United Natural Foods has received LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) for its Lancaster, Texas distribution center. Demonstrating a long term dedication to sustainability and the environment, this is the Company’s fourth LEED certification.
The 590,000 square foot Lancaster distribution center commenced operations in 2010 and was built with a focus on resource and energy conservation.
Some of the distribution center’s key sustainability achievements include:
- Over 97% of all office equipment and appliances in building are Energy Star rated;
- 20% of all building materials made with recycled content;
- 75% of all construction waste materials were properly recycled and/or reused;
- Energy reduction and lighting power reduction of 30% and 18%, respectively;
- Use of solar panels for two dock levelers;
- Ammonia-based refrigeration system, more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient than other refrigerants;
- Water use reduction of over 35% using motion-activated sensors, flow controls and rainwater recovery cistern.
Additionally, the facility is strategically located to support customers throughout the Southwest including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Louisiana. By transferring distribution routes to its Lancaster facility, UNFI has been able reduce greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions, improve service levels and enhance overall operating efficiencies in serving these customers.
“UNFI remains focused on sustainability and strives to integrate green strategies into the design of its buildings,” said Steve Spinner, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are extremely proud to have achieved LEED Gold certification at our Lancaster distribution center, and this is another example of UNFI’s deep commitment to environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient design.”