Whole Foods Market Honored by EPA
New York City Whole Foods Market in Lakewood, Texas, is the first store to achieve silver-level certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership.
The store received the certification based on its use of refrigerants with zero ozone-depleting potential. These refrigerants support a storewide annual refrigerant emissions rate of 15% or less. They also achieve an average HFC refrigerant charge equal to or less than 1.75 lbs of refrigerant per 1,000 BTUs per hour of total evaporator cooling load.
According to reports, the store, which uses a distributed refrigeration system from Hussman, reduced its refrigerant charge by 50% vs. the industry average.
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry and other stakeholders to promote advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce refrigerant charges and emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.
Staples Gets Gold in Miami
Miami Staples’ store on Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, is the first store in Miami-Dade County, and the first in the chain, to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The store provides superior indoor air quality by using only low-emitting materials for adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, carpet and other building products, and protects and restores habitats by using 100% native plants and shrubs in landscaping. It preserves non-renewable virgin resources by using drywall, steel, concrete, bathroom partitions, carpet and parking stops made from recycled materials during the construction process.
Rainwater is used for plant irrigation, and energy management and thermal comfort is delivered through indoor temperature controls that are adjusted based on occupancy loads and external weather conditions.
“Achieving gold LEED certification from the USGBC is a testament to the team’s efforts and our commitment to making a difference in communities where our customers and associates live and work,” said Ulysses Perez, Staples’ Biscayne Boulevard general manager.
Starbucks Opens ‘Green’ Roasting Plant
Seattle Starbucks Corp. said Thursday it opened a new roasting plant in South Carolina that meets a standard for green design.
The new plant, located in Calhoun County, will employ 100 full-time workers and will supply coffee to stores in the Southeast.
Starbucks said it has been awarded LEED certification for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. The certification is awarded to projects that use green design elements to reduce energy and waste.
The company said 20% of the plant’s building materials were from recycled content and more than 75% of construction waste was recycled. A portion of the power used to operate the plant will be supplied by wind energy.
Starbucks has said it will get LEED certification for all new company-operated stores by the end of 2010.