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Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design
From our store architecture to our in-store technology, Giant Eagle® continues to take every step possible to ensure a more Earth-friendly experience when you walk through our doors. That’s why many of our locations are designed to incorporate environmental features that help improve building performance according to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
As of 2013, Giant Eagle has seven LEED-certified stores, including the world’s first for supermarkets. These stores include environmentally friendly features such as water-efficient lavatory fixtures, non-ozone-depleting refrigerant in all cooling systems, drought-resistant landscaping and more.
We understand that a smaller carbon footprint plays a major role in allowing for a sustainable environment. That’s why we are committed to providing alternative fuels at our stores and fueling stations.
For starters, we’ve taken on the responsibility of switching to cleaner fuels for our own vehicles. In 2011, we opened up two compressed natural gas fueling stations at one of our retail support and distribution centers.
We’ve also begun to offer free electric-vehicle charging stations at a few of our retail stores. This will allow shoppers to recharge their battery in the time it takes to finish a normal shopping trip.
From your plastic bags and unwanted digital devices to our cardboard and office paper, we’re dedicated to recycling every last ounce of material possible so future generations may live on a healthier, cleaner planet. In fact, as part of our eWaste Recycling program, which focuses on responsible recycling of electronics such as cell phones and ink cartridges, we were able to eliminate over 1,700 pounds of landfill waste.
Here’s a more detailed look at all of our recycling programs.
Our reusable bags are part of a commitment to creating a useable (and reusable) planet. By offering these Earth-friendly alternatives to traditional options, we’re able to help reduce the amount of pollutants it takes to produce, dispose and even recycle them. They’re also larger than standard bags, which means you can fit a lot more in them.
Awards & Recognitions
As a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership we continue to be evermore motivated to do whatever we can to promote greener, more Earth-friendly ways of doing things.
In 2012, of the seven locations that participated in the ENERGY STAR 2012 National Building Competition, the EPA ENERGY STAR program recognized six Giant Eagle locations for having achieved excellence in Energy Efficiency. This was the 11th year that we received this recognition. We also received the EPA GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership “2011 GreenChill Best Emission Rate,” which is awarded to GreenChill Partners with the best refrigerant emission rate.
And this year we landed in Green Power’s top 20 Retail Partner list. We also partner with SmartWay, which helps to improve fuel efficiency and increase environmental performance and supply chain sustainability.