Star Market gets it right. Remodel to be Eco-friendly!

September 11th, 2008

I am in Boston this week. I always enjoy my trips here because I grew up here and still think of it as home. Never mind that I’m also an avid Boston sports fan.

I am in Boston this week. I always enjoy my trips here because I grew up here and still think of it as home. Never mind that I’m also an avid Boston sports fan.

The other thing I like to do when I’m in town in addition to reading the local news papers, is to visit local retail locations. One of the first accounts assigned to me when I was a young salesperson at NCR was Star Market. They were a division of Jewel Companies at that time and Peter Lynch now the CEO of Winn Dixie was responsible for operations. Star had a very interesting store that actually sat on top of the highway spanning both east and west bound lanes. I often wondered what health effects that might have on the workers exposed to the fumes of the very heavy traffic below.

Today when reading the Boston Globe the business section had an article by Erin Ailworth titled Eco-friendly energy to power revamped Star Market. Based on my post from yesterday titled How can the procurement department lead the way in company green initiatives, this article caught my attention.

The article goes on to indicate that the store located on Route 9 in Newton Massachusetts will be powered with an energy-saving fuel cell that runs on natural gas, use an innovative refrigeration system that reduces carbon emissions, and be illuminated with light-emitting diodes that last up to 10 years. The best part of the entire article was the third paragraph. “What it allows us to do is save energy and save money, and it allows us to show our commitment to environmental stewardship,’ said Holly Angell, director of engineering for parent company Supervalu. This is an example of corporate social responsibility at its best. And, all of these products had to be acquired through the procurement department. I’ll bet if I were to ask that the construction company is also LEEDS certified.

Congratulations to Supervalu, Star Market and the Boston Globe for reporting on this subject on the front page of their business section. This is an example of paying it forward. Keep up the great work.

We look forward to your comments.

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