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Commitment To Sustainability
Protecting our environment today helps to ensure a healthier and cleaner future for generations to come. At Giant Eagle, we all share the responsibility to work smart, step up and make a positive difference. We’re committed to doing business in socially and environmentally responsible ways that are good for our Team Members, customers, communities and our planet.
Energy, Sustainable Innovation and Compressed Natural Gas
We’re using solar roofing technology at select stores in Pittsburgh and Ohio, including the Rt. 82 and I-77 Giant Eagle, McKnight Road and Southside GetGo locations, and the Strongsville and Grandview Yard Mark District locations. Coupling solar array technologies with a white roof generates significant energy savings. Our new stores feature energy-efficient and cost-effective LED lighting, and we have retrofitted many existing stores. Our new GetGo locations also have LED lighting, and our newest GetGo prototype has 100% LED lighting — both inside and out.
We are also continuing to transition our delivery fleet vehicles to CNG, a cleaner fuel substitute that improves air quality through reduced emissions. We currently have more than 90 CNG powered vehicles — approximately 44% of our total distribution fleet. In addition to our first public/private CNG station in Crafton, Pennsylvania, we’ve expanded our alternative fuel efforts to include our first GetGo branded CNG fueling station in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, and a second private CNG location in northeast Ohio.
Recycling, Waste Reduction and Diversion
Over the past year, we’ve recycled more than 45,000 tons of cardboard, paper, plastics and cans and we’ve diverted 6,000 tons of food to area food banks, which is the equivalent of donating 5 million meals to members of our communities! Additionally, Giant Eagle supermarkets collected and recycled nearly 600 tons of single use and retailer bags as a result of our recycling program.
45,000 TONS of recycled cardboard paper, plastics and cans
600 TONS of recycled single use and retailer bags
5 MILLION meals donated to members of our community
3 MILLION gallons of water conserved
Sustainable seafood fishing practices
All Giant Eagle supermarkets will be retrofitted with water conservation equipment by June 30, 2015. In ten pilot locations, this equipment has already helped conserve more than 3 million gallons of water during a five-month period! Once rolled-out to all retail locations, the equipment is expected to reduce water usage by 10%-25%!
We continue to work with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and other non-governmental organizations to support sustainable seafood fishing practices. We’ve also continued to encourage our Team Members and customers to use more reusable bags.
Future and Ongoing Efforts
As we enter the Indianapolis market in September with the opening of our Carmel Market District location, our efforts will truly differentiate our Company as a “green” business. We’re using new, Solar Bi-Facial technology at the Carmel Market District store, which will lead to even greater energy savings. The store will be LEED® certified with a variety of energy efficient features, including the use of recycled materials, and we’ll be growing some of our own herbs and vegetables in the on-site gardens.
Partnerships, Awards and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Giant Eagle has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership and other organizations in the following voluntary programs: ENERGY STAR®; GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership; Green Power Partnership, and SmartWay Transport Partnership. The Brunswick and Rt. 82 and I-77 Ohio, Giant Eagle, and South Side Works GetGo locations recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification.
Giant Eagle recently received the2018 Corporate Citizenship Awardfrom Pittsburgh Business Times for our partnership with 412 Food Rescue, and our ongoing efforts to end food waste and establish world-class sustainability practices.
Giant Eagle was recently recognized by Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) magazine as one of their“Top Green Fleets of 2018.”This award is given to 25 companies with fleets that demonstrate leadership with a long-term commitment to sustainability, new initiatives, and promoting fuel efficiency and alternative fuels.