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LANDOVER, Md. and QUINCY, Mass. -- Giant Food, LLC and the Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. have been named an Energy Star Leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the superior energy performance of their supermarkets.
With over 575 stores covering more than 33 million square feet, Stop & Shop and Giant Food stores are said to use about 40 percent less energy than average supermarkets.
"We are fully committed to finding solutions that will protect the environment today and for generations to come," noted Giant/Stop & Shop s.v.p. Ruth Kinzey, calling such measures “the right thing to do.”
"Stop & Shop/Giant Food's success is a win-win situation," said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Stat Commercial and Industrial program. "Customers will benefit from lower energy costs, and Americans will benefit from a healthier environment."
EPA has recognized only a few other U.S. supermarket chains as Energy Star Leaders, among them Food Lion and HEB.
To achieve the designation, a retailer must demonstrate energy efficiency improvements across a collection of buildings -- not just for a single structure -- of 10 percent, 20 percent, or 30 percent (or more), or an average rating of 75 or higher across all of its buildings.
EPA’s national energy performance rating system provides a 1-100 score relative to similar buildings throughout the United States, with 50 as the average score. Stop & Shop/Giant Food stores have attained Top Performer status, with a score of 91.
Energy-efficient attributes at Stop & Shop/Giant include daylighting, T5 fluorescent lighting systems, automatic dimmers and occupancy sensors controlled by state-of-the-art energy management systems, refrigeration systems with high-efficiency fan motors, and low-energy glass.
Stop & Shop/Giant employs over 82,000 associates and operates 575 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
Energy Star, a program of the U.S. EPA, began in 1992 as a voluntary partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency.