CHESNUT HILL, Mass. — A Star Market here, the flagship location for Shaw’s/Star Market, a division of Supervalu, Minneapolis, received two A.R.E. (Association for Retail Environments) Sustainability Awards for its use of environmentally responsible technology.
The A.R.E. Design Awards were presented at the annual GlobalShop conference in Las Vegas, where 47 store projects were recognized for the innovation and quality of their designs. The Star Market was presented with the Outstanding Merit award and the Innovation in Energy award in the Sustainability category, which was a new category in this year’s competition.
According to Supervalu, the store is the first supermarket in the nation to use all LED fixtures for its interior and exterior lighting, which reduce energy consumption by 50% to 65%, are recyclable and can last 10 times longer than conventional light sources.
It is also the first supermarket in the nation to receive a GreenChill Platinum Award for green refrigeration technology, using just 275 pounds of refrigerant vs. the typical 3,000 to 4,000 pounds.
It is the second store in the nation to use an on-site 400 kilowatt combined heat and power fuel cell that provides 90% of the store’s energy. Other sustainable strategies include motorized night curtains, a hybrid water cooling tower and motion-activated light sensors.