SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. Markets announced that it has received the Best Emissions Rate Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill Partnership for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all GreenChill partners in 2013. There are approximately 8,000 GreenChill partner stores throughout the nation.

Stater Bros. noted that it also received GreenChill’s Best Emissions Rate Award for 2012. Additionally, the company is the only Southern California grocer to have eight stores that have been EPA GreenChill certified at the Gold level.

“Stater Bros. is very proud to receive the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership Award for the second year in a row,” said Jack H. Brown, Stater Bros. chairman and chief executive officer. “We are committed to protecting our environment for future generations to come, and we are especially pleased that the EPA has recognized our environmental awareness efforts towards protecting the atmosphere.” 

“In earning GreenChill’s Best Emissions Rate Award for the second consecutive year, Stater Bros. has proven itself to be a leader in reducing the industry’s impact on the environment. Stater Bros. is demonstrating to other supermarkets that it is possible to achieve consistently low emissions rates, which benefits the environment as well as the company’s bottom line,” said GreenChill Program Manager Tom Land.

Stater Bros. said its commitment to the environment is further demonstrated by its energy reduction and recycling efforts. The company has replaced or retrofitted its refrigerated cases with new glass doors, reducing energy usage by 60 percent. Other standard energy reducing design features include LED lighting and energy management systems that control refrigeration, HVAC, demand response, and lighting. Stater Bros. also eliminates over 125 million pounds of waste from landfills each year through various sustainability programs. 

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Publication date: 10/13/2014

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