Ahold USA retail divisions recently achieved another milestone in their commitment to building greener stores. Six newly constructed stores have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the national accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. This marks the largest fleet of LEED-certified stores among grocery retailers within the United States.
The six LEED-certified stores include Cranston, RI and Roslindale, MA (Stop & Shop New England division), Arverne, NY and Oceanside, NY (Stop & Shop New York Metro division), Burtonsville, MD (Giant Landover division), and Trexlertown, PA (Giant Carlisle division). These stores feature white roofs to reflect sunlight and reduce heat gain in the stores, skylights to harvest daylight and reduce electricity consumption during peak daylight hours, and LED lighting throughout the store. Smaller cooling systems are improving the efficiency of refrigerated display cases and open deck refrigerated
cases have been replaced with closed door ones.
“We congratulate and commend Ahold for their leadership as a LEED Volume partner. With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “With these certifications, Ahold USA has demonstrated its commitment to the green building movement and working toward a better future for everyone in the neighborhoods and communities in which these stores will be a part of daily life.”
“By utilizing these innovative green building technologies, we are building all new stores across our retail divisions according to the LEED standards to reduce our environmental impact in the communities we serve for future generations,” said Jihad Rizkallah, vice president, Responsible Retailing at Ahold USA.
Ahold USA retail divisions continue to make existing stores more energy efficient with at least one LEED certified store in each of its Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle and Giant Landover divisions. To date, Ahold USA has a total of 56 stores that have achieved LEED certification for existing buildings.