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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Food Lion with a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its ongoing protection of the environment through superior energy efficiency. This is the 15th straight year that Salisbury, N.C.-based Food Lion has garnered the award, making it the only grocer to have done so.
"We are honored to serve as a leader in energy conservation," said Susan Sollenberger, Food Lion’s director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing. "This award speaks to our commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout our 10-state footprint. Since beginning our partnership with the EPA and Energy Star, Food Lion's energy reductions are equivalent to powering 76,364 homes for one year."
“By continued collaboration with Energy Star, Food Lion is helping Americans save money, save energy, and do their part to reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that exacerbate climate change,” noted EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Food Lion demonstrates a strong commitment to energy efficiency and to preserving a healthy planet for future generations.”
The award will be presented in Washington, D.C., on April 13.
Along with energy conservation, Food Lion’s sustainability initiatives include sustainable seafood, recycling, and hunger relief through its Food Lion Feeds initiatives.
A company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group, Food Lion has nearly 1,100 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, employing more than 65,000 associates.