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Jean Coutu Opens Its First Green Store

The Jean Coutu Group Inc. unveiled its first retail pharmacy built according to environment protection standards, which cost approximately $4 million to develop.Located in Beloeil, the 14,000-square-foot store used low-emission materials (eco-source paint) and energy efficient insulation material fo Read More...

Jewel-Osco Unveils Third Green Chicago Store

Jewel-Osco unveiled its new green store design in Chicago’s Lakeview area today, featuring recycled construction materials, energy-efficient LED lighting, water-saving fixtures and faucets and a “green” roof with vegetation.Replacing an old store half its size, the new 62,000-squar Read More...

Retailer LEED Process Streamlined by U.S. Green Building Council

Two new programs introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) during the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo promise to streamline the LEED Certification process for chain retailers.The new programs –– LEED for Retail, USGBC’s newest green building rating system Read More...

Hannaford Plans Third LEED Certified Store

Hannaford Bros. plans to build its third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) grocery store and pharmacy, this one located in Hinesburg, Vt., according to the Burlington Free Press.In 2009, Hannaford developed a 49,000-square-foot store in Augusta, Me., as the “world’s fi Read More...

Retail Sustainability is Mission Critical

By Maureen AzzatoOn the lowest rung of the ladder there are those in the retail and consumer packaged goods industries who view sustainability as something they have to do to remain complaint with government regulations. Climb up the ladder a few rungs you find companies that believe sustainability Read More...

Kum & Go to Build Green Stores in Cedar Rapids

Kum & Go is in entering the Cedar Rapids, Iowa market with plans to build eight to 10 new stores using green construction best practices, according to a report in KCRG-TV9’s web site.Construction is underway at one location that is expected to open in September, with other locations slated Read More...

Royal Farms Convenience Store Receives LEED Certification

Royal Farms' convenience store in Dover, Pa., received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the company’s first such designation.Royal Farms, which said it is committed to certifying all of its eligible locations in the future Read More...

Toys R Us Includes Environmental Features in 44 Stores

As part of its continuing strategy to develop more combined Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, Toys R Us Inc. said it is incorporating environmental features in 44 new and remodeled locations.By the end of the year the company will have have 21 new stores, including 11 R Superstores and 10 Side-by-Si Read More...

Publix Builds Green Store in Boynton Beach

Across the street from a current Publix in Boynton Beach, the Florida grocer plans to build a larger store with various cutting-edge environmental features, according to a Sun Sentinel report.The new 45,600-square-foot store, which used to be a Winn-Dixie, will open next summer in the Boynton Lakes Read More...

H-E-B to Open Green Store in Austin

H-E-B plans to build a first-of-its-kind green store in the Mueller section of Austin, as part of a larger 110,000-square-foot shopping center.Construction of the 75,000-square-foot store will start late next year and is schedule to open in 2013, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesma Read More...

Food Lion Receives LEED Silver Certification for Two Stores

Two Food Lion stores in Fayetteville, N.C., have been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.Both stores feature a number of environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient services, including an on-site recycling center, an educational kiosk a Read More...

DOE Retail Building Guide Can Help Operators Cut Energy Costs

A new Retail Building Guide published by the Department of Energy demonstrates how operators can cut their energy costs in half compared to typically building code allowances.This publication is the third in a series developed through partnerships with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating Read More...

Fresh By Brookshire's Awarded LEED Green Building Certification

Brookshire Grocery Company’s Fresh by Brookshire’s store in Tyler, Texas, has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the first grocery store in East Texas to earn such certification.“LEED certification for Fresh was achieved through a team effo Read More...

Seven Retailers Honored by EPA with 2012 Energy Star Awards

Seven retailers are among the more than 100 companies recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with 2012 Energy Star Awards.Sears Holding Co. received the highest honor – The Energy Star Corporate Commitment Award – which is reserved for partners whose superior achie Read More...

LEED v4 Approved, Launches This Fall

The membership of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the green building rating system.The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting of LEED v4, which includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent ap Read More...

Food Industry Threw Out More Than 4 Billion Pounds of Food

Food manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers together disposed of 4.1 billion pounds of food waste to landfills across the country in 2011, according to a new study from the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA).he study is the first comprehensive assessment of food waste data collected directly fr Read More...

Sears to Compete in Energy Star's National Building Competition

Sears Holdings Corp. has been selected to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, which is designed to help improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment.Sears Holdings e Read More...

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