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Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica to use wind power

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Mexico City Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica announced that starting Thursday, 348 of its locations in Mexico City, State of Mexico, and Morelos, will use wind-powered energy from the Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm, in Oaxaca.

The wind-farm initiative is one of the projects that will enable Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica to meet its goal of having 100% of its units operate with renewable energy sources by 2025.

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Sprouts honored for green refrigeration technology

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Washington, D.C. Sprouts Farmers Market, Phoenix, has received two more silver store certification awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for building stores that will have sharply reduced their impact on the Earth’s ozone layer and climate system compared with typical grocery stores.

“Sprouts Farmers Market is committed to continuing our efforts in green refrigeration technology focusing on the reduction of emissions of harmful HFC’s and the reduction of our carbon footprint, said Jerry Stutler, VP construction and facility engineering for Sprouts Farmers Market, which operates 54 stores.

New Sprouts stores in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Centennial, Colo., have earned silver-level certification from the EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership. The partnership enlists supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions that damage the ozone layer and contribute to global warming.

Sprouts now has four stores that have qualified for certification awards under GreenChill’s tough standards. Just 30 of the nation’s 35,000 grocery stores have qualified for certification under the GreenChill program.

To achieve silver certification, a store must meet stringent environmental criteria, including the following:

  • Use refrigerants that do not damage the Earth’s protective ozone layer;
  • Reduce the size of its refrigerant charge by at least 50% from the industry average;
  • Reduce annual refrigerant emissions to 15% or less of total store capacity; and
  • Test refrigeration systems for adherence to GreenChill’s leak tightness guidelines.

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Green building, technologies to be highlighted at Boston event

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Boston Green building products and technologies will be spotlighted on May 6 at the Nexus Exhibitor Showcase in Boston. The event will bring together 40 companies from throughout North America to meet 400 architects and designers, owners and developers, facility and property managers, contractors and more.

The semiannual event has become the regional hub for meeting vendors of pre-screened green products and networking with building industry leaders. Participating companies include: Xerox, Dyson, Energrate, Farnsworth Group, Market Advantage Plus, Nucleus6D, Aircuity, Kohler, and Tech Networks Boston.

For more information, go to nexusboston.org/visit.

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