SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion ’s Williamsburg, Va., store has been awarded a LEED Silver certification for a number of environmentally friendly construction and energy-efficient features, including an on-site recycling center, an educational kiosk and preferred parking for carpool vehicles.
Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification recognizes the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Food Lion LEED stores in Williamsburg, Va., features a number of environmentally-friendly features, including:
• LED lighting in the frozen food cases
• Bike racks and preferred parking for carpool vehicles
• Low-flow and sensor-activated water fixtures in restrooms
• Rainwater harvesting system that captures rainwater from the roof and reuses it for irrigation
• Environmental education kiosks with signage
• Building materials that contain a high amount of recycled content
• Carbon dioxide sensors located throughout the store
• In-store customer and associate recycling programs
“At Food Lion, we are committed to protecting the environment and reducing energy consumption through green building construction, and we are especially proud to have received this recognition at our Williamsburg, Va., store,” said Kyle Mitchell, vice president of store development for Delhaize America South, parent of Food Lion, in a statement. “We are honored to be recognized for these efforts and look forward to identifying other opportunities to build LEED stores and continuing to further reduce our energy consumption.”
The company opened its first LEED certified grocery store in Columbia, S.C., and the Columbia store has since also received the silver level of certification. Food Lion also has two other LEED Stores in Fayetteville, N.C., and Hope Mills, N.C.