Salisbury, North Carolina-based Food Lion has become the only grocer in the United States to earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for an 18th consecutive year.
The Energy Star award is presented to companies who practice continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
“We are honored to serve as a leader in energy conservation in the many towns and cities we serve where there are Food Lion stores,” VP of energy and maintenance for Food Lion Susan Sollenberger said. “This award speaks to our commitment to reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout our 10-state footprint.”
Since beginning a partnership with the EPA and Energy Star in 2001, Food Lion’s energy reductions are equivalent to powering 92,082 homes for one year. One of Food Lion’s energy-saving techniques includes a store retrofit program where LED lighting is installed to replace fluorescent lights inside the store. By the end of the year, almost half of Food Lion stores will have LED lights installed.
“Food Lion’s application stood out among many highly-competitive submissions this year, demonstrating exemplary commitment and dedication to leadership in energy efficiency and the Energy Star program,” said Jean Lupinacci, Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch Chief.
Food Lion implemented several sustainability initiatives, including energy conservation, sustainable seafood, recycling and food rescue efforts through its Food Lion Feeds program. The awards are given to organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency achievements.
Energy Star is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Since 1992, Energy Star and its partners helped save American families and businesses nearly four trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity and achieve more than three billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. In 2017 alone, Energy Star and its partners helped Americans avoid $30 billion in energy costs.