King Kullen Receives Two Awards from EPA
Bethpage, N.Y.-based King Kullen has received two awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, including the 2012 Achievement Award in Superior Goal Achievement and the 2012 Achievement Award in Exceptional Goal Achievement.
The superior goal achievement award goes to partners that achieve GreenChill’s annual refrigerant emissions reduction goal, while the exceptional goal achievement award is presented to partners that achieve its “stretch” refrigerant emissions reduction goal.
“The goals achieved that allow for this award are due to the high level of preventative maintenance that is performed on our mechanical equipment daily," said Stephen Mitchell, director of mechanical engineering for the Long Island food retailer. “The cooperation between the mechanical contractors and store level managers is crucial to the continued success of all our mechanical operation.”
King Kullen entered the voluntary GreenChill program – for which there are approximately 8,000 partner stores throughout the nation and which promotes green technologies, strategies and practices that protect the stratospheric ozone layer, reduce greenhouse gases and save money – in 2009. As such, the family-owned and operated regional supermarket company committed to requiring all new and remodeled stores to be ozone friendly in advance of the Clean Air Act phase-out requirements, as well as establishing an emissions inventory to set emissions-reduction targets and to participate in an industry/government research initiative to assess the performance of assorted advanced technologies.
Recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket, King Kullen Grocery Co. operates 39 supermarkets and four Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly baked breads and sweet goods, natural and organic, and pharmacies in many stores as well.