WE HAVE ESTABLISHED EXCELLENT PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE U.S ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTING AGENCY THROUGH THE FOLLOWING VOLUNTARY PROGRAMS: ENERGY STAR®; GREENCHILL ADVANCED REFRIGERATION PARTNERSHIP; GREEN POWER PARTNERSHIP, AND SMARTWAY® TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIP
As of September 2016, 14 of our retail locations have achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED® certification, including two Gold certifications; eight Silver certifications, and four base level certifications. Three additional stores are in the process of earning LEED certification.
Giant Eagle operates 130 supermarkets that have received the ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR® certified buildings, which operate among the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide.
All Giant Eagle and Market District locations received Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) from Manomet, an NGO partner, which engages Team Members in overall sustainability operations, including waste diversion, water and energy efficiency, and sustainable product offerings.
ENERGY STAR® 2016 Battle of the Buildings Competition Giant Eagle competed in the Battle of the Buildings Bootcamp 2016 competition and received national recognition for our energy and water use reduction efforts. Two stores earned top honors:
- Kingsdale Market District – Top Energy Saver for a Supermarket
- Kingsdale Market District – Top Water Saver for a Supermarket
- East Wylie GetGo – Top Water Saver for Other Category
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2016 GreenChill Award Giant Eagle earned the Best Emissions Rate Award as the GreenChill Partner with the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all the GreenChill Partners.
honors & recognition
In 2017, we ranked #7 on Greenpeace’s annual Seafood Sustainability Report,
which is a survey of the top 25 US Retailers. In 2018, our goal is to make the top ten.
We also received a 4-Star Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) rating for our sustainable sourcing improvements with our: Natures Basket Shrimp;
Farm-raised Salmon; Farm-raised Tilapia; and Fair-Trade Tuna.
The US EPA’s Green Power ranked Giant Eagle 13th on their Top 30 Retail
list for the past four quarters for our commitment to renewable energy.
SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD SOURCING
We work closely with the NGO Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP), as a financial supporter, as well as other non-governmental organizations to support sustainable seafood fishing practices. We require all our suppliers to report their source of fish to SFP for sustainability rankings. Giant Eagle endorses the Global Seafood Initiative, and we are a regular participant in retailer panels at Global Outlook on Aquaculture Leadership conferences that are held world-wide.