Grocery store sustainability – Reduce waste, save money and stand out in the crowded food retail sector!
The Grocery Stewardship Certification program will save you money and increase your revenue, show your customers that you are invested in creating a better world and improve your operating efficiency. By reducing the environmental impact across all of stores and providing you with actionable data on waste reduction, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and more, grocers can realize cost savings, differentiate themselves from their competitors and engage employees from the store-level to headquarters with their sustainability mission.
Working with the GSC will allow you to:
- Quantify the monetary value of your existing sustainability efforts chain-wide;
- Learn additional no-cost/low-cost operational opportunities (average of $20,000 per store) to save money/resources and generate revenue;
- Ensure that employees are engaged to reduce turn-over costs, enhance recruitment and retention of talent and boost employee productivity; and
- Provide consistency and accountability at the store-level for operational sustainability procedures that reduce waste and save money.
To get started email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Program Manager Peter Cooke at 207-721-9040 ext. 106.
Simple Certification Steps
1 Complete the GSC’s Sustainability Workbook for grocery retailers.
2 Get points for existing practices; get recognition for additional innovative sustainable practices and activities that the store is already doing.
3 Achieve certification by scoring above point threshold.
4 Inform, train and educate all associates involved in the following areas:
- Energy efficiency
- Chemical usage
- Storm water impacts
- Waste reduction
- Employee engagement
- Water conservation
5 A final report and data analysis will be delivered to showcase your sustainability strengths and weaknesses.
6 GSC program staff will work with you on further assessments, public relations activities surrounding your certification, training, additional improvements, benchmarking and more.
From 12 stores (about the size of a district for a large retailer) we can expect the following reductions in waste generated and resources used:
|Reduction In||Annual Reduction||Estimated Annual Savings|
|Water||3.6 million gallons||Over $18,000|
|Electricity||2 million kWh, 100,000 therms||Over 200,000|
|Natural Gas/Propane||100,000 therms||Over $120,000|
|Solid Waste||12 million lbs of solid waste (1.2 million lbs of this is food waste)
2.8 million lbs is donated each year by each district
|Greenhouse Gas||103 million lbs, 47,000 MT||Taking 9,184 cars off the road|
Manomet’s GSC program, gives Hannaford a platform to engage our associates in our sustainability work, practicing stewardship while reducing waste and cutting costs.George Parmenter, Corporate
Responsibility Manager, Hannaford