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Weis Markets' store in Selinsgrove, Pa., has received a gold level GreenChill certification from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for reducing in-store refrigerant usage by more than 60 percent.
This is the 12th store in the chain to be certified. GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change
The Selinsgrove store, which opened in August 2014, incorporates advanced refrigeration and climate control technologies designed to lessen the store’s impact on the environment and reduce its refrigerant use to 50 percent less than that of a typical supermarket.
The store has other sustainable features including polished concrete floors, LED refrigerated cases, energy efficient skylights, motion sensors and low-flow water fixtures. The store also diverts and composts its food waste.
“We are committed to reducing our environmental impact in the communities we serve,” said R. Kevin Small, Weis Markets VP, construction and development. “The GreenChill certification is an acknowledgement of the work and commitment of our store and development associates who helped us implement and monitor our program to reduce refrigerant usage in our Selinsgrove store. As part of this effort, we’ve installed more efficient refrigeration and frozen cases, which has reduced our store’s reliance on ozone depleting refrigerants by 60 percent.”