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    Stop & Shop Garners Environmental Award

    The supermarket chain is honored for its commitment to sustainability in operations and buildings.

    The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. will receive today the John A.S. McGlennon Environmental Award for Corporate Leadership from the Environmental Business Council (EBC) of New England. Stop & Shop president and c.e.o. Jose Alvarez will accept the award at the Environmental Business Council's 15th Annual EBEE Awards Celebration, held this year at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass. The award honors outstanding environmental leadership and commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

    The recognition comes on the heels of Stop & Shop's attainment of LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making the Ahold USA banner the first supermarket chain and the first company in the country to earn volume certification under the "Portfolio Program."

    "At Stop & Shop, we are deeply committed to corporate social responsibility and believe it is important to embed sustainability in every part of our company," said Alvarez. "The achievements are a tribute to our many associates who have worked very hard to make us an industry leader in green and energy-efficient operations and buildings."

    Stop & Shop has also recently earned recognition for superior energy performance of its supermarkets by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was the only supermarket chain in the country and the only company in New England to be named an Energy Star Leader in 2007. Also in 2007, the grocer became an Energy Star Partner, earned the Energy star certification on two stores, and was honored as an Energy Star Leaders Top Performer with a chainwide Portfolio Manager rating over 90.

    Stop & Shop, based in Quincy, Mass., employs over 59,000 associates and operates stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey.

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