Pollution Prevention - Sustainable Grocers
There are a significant number of opportunities at grocery stores to promote reductions in energy and water use; advance reduction, reuse, and recycling of various materials and wastes; improve management of storm water; and promote the sale and use of greener products. These measures can help mitigate greenhouse gases, conserve natural resources, create a healthier environment for employees and customers, and save money.
A number of NEWMOA’s members established sustainable or “green” business programs focused on grocery stores starting in 2011. To support these efforts, NEWMOA formed a Sustainable Grocers Workgroup and launched a Regional Sustainable Grocers Initiative in 2012 to promote more sustainable practices and recognize the efforts already underway at grocery stores. A number of the large chains in the region, like Hannaford, Shaw’s, and Stop and Shop operate in multiple states making an interstate approach to the sector sensible and efficient for state programs and grocers. The goals of the initiative were to:
- Increase adoption of sustainable practices to address environmental problems in grocery stores
- Recognize the achievements of those within the sector
- Measure the environmental benefits of the initiative
This Project was funded by EPA Regions 1 and 2 and the participating state programs.
NEWMOA helped state environmental programs and grocers develop methods and tools to estimate the outcomes from sustainable practices. This initiative supports government programs that conducted outreach and assistance to grocers and recognized sustainable achievements. The intent was to improve their ability and those of their clients to calculate the environmental impacts of their sustainability efforts, and thereby strengthen the programs and expand adoption of sustainable practices. This initiative helped participants to communicate the impacts of their work to policy makers, customers, and other stakeholders.
NEWMOA’s sustainable grocers metrics methodology, From Behavior Change to Environmental Outcomes In Sustainable Grocers: Sustainable Grocers Measurement Methodology, was published in May 2015.
This Project are funded by the Environmental Protection Agency through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™).
In October 2015, NEWMOA partnered with CLEAResult to deliver two free webinars focused on energy efficiency and safer chemical use in refrigeration, as a way of advancing sustainability in the grocery sector. CLEAResult is an energy efficiency consulting firm that helps utilities, businesses and individuals make the wise use of energy a way of life. CLEAResult offers many market segment programs including EnergySmart Grocer (ESG) which is focused on the refrigeration market. The goal of these webinars was to help participants understand how to improve energy efficiency in and minimize accidental releases of high global warming potential gases from refrigeration units within the grocery sector.
Cool Tips for TAPs: Identifying Opportunities in Refrigeration
This webinar was intended for technical assistance providers and provided an overview of opportunities for improving the sustainability and efficiency for refrigeration equipment. The presenters also discussed how TAPs can make referrals to other programs for a deeper opportunity analysis and implementation support.
Sustainability in Refrigeration: High Impact Practices that Lower Costs for Grocers
The focus of this webinar will be on two key sustainability opportunities within grocery stores: refrigerant leak reduction, specifically identifying high-impact practices that reduce risk; and energy efficiency through opportunities for retrofits, re-commissioning, retro-commissioning, and installing new technologies. Grocery stores will benefit from this session with specific actions they can take to reduce their operating costs.
These webinars were funded by the EPA through the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™).