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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- Roundy's Supermarkets' Oconomowoc Distribution Center has been accepted into Wisconsin's Green Tier program, thanks to the grocer's efforts to make the depot more environmentally friendly.
"The building of our Oconomowoc Distribution Center gave us an opportunity to pay particular attention to the environment," said Robert Mariano, Roundy's chairman and c.e.o. The operator's steps to make the distribution center more environmentally friendly included:
- Installing lighting timers to conserve electric power consumption throughout the facility;
- Designing the building to optimize daylight in order to reduce lighting demands;
- Using sand only on all parking lots and drives during winter ice conditions to protect runoff water quality;
- Designing the fuel storage and distribution center to exceed federal requirements in case of any accidental spills;
- Installing landscaping that includes berms, trees, and grasses that provide habitat for wildlife.
In another demonstration its commitment to environmental improvement, Roundy said it has installed diesel oxidation catalysts that will reduce diesel exhaust emissions on more than one-fourth of the company's Class 8 truck fleet. The company said it is also committed to recycling cardboard, plastics and pallets at the center. Roundy's will also work with the state's Department of Natural Resources to evaluate whether certain technological and operational equipment, processes or devices present actual benefits to reducing mobile emissions and improved fuel economy.
With nearly $4 billion in sales and 21,000 employees, Roundy's operates 147 retail grocery stores under the Pick 'n Save, Copps and Rainbow Foods banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois.