally, the Starbucks letters inside the store have been backlit to create a warm glow.
The LED lamps deployed in the store are from Toshiba Internatioanl Corp.’s LED Lighting Systems Division. Some 73 PAR30 lamps at 16.3 watts and 55 LED MR16 lamps at 6.7 watts are used throughout the space.
According to LED Source’s Zamore, Toshiba’s PAR30 lamps last on average 25 times longer than traditional bulbs and use up to 75% less energy than halogens, while the LED MR16 lamps last up to 20 times longer and use up to 80% less energy than halogens.
“Each of the bulbs contain no mercury or lead and emit up to 70% less UV light compared to halogens,” he said.
The products chosen also aligned with the design goals.
“The PAR30 lamps were perfect in trying to create an image of old Broadway. The delicacy of our aiming will stay for years to come because of the low maintenance cycle of this lamp,” said Paul Gregory, president, Focus Lighting.
Kohl’s is Green Power Partner of the Year for third consecutive year
Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Corp. was recognized with its third Green Power Partner of the Year Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions. The chain is the first retailer to be named Partner of the Year for three consecutive years.
In 2011, Kohl’s purchased 1.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kwh) of renewable energy, offsetting more than 100% of the company’s purchased electricity use. The company joined EPA’s Green Power Partnership in 2006 and made an initial purchase of more than 80 million kwh of renewable energy credits in 2007.
"Recognition as Green Power Partner of the Year demonstrates Kohl’s leadership in the use and support of renewable energy as part of our commitment to being an environmentally responsible retailer," said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. "In 2011, Kohl’s strengthened its commitment to the use and support of green power by increasing our total green power purchase by more than 52 million kilowatt-hours and purchasing enough green power to offset the purchased electricity requirements for each of our 39 new stores that opened in 2011. We were also pleased to add 16 new solar locations this year in addition to our first two wind locations, and we continue to explore additional opportunities to expand our green power and energy efficiency initiatives."
Purchase of renewable energy credits is one key component of Kohl’s ongoing efforts to implement strategies that encourage long-term resource sustainability. Other key initiatives include a companywide commitment to recycling and waste reduction, environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation, supply chain and transportation initiatives, stakeholder engagement and a strong commitment to energy efficiency.
Currently, the company operates more than 100 solar locations in nine states and has more than 650 Energy Star labeled locations – more than half of the company’s stores and more than any other department store. Since fall 2008, Kohl’s has also committed to building all new, ground-up stores according to LEED pre-certified prototypes and has most recently earned LEED Gold precertification for its new and existing new store prototypes from the U.S. Green Building Council. To date, Kohl’s has more than 200 LEED-certified locations nationwide.