Stop & Shop Advances Carbon Reduction in Mass.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has renewed its partnership with the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), as a member of the ELM Corporate Council, and has recommitted to furthering the goals of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 85 percent by 2050.
“Stop & Shop is committed to responsible retailing knowing that what’s good for society is good for business too,” said Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England. “We continuously strive for ways in which we can make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our partnership with ELM will help us continue to drive our sustainability efforts and help us contribute significantly to the state’s overall sustainability mission.”
Today, 54 stores across the banner including 16 in Massachusetts use 20 percent less energy than a typical grocery store and are LEED certified. New energy saving features include, but are not limited to, white roofing, skylights, LED lights, low air return in frozen isles, low flow bathrooms/prep areas, sensors, coolers/refrigerators and paint/cleaning supplies. Stop & Shop also uses energy efficient trucks for transport and is a member of EPA’s Smart Way program.
“Stop & Shop is a corporate leader and role model for the industry in terms of environmental stewardship” said George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “We formed the ELM Corporate Council because we believe the environment and the economy are inextricably linked. We can be both pro-growth and pro-environment if we take care to develop energy efficient buildings and transportation. Stop & Shop is living proof it is good business and good for the community.”
Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey.