LEED certification is the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) standard for designating environmentally responsible buildings. The store was designed and built using processes and materials that are environmentally friendly and features:
- Naturally beautiful light with more than 40 skylights, which minimize electricity usage.
- Fresh air monitored with air quality sensors and preserved through the use of adhesives, sealants, paints, carpeting and wood products low in volatile organic compounds, as well as a green housekeeping program.
- Convenient access with on-site bike racks, adjacent housing and nearby busways.
- Planted roof — one of the city's largest green roofs, which cleanses and reduces storm water run-off.
- Water conservation with landscaping featuring drought-tolerant vegetation, which requires no irrigation.
- Energy savings — consuming 20 percent less energy than comparable, conventionally designed supermarkets, with electricity produced by green energy sources.
- Decreased heating and cooling with increased insulation, a green roof and skylighting.
- Alternative flooring that virtually eliminates costly and repetitive floor maintenance.
To learn more about specific environmentally responsible features look for all LEED markers around our Shadyside store on your next shopping trip. Group environmental education tours are available by contacting Conservation Consultants, Inc. at 412.431.4449, ext. 214 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.