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12.06.2009

GREENING THE GROCERY - MORE THAN CANVAS BAGS

Shopping the dairy aisle in the local Publix supermarket shouldn't require an overcoat and I shared this fact with the manager. Since the aisle has open shelving, refrigerating not only the contents of the cases, but the shoppers walking by, I move as fast as I can, grabbing a tub of organic yogurt, then, I'm outta there! Not conducive to selling more product through browsing.

Publix has several stores going through the LEED certification process and has a growing list of energy-saving projects, including how to use solar power in more facilities. Four locations now have photovoltaic systems, including GreenWise stores in Palm Beach Gardens, Boca Raton, Miami Lakes and the company headquarters in Lakeland. However, it seems that basic energy efficiency would go a long way to reducing their energy expenses and demonstrating their commitment to its consumers.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, there are 60 U.S. stores with LEED certification, including a Whole Foods Market in Sarasota.

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