SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets here has opened a "green" store in Colonie, N.Y., that the company said has been designated as LEED Certified Silver — meeting a high level of compliance standards.
Features at the 64,000-square-foot store include the first commercially used fuel cell in upstate New York, which ties to the generator to power the entire store if an outage occurs; skylights to reduce the amount of power for lighting; LED-lighting in all refrigerated cases; ceiling light fixtures with high-output ballasts; heat generated from compressors that heats water for sinks; floor tiles, shelving and steel-beam supports made from recycled products; exclusive use of green cleaning solvents; paint that's low in volatile organic compounds; and a biohydrator machine that converts meat scraps and produce trimmings to a liquid that's used as fertilizer.
According to Neil Golub, president and chief executive officer, "Being green isn't just a conversation — it's making things happen. It's doing things that protect our surroundings, cause less waste and use resources more effectively. Being green forces us to make things go farther and reuse anything that can be redesigned and recyled or rebuilt to do something else."
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