FRESH Coalition moving forward

on August 15, 2017 Energy efficiency, food waste, FRESH Coalition, lighting efficiency, recycling and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

With nearly $600 billion in revenue and over 36,000 stores across the country, supermarkets constitute the largest and most impactful business sector when it comes to creating a future that is environmental sustainable and socially responsible.  To help transform food retailers into sustainability champions, Manomet collaborated with a group of grocery store sustainability managers, government […]

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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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stormwater runoff

on April 25, 2017 waste management, Water consumption and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

Spring is here and with it comes lots of melting snow and rain.  This is the perfect time of year to check your storm drains in your parking lots and other retail property. Storm drains are a huge source of water pollution in the United States.  Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt […]

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GSC Program Manager Peter Cooke featured in Hannaford Fresh Magazine

on March 15, 2017 Energy efficiency, food waste, Hannaford, recycling, waste management, Water consumption and Tags: , , with 0 comments

GSC Program Manager Peter Cooke explains why sustainability matters at the grocery store-and how you can take part. This article was written by Julia Rappaport and originally published in the March/April Fresh Magazine. See the original article here.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Food Waste

on December 20, 2016 food waste, recycling, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, waste management and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

It’s the holiday season, and with that comes a burst in food retail sales as consumers celebrate in delicious traditions. However, in the decadent holiday spirit, this time of year provides an even stronger argument for trimming on costs and maximizing the boost in sales, as well as leading by example in our efforts to […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cleaning Products

on October 27, 2016 Certified Grocers, cleaning products, waste management and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

When grocery stores use third-party certified green cleaning chemicals, they are actively announcing their commitment to the health and well-being of their employees and customers. Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment not only is a morally sound practice, it also can help minimize sick days as traditional chemicals are linked to numerous health risks. […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Product Display

on August 30, 2016 product display, Study, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

More and more consumers are interested in purchasing products that reflect their values and are made by companies that practice social and environmental responsibility. According to a 2015 study by Nielsen, 66% of consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for these products.  When you just consider the millennial consumer, 73% of global millennials are willing to […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Pre-rinse Spray Valves

on July 27, 2016 the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized, Water consumption and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

One of the things we hear most from retailers that we work with is that going through the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) process drives home the many, many things that impact sustainability at a grocery store.  Store employees are not just given the big picture about why sustainability matters (making the planet and community better […]

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GSC Program Manager Peter Cooke shares sustainability tips with National Co+op Grocers members

on June 22, 2016 Energy efficiency, Staff updates, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

In mid-June, GSC Program Manager Peter Cooke presented the ‘top 10 operational things grocery stores can do to be more efficient’ to members of the National Co+op Grocers as part of their member webinar series on preventative maintenance.  After outlining how the Grocery Stewardship Certification program can be used for any size store or chain […]

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Freezers and Coolers

on May 31, 2016 Energy efficiency, food waste, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good and Tags: , , with 0 comments

Covering coffin/bunker style freezers and coolers 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 […]

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