April 4, 2013
Stop & Shop New England
Stop & Shop New England Announces Carbon Reduction Advancements in Massachusetts
Company partners with Environmental League of Massachusetts to support the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act and encourage all sectors to do more
(QUINCY, Mass.,) April 4, 2013 - The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announced sustainability advancements today in Massachusetts, in particular, its progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state where it currently operates 131 stores. In 2008, Stop & Shop committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015. The announcement was held at Stop & Shop's LEED-certified store in Wayland, Mass.
The company also renewed its partnership with the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), as a member of the ELM Corporate Council, and recommitted to furthering the goals of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and 85% by 2050.
"Stop & Shop is committed to responsible retailing knowing that what's good for society is good for business too," says Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England. "We continuously strive for ways in which we can make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our partnership with ELM will help us continue to drive our sustainability efforts and help us contribute significantly to the state's overall sustainability mission."
Today, 54 stores across the banner including 16 in Massachusetts use 20 percent less energy than a typical grocery store and are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certified. New energy saving features include, but are not limited to, white roofing, skylights, LED lights, low air return in frozen isles, low flow bathrooms/prep areas, sensors, coolers/refrigerators and paint/cleaning supplies. Stop & Shop also uses energy efficient trucks for transport and is a member of EPA's Smart Way program.
To put the company's efforts in perspective, 73 homes in Massachusetts and nearly 500 homes across New England could be powered annually solely on Stop & Shop's solar power installation efforts.
"Stop & Shop is a corporate leader and role model for the industry in terms of environmental stewardship" says George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. "We formed the ELM Corporate Council because we believe the environment and the economy are inextricably linked. We can be both pro-growth and pro-environment if we take care to develop energy efficient buildings and transportation. Stop & Shop is living proof it is good business and good for the community."
"Stop & Shop and ELM have been leaders in demonstrating that protecting the environment and strengthening the economy are not in conflict. We can do both, and the Wayland store is a tangible example," says Tom Conroy, State Representative, Wayland (13th Middlesex District).
In addition, Phillip Griffiths, Under Secretary in the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, represented the Governor and offered his congratulations to Stop & Shop for their leadership in the fight against global warming.
For additional information on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Global Warming Solutions Act, visit the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection or the Environmental League of Massachusetts. And, for more around what's being done in-store, visit www.stopandshop.com.
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs approximately 63,000 associates and operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness - with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 54 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com.
About Environmental League of Massachusetts
The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is the Commonwealth's oldest environmental advocacy nonprofit. ELM's mission is to protect the air, water and land of the Commonwealth and to work with civic leaders to promote clean energy, energy efficiency and policies that fight climate change. ELM collaborates with a variety of leaders in business and government as well with other environmental nonprofits to achieve effective results. For more information, visit www.environmentalleague.org.