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Skowhegan Hannaford achieves milestone as environmentally friendly building



Skowhegan store has become the first existing retail structure in Maine to achieve Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings and Maintenance certification.



For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2012 

Eric Blom

News Release

Skowhegan Hannaford achieves milestone for environmentally friendly building in Maine

SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Hannaford Supermarkets announced today that its store in Skowhegan has become the first existing retail structure in Maine to achieve Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings and Maintenance certification from the United States Green Building Council, in recognition of the store’s successful efforts to minimize its environmental impact.

To achieve this certification, Hannaford incorporated a number of innovative operational practices and procedures at the Skowhegan store.  These initiatives included focused efforts on reducing waste, streamlining recycling procedures, increasing energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality.

“The Hannaford supermarket in Skowhegan demonstrates just how much can be accomplished for the environment when associates work together,” said Bernie Ouellette, Hannaford’s district manager in central Maine. “Saving energy and reducing waste is good for the planet and good for Hannaford as a business.  We hope that this certification encourages others to pursue sustainable building solutions.”

Efforts to improve the sustainability of the Skowhegan Hannaford included:

• Installation of a refrigeration heat reclamation system to recycle heat from the refrigerated display cases and use recaptured heat to keep the supermarket warm. The system reduces the amount of propane used for heating by more than 80 percent and eliminates more than 200 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually.
• Improvement in waste-reduction efforts.  The initiative cut waste volume at the Skowhegan store by 41 percent, compared to the same period in 2010. The store recycled 208 tons of material during the review period and now keeps 88 percent of its waste from going to landfills – compared to 61 percent for the average Hannaford store and 45 percent for the typical U.S. supermarket.
• Reduction in energy use.  The Skowhegan store achieved an EPA Energy Star rating of 73 on a 100-point scale, compared to an average rating of 50 among similar types of buildings.

“In Maine, where we have some of the oldest building stock in the country, it is so important to renovate buildings to make them more sustainable,” said Katye Charette, executive director of the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  “The LEED certification of Hannaford’s Skowhegan supermarket demonstrates what can be accomplished at an existing building and serves as an example for others.  Hannaford is contributing to market transformation here in Maine.”

In January, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection certified nine Hannaford stores in western and central Maine – including the Skowhegan supermarket – as Environmental Leaders for their voluntary efforts to reduce their environmental impact and called Hannaford “the leading green grocer in Maine.”  Hannaford stores in South Portland and on Cony Street in Augusta also have received this recognition.

Many of the waste-reduction processes piloted in Skowhegan have been incorporated into other Hannaford stores, providing environmental benefits for those supermarkets and communities.  These include new composting, food-donation and associate education programs around recycling.

The Hannaford supermarket in Bennington, Vt. recently became the first existing retail structure in that state to be LEED certified.  In 2009, Hannaford opened a store on Cony Street in Augusta that was certified as the first LEED platinum supermarket in the world.  This store has served as a learning laboratory for other Hannaford supermarkets across the Northeast.

“Hannaford is definitely a leader,” Charette said.  “I cannot commend Hannaford enough for choosing LEED again and again.”

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 179 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

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