WOOSTER, Ohio — Buehler Food Markets here, which operates 13 stores, is the newest member of Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership. The partnership works with supermarkets to reduce harmful refrigerant emissions from stores and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and on climate change.
"GreenChill is just another part of our sustainability program that includes new technologies to reduce power consumption, water consumption, recycle our food waste into compost we sell in our stores, recycling centers, building green for our new ACE hardware in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and burning our used fryer oil as fuel in our diesel trucks," said Vice President Scott Buehler in a statement. "As technology develops we will continue to improve our sustainability efforts."
By joining GreenChill, Buehler’s is committed to do the following: Require that all of its new and remodeled stores use environmentally friendlier refrigerants; lower the amount of refrigerant they use and eliminate refrigerant leaks over time; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices.
The GreenChill Partnership was launched in 2007. Since then it has grown to include 48 partners with more than 6,500 stores throughout the nation. GreenChill’s supermarket partners have refrigerant leak rates that are about 50% lower than the industry average, the EPA estimates.
“As the one and only supermarket chain from Ohio to join GreenChill, Buehler’s is setting an excellent example of environmental leadership in the state,” says Keilly Witman, the EPA’s GreenChill manager.
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