FRANKLIN, Mass. — Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan visited a new Big Y Foods  store here Tuesday to present Energy Recognition and Supermarket Recycling Program certificates and tour the store.
The new Franklin store will feature advanced temperature controls, efficient lighting design and a rooftop solar array, which will offset 15% of the store’s power. In addition to their energy efficiency, Big Y Foods Inc. has achieved chain-wide certification from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the Supermarket Recycling Program, meaning that more than 80% of Big Y stores have programs in place to divert organics, cardboard and shrink wrap from disposal. This recycling program helps each store participating save thousands of dollars a year in avoided disposal costs.
"As we work toward the most ambitious renewable energy goals in the nation, it is important to recognize our friends in the business community who are making a difference with meaningful energy and environment initiatives," said Sullivan, in a statement. "I am thrilled to be here to tour the new store and acknowledge Big Y as a leader in energy efficiency, recycling and composting."
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"All of us at Big Y are proud of our ongoing efforts to enhance our environment whether it be through reduced energy consumption, better building materials, solar power, composting produce waste, encouraging recycling, or electric vehicle charging stations. We pledge to continue to make our home in Massachusetts a better place in the future," said Charles L. D'Amour, president and chief operating officer, Big Y, Springfield, Mass., which operates 66 stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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