Whole Foods store awarded double green honors
New York City — Whole Foods Market’s store in Lake Grove has become the first supermarket in the United States to be awarded with both a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council as well as a Three Green Globe certification from the Green Building Initiative.
The store, which opened in March 2010, is the third of Whole Foods Market’s 22 locations in the Northeast region to receive a LEED certification, and the first to be recognized by the Green Building Initiative.
Whole Foods’ Lake Grove site features a number of sustainable features, including water efficiency fixtures reduced water usage by more than 40% from the calculated baseline design fixture performance requirements established by the Energy Policy Act of 1992. More than a 20% reduction in lighting power density was achieved over that allowed by the ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1 2004. A companywide purchase of 776 million-kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in 2009 helped the project to earn green power credits, as well.
More than 10% of the materials used in the construction of the store were made from recycled content and another 10% were reused resources (reclaimed Douglas fir). And 75% of all the construction waste from the project was recycled rather than being placed in a landfill or incinerated.
Low-emitting materials from paints and adhesives to furniture and carpet were used in the project. Plus. thorough flush-out of the building was conducted to ensure the indoor environmental quality of the building was ideal for customers and associates.
Fresh & Easy to install solar systems on nine Arizona stores
El Segundo, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced a partnership with REC Solar, a leading solar electric system provider in the United States, to install roof-mount solar systems on nine stores in Arizona. The installation of the systems will begin in March 2011.
The combined 410 kW of installed solar systems will produce an estimated 620,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, the equivalent of reducing 22 million lbs. of CO2 emissions — or removing 28 million car-driven miles — over the next 25 years.
Fresh & Easy has invested in one of California’s largest solar roof installations on its distribution center in Riverside, Calif. The installation, which is more than 500,000 sq. ft., currently produces about one-fifth of the energy for the entire facility. Fresh & Easy’s website features a live reporting feed from the solar installation at the distribution center, reporting in real time the performance of the panel (http://freshandeasy.com/GreenBuilding
“With the success of our solar panel installation on our distribution center, we’re confident these systems on our stores will help cut down on energy costs even further,” said Tim Mason, Fresh & Easy CEO.
Macy’s to install Philips EnduraLED lamps in nationwide retrofit
Somerset, N.J. — Philips Lighting Wednesday announced that Macy’s has selected its custom-designed Philips EnduraLED solid-state LED lamp as part of the nationwide program to retrofit 117,000 halogen-based accent lighting in 86 of its U.S. stores.
The lamp featured in the Macy’s retrofit is the EnduraLED PAR38 SP15, which uses just 13 watts and replaces the 47-watt halogen bulbs the retailer currently uses. The EnduraLED has also been approved for the retailer’s long term retrofit plans, which are part of Macy’s comprehensive program of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
Macy’s is the first department store to implement the use of LED accent lighting on a wide scale. The new EnduraLED PAR38 SP15 lamp gives Macy’s a sustainable, effective lighting solution that provides both aesthetics and significant energy savings.
The new lamp also gives Macy’s a custom beam angle that gives the retailer more control in accenting merchandise, as well as an optimal color temperature that brings out tones and characteristics of goods, giving consumers a truer sense of a product’s quality and attributes.