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Toys ‘R’ Us details sustainable initiatives in new and remodeled stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Wayne, N.J. – Toys “R” Us has implemented a number of sustainable initiatives that conserve energy, minimize waste, and reduce its stores’ overall impact on the environment while diminishing the company’s carbon footprint.

The chain said that its new and renovated “R”Us locations include a combination of the following sustainable features:

  • A state-of-the-art energy management system that monitors environmental conditions and adjusts temperature, lighting and CO2 levels throughout the store in order to utilize natural light and reduce energy consumption;
  • A custom daylight harvesting system, which includes a number of design components, such as skylights, cutting-edge dimmable fixtures and lighting sensors that reduce up to 50% of electric lighting energy used during the day;
  • Energy-efficient LED fixtures in outdoor signage instead of florescent signage, which increase energy savings and reduce toxic materials and maintenance costs;
  • Low-flow water closets and urinals and automatic faucets and flush valves, which conserve water;
  • High efficiency automatic hand dryers that use 80% less energy than standard hand dryers while eliminating the need for paper towel products and therefore lessening the impact on landfills;
  • A cardboard baler that facilitates recycling and reduces the impact on landfills;
  • Low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint and floor adhesive are used during construction because they produce little odor during application and no lingering odor once cured;
  • A vestibule entry way system that reduces the amount of outside contaminants being tracked into the store interior, while helping to improve indoor air quality; and
  • White reflective roof that significantly reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the building which, in turn, reduces the building’s energy requirement for cooling.

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CVS distribution center awarded LEED Gold

BY Marianne Wilson

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy’s distribution center in Chemung County, N.Y., has been awarded LEED Gold certification from the United States Building Council. It it the chain’s first LEED-certified distribution center.

The 751,000-sq.-ft. facility is the largest industrial building in the state of New York — and one of-the-10 largest industrial buildings in the United States — to receive to achieve LEED Gold, which is the second-highest level of LEED certification given by the USGBC. The CVS center was designed and built by Gray Construction.

Among the sustainable design elements featured in the facility are:

  • Energy-efficient, white PVC insulated roof;
  • Interior and exterior lighting with daylight sensors and timers;
  • High-efficiency, low-flow plumbing fixtures;
  • Rainwater harvest system for irrigation;
  • Fluorescent fixtures and skylights; and
  • Construction process using local materials, recycled materials and waste recycling.

The Chemung center, which opened in June, will support the inventory and fulfillment needs of approximately 350 CVS/pharmacy stores in the Northeast.

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Fresh & Easy powers up REC solar panels at 11 stores

BY Staff Writer

Phoenix — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market said Thursday it has turned on 11 rooftop solar installations in Phoenix and Los Angeles. The panels, installed by REC Solar, will provide 536 kW of power and supply 20% of each store’s energy needs.

REC Solar installed roof-mounted solar systems on 10 stores throughout the greater Phoenix metro area, including stores in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Avondale, Ariz. The Fresh & Easy in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles also features a solar system. The systems feature REC Peak Energy Series Panels, from global solar panel manufacturing leader, REC Group.

In addition to the panels, the stores features an in-store display that reports real-time solar energy production at the store while explaining how solar systems work to store customers. On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket. Fresh & Easy has also worked to reduce emissions and has the most currently certified stores through the EPA’s GreenChill program, according to the company.

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