ALDI US accepted the “Best of the Best” GreenChill award as part of a Tuesday morning awards ceremony at the Energy and Store Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.
Tom Land, manager of the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership, presented the awards.
The Best of the Best award recognizes the best GreenChill certified store among all stores certified in the past year.
As of August 2017, 43 of ALDI’s 69 transcritical CO2 stores had been awarded GreenChill Platinum certification with more new and remodeled transcritical stores in the process of receiving this certification. The Best of the Best award applies to all of ALDI’s Platinum stores.
Also recognized with GreenChill awards were leaders in low emissions (leak rates) and store certification.
In addition, Price Chopper, a Schenectady, NY-based supermarket chain, took home the “Distinguished Partner” award, which recognizes stores that have demonstrated innovation in achieving GreenChill’s mission in the last year. Benny Smith of Price Chopper accepted the award.
Recognition of the supermarket with the most GreenChill store certifications in the last year, the “Store Certification Excellence” award, went to Sprouts Farmers Market, which had 69 GreenChill certifications last year. For non-supermarkets, the same award went to Hillphoenix for the supplying equipment to 181 certified stores.
“Even with the stringent criteria the number of stores seeking certification continues to grow. For the first time this year we broke 200.”Tom Land, GreenChill
Five supermarkets achieved acclaim for “Store Re-Certification Excellence,” which celebrates stores that successfully renewed GreenChill certifications five years in a row. Those supermarkets were: ShopRite in Brodheadsville, Pa., Sprouts Farmers Market in Grand Junction, Colo. and in Whittier, Calif., Weis Market in Windsor Mill, Md., and Whole Foods Market in Santa Rose, Calif.
Winners of the “Best Emissions Rate” award were Giant Eagle – with a 2016 corporate-wide emission rate of 7.3% – and Port Townsend Food Co-op. The “Most Improved Emissions Rate” went to Hanover Co-op Food Stores.
GreenChill partners that went above and beyond corporate emissions reduction goals and won the “Exceptional Goal Achievement” were Giant Eagle, Weis Markets, Brookshire Grocery Company, and City Market Onion River Co-op.
Despite current regulatory uncertainties at the EPA, at the award ceremony Land was optimistic about the future of the GreenChill program.
“Achieving GreenChill certification is very difficult,” he said. “But even with the stringent criteria the number of stores seeking certification continues to grow. For the first time this year we broke 200.”