Brown’s Super Stores, a family-owned business that operates 10 ShopRite stores in the Philadelphia area, is involved in numerous sustainable efforts focused on reducing its carbon footprint. This focus includes energy savings and efficiencies through refrigeration, LED lighting, recycling and food recovery, control management and solar energy. Brown’s recently achieved the EPA’s prestigious Energy Star Rating in 6 of its 11 facilities.
In an effort to reduce consumption, Brown’s has fully converted three of its 10 stores to 100% LED or induction lighting, which includes all refrigerated cases and overhead store lighting. Plans are in place to make lighting upgrades in five additional stores over the next year. These lighting upgrades will reduce electric consumption at Brown’s by more than 20% in 2012.
Brown’s Super Stores has a strong commitment to recycling and food recovery efforts as well. In addition to the hundreds of tons of cardboard, bottles, cans and paper recycled each month, Brown’s has partnered with Pepsi and Waste Management to place Dream Machines in each store to enabling customers to recycle cans and bottles while contributing to charities of their choice. To date, 11,500 cans and bottles have been recycled through these Dream Machines. All ten Brown’s ShopRites have also joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, which encourages organizations to reduce, donate and recycle as much of their excess food as possible to save money, feed families in need and protect the environment.
Brown’s is proud to have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) prestigious Energy Star Rating in five of its stores, as well as its corporate office. The Energy Star is the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. Brown’s Super Stores joins 1,800 Energy Star-certified supermarkets nationwide that have been recognized for their commitment to reducing their impact on the environment by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. With an Energy Star rating, Brown’s stores uses about 35 percent less energy than an average store, and cost 50 cents less per square foot to operate, while still providing quality service and comfort to customers.
Solar energy is also being utilized by Brown’s at their ShopRite of Parkside. This alternative energy source is yet another savings concept for the company. The electricity generated by the 1386 solar panels installed on the roof of the store is generating more than 473,000 kilowatts annually and will account for 12% of the stores energy needs.
“We are so honored to be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to the environment and the reduction of the carbon footprint of our stores,” said Jeff Brown, President of Brown’s Super Stores. “This accomplishment sets a standard for all our stores as we continue to look for ways to offer our customers an enjoyable shopping experience while taking responsibility for our impact on the environment.”
“The Food Recovery Challenge brings awareness of two issues which go hand-in-hand: food waste and hunger. The Brown Family is helping to solve our food waste problems and we’re pleased to welcome them as Food Challenge members, as well as into our Energy Star certified program, ” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.
David Deets, Director of Sustainability for Brown’s Super Stores states, “We believe that renewable energy, recycling, energy management and state-of- the-art lighting systems should be part of our overall commitment to sustainability. Our Corporate Mission is to “Bring Joy to the Lives of the People We Serve” and that making advances in sustainability is an important part of this mission.”