Are your sustainability efforts delivering?

on February 20, 2018 Uncategorized with 0 comments

The grocery industry operates on average the most energy intensive commercial buildings; grocery stores operate on a razor-thin margin for profitability; and grocery stores have the ability to make huge impacts on the planet by reducing waste, energy and water use and ultimately green-house gas emissions.  Those are just a few of the reasons that […]

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You’re invited! Webinar: Hazardous Waste Management for Grocery Stores

on February 20, 2018 Uncategorized with 0 comments

Are your grocery store employees up-to-speed on hazardous waste management? Most independent grocery stores don’t generate large quantities of hazardous waste, but that doesn’t mean that a collection of potentially dangerous materials won’t accumulate over time. In a 20-minute webinar, Peter Cooke and Catrina Damrell of the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) Program will highlight products […]

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Expect more from your grocery store

on January 17, 2018 Uncategorized with 0 comments

In November 2017, GSC program manager Peter Cooke shared his passion for bringing sustainability to the grocery sector at TEDxDirigo RISE. TEDxDirigo RISE aimed to give us the substance and the space to think about what’s important to each of us – and what we can do about it.   Watch now:

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Two New York State Wegmans stores earn Grocery Stewardship Certification

on September 27, 2017 Certified Grocers, Energy efficiency, Uncategorized, Wegmans and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., a regional supermarket chain, achieved Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) at two of its stores in Pittsford and Canandaigua, N.Y. The certification recognizes the company’s commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources.  The Canandaigua store has the distinction of being the highest point recipient […]

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Five More ShopRite Stores Earn Grocery Stewardship Certification

on July 11, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

Supermarkets recognized for their commitment to reducing energy use and waste Five ShopRite stores have achieved Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), which recognizes the company’s commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources. ShopRite stores located in Somers Point, Hammonton, Hillsborough Township, Livingston and Chatham Township in New Jersey, […]

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Grocers Cut Waste, But Does It Earn Them Customers?

on June 26, 2017 Energy efficiency, food waste, lighting efficiency, recycling, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

This article was written by Lori Valigra and originally published by Mainebiz June 26, 2017.  See the original article here.   Environmental scientist Peter Cooke nods approvingly as he browses the aisles of Freeport’s Bow Street Market with the store’s general manager, Jim Frey, pointing to the community bulletin board and seating area by the front door, the […]

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Hannaford announces store-level sustainability awards

on February 16, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

At a ceremony in early February 2017, Hannaford Supermarkets gave out their annual retail sustainability awards. These awards highlight high achieving stores in the area of recycling, food donations and general waste reduction.  Hannaford used the sustainability data collected through their annual Grocery Stewardship Certification benchmarking process to help choose the winners. “Truly, none of […]

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GSC partners with the MA Food Association and the FRESH Coalition to Develop Sustainability BMPs

on February 16, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

The Grocery Stewardship Certification is partnering with the Massachusetts Food Association and the FRESH Coalition to develop sustainability “best management practices” (BMPs) for improving the environmental performance of food retailers. Food retail establishments are at an informative stage where they are practicing “random acts of greenness” but need help conducting the right practices in the […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Refrigerated Cases

on February 13, 2017 food waste, GreenChill, refrigeration, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

Freezes and coolers with doors keeps products fresher longer and slashes energy bills. These doors are often removable, allowing stores to customize the display during times of high traffic, like holidays. Leaving these freezers and coolers uncovered can lead to some expensive results. Products in open, uncovered coffin/bunker style freezers and coolers are more likely to […]

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7 Easy Ways to Practice Operational Sustainability

on December 19, 2016 Uncategorized with 0 comments

The grocery sector has potentially the greatest opportunity to make the planet more sustainable.  In November 2016, Peter Cooke, Program Manager, Grocery Stewardship Certification and Katie Flynn, Energy Manager, Giant Eagle presented on the EPA’s GreenChill webinar series. Systemizing the approach to sustainability can save tens of thousands of dollars for any grocery store. They discussed the […]

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