Supermarket recognized for strong recycling and employee engagement programs
ShopRite of Somers Point has achieved Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) for their store, in recognition of their commitment to incorporating sustainable best practices. The store is reducing its environmental impact and saving money for their customers with new sustainable practices like increased recycling; energy efficient LED lighting and engaging their employees with the impacts of sustainability. ShopRite of Somers Point is owned and operated by Village Super Market, Inc., part of Wakefern Food Corp.
Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification program is working with Wakefern to reduce their environmental footprint and save money for customers by implementing more sustainable practices at ShopRite stores. “It has been a very eye-opening experience working with the GSC,” said Amanda Fischer, Director of Business Relations, Village Super Market, Inc. “It was great to celebrate all of the things we were already doing, as well as to inform us about additional sustainable opportunities, which we’ve now been able to incorporate into our store practices.”
Manomet has been working with ShopRite stores in New Jersey and Connecticut to reduce stores’ environmental footprint by reducing waste, energy and water usage – practices that have resulted in nearly two million pounds of waste being diverted from landfills to date. Wakefern and Manomet are working to expand the GSC program into more ShopRite stores in the coming months.
“The team at the ShopRite of Somers Point has implemented a lot of sustainability practices, including very strong recycling and food waste diversion programs; programs to engage employees on sustainability, including creating store green team and installing energy efficient LED lighting in their enclosed refrigerated displays,” said Peter Cooke, program manager of Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification program. “More than 600 grocery stores nationwide are already enrolled in the GSC, making it the leading grocery sustainability program in North America. We are proud to add ShopRite of Somers Point to this list of sustainability leaders in the grocery sector!”
The purpose of the Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification program is to substantially reduce the environmental impacts (waste, water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions) of grocery stores, consumers, and entire supply chains. The GSC program is run by Manomet’s Sustainable Economies program and was launched in 2012 as the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification program. To learn more about the Grocery Stewardship Certification program, visit http://grocerycert.org/.
About Wakefern Food Corp.
Wakefern is the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative and comprised of 50 member companies who own and operate retail supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite and Dearborn Market banners. These family-owned businesses, with retail locations in six states, make up the Wakefern cooperative and reach into the New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland markets.
Manomet is a nonprofit organization that believes that people can live and work in ways today that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow. Manomet’s mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems. Visit www.manomet.org for more information.
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