Giant Eagle was recognized as the supermarket retail chain with the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant rate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2017 GreenChill Partnership Annual Achievements. The Port Townsend Food Co-op was recognized for having the lowest emissions rate among small/independent grocers.

EPA's GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The partnership is designed to help supermarkets move to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce refrigerant emissions; and adopt greener refrigeration technologies and best practices. According to Tom Land, EPA’s GreenChill Partnership program manager, there are more than 10,000 GreenChill stores across the country, representing all 50 states.

Other 2017 GreenChill recognition recipients include:

Distinguished Partner (the individual or organization demonstrating extraordinary leadership and initiative in achieving GreenChill’s mission):
● Benny Smith, vice president of facilities, Price Chopper.

Best of the Best (the best GreenChill certified store of all stores certified in the past year):

Most Improved Emissions Rate:
● Hanover Co-op Food Stores.

Exceptional Goal Achievement (partners that achieved their “stretch” refrigerant emissions reduction goal:
● Brookshire Grocery Co.
● City Market Onion River Co-op.
● Giant Eagle.
● Weis Markets.

Superior Goal Achievement (partners that achieved their refrigerant emissions reduction goal):

● Brookshire Grocery Co.
● City Market Onion River Co-op
● Coborn’s
● Giant Eagle
● Hanover Co-op Food Stores
● The Kroger Co.
● Meijer
● Port Townsend Food Co-op
● Price Chopper
● Target
● Weis Markets

Store Certification Excellence – Supermarket (the supermarket company that achieved the most GreenChill store certifications in the past year):
● Sprouts Farmers Market.

Store Certification Excellence -- Non-supermarket (the commercial systems manufacturer with the most systems installed in GreenChill certified stores in the past year):
● Hillphoenix.

Store Re-certification Excellence –Supermarket (supermarkets that renewed their GreenChill Store Certification for five consecutive years):
● ShopRite Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania.
● Sprouts Farmers Market, Grand Junction, Colorado.
● Sprouts Farmers Market, Whittier, California.
● Weis Markets, Windsor Mill, Maryland.
● Whole Foods Market, Santa Rosa, California.

Publication date: 10/30/2017

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