Winn Dixie signs cart-cleaning agreement with Green Secure Solutions
Pompano Beach, Fla. — Winn Dixie Stores has contracted Green Secure Solutions to clean, sanitize and protect shopping carts, hand baskets, handicap carts, food trays and other equipment at the grocer’s 484 stores.
“This service protects our customers’ health by using and environmentally safe product that continues to kill bacteria and other microorganisms for six months between treatments,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie group VP marketing. “We’re providing an invisible shield that provides additional protection for our customers and the food they’re buying.”
Green Secure Solutions’ mobile sanitizing units act like a car wash, with shopping carts and other equipment washed and sterilized as they pass through the unit. Once the carts are dry, technicians electrostatically apply Bioshield 75, and water-based product that creates a highly durable coating that bonds to surfaces on which it is applied.
According to Green Secure, Bioshield 75 is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for use in food contact surfaces. It is effective in eliminating and preventing growth of E. coli, staphylococcus, MRSA, salmonella strains and other potentially harmful micro-organisms.
Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings
New York City — The District of Columbia came out on top on The U.S. Green Building Council’s 2010 list of Top 10 states for LEED-certified commercial and institutional green buildings per capita, based on the U.S. 2010 Census information. The district had 25 sq. ft. of LEED-certified space per person in 2010, followed by Nevada, with 10.92 sq. ft. per person in 2010.
The top LEED states per capita, including the District of Columbia:
- District of Columbia: 25.15 sq. ft.
- Nevada: 10.92 sq. ft.
- New Mexico: 6.35 sq. ft.
- New Hampshire: 4.49 sq. ft.
- Oregon: 4.07 sq. ft.
- South Carolina: 3.19 sq. ft.
- Washington: 3.16 sq. ft.
- Illinois: 3.09 sq. ft.
- Arkansas: 2.9 sq. ft.
- Colorado: 2.85 sq. ft.
- Minnesota: 2.77 sq. ft.
PCC Natural Markets awarded LEED Platinum
Seattle — The newest location of PCC Natural Markets (PCC), the nation’s largest natural foods retail cooperative, has been LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum from the United States Green Building Council. The store, in Edmonds, Wash., is also Salmon-Safe certified, making it the only grocery store in the nation to have earned both honors.
The store’s LEED Platinum certification falls under the USGBC’s new program called “LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors.” It earned Salmon-Safe certification for its environmentally innovative redesign and development of its three-acre site. Specifically, the location is being recognized for harvesting rooftop rainwater for irrigation and other reuse, incorporating low input landscaping, and for treatment of parking lot runoff through its rain gardens. In this case, Salmon Safe Certification criteria helped contribute to the overall LEED rating points system, demonstrating how the two certifications can work together.
“Our transformation of a long-vacant building into a showcase of features and systems that protect and conserve natural resources demonstrates PCC’s commitment to operating stores that are as healthy for customers and employees as the products we sell,” said Tracy Wolpert, PCC’s CEO.
The store was designed and built by Seattle-based Velocipede Architects.