SALISBURY, N.C. — Two Food Lion  stores have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2011 Gold-Level GreenChill Store Certification Award, given for reductions in refrigeration charge and emissions.
The stores are located in Conyers, Ga., and Columbia, S.C.
Food Lion became a founding partner with the EPA's GreenChill program in 2007. Since that time, the grocer joined other food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Food Lion has won GreenChill's Distinguished Partner Award and its Superior Environmental Achievement Award in the past.
"Food Lion's Conyers, Ga., and Columbia, S.C., stores are proof positive of Food Lion's belief that protecting the environment is not a 'once and done' thing," said Keilly Witman , manager of EPA's GreenChill Partnership, in a statement. "Food Lion works very hard to protect the environment, year after year. Customers should be proud to know that Food Lion shares their environmental values."
"Our company is committed to going beyond simply reducing refrigerants," said Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Delhaize America South. "In addition to reducing emissions through the EPA's GreenChill partnership, we continue to look for new environmentally friendly technologies and increase the amount of stores that are also Energy Star certified."