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Stop & Shop Cuts Carbon Footprint in Mass.

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop here, a division of Ahold USA, announced progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts, where it operates 131 stores, part of an initiative to cut its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015.

The announcement was held at Stop & Shop’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design)-certified store in Wayland, Mass.

The company also renewed its partnership with the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM), as a member of the ELM Corporate Council, and recommitted to furthering the goals of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce GHG emissions by 25% by 2020 and 85% by 2050.

“Stop & Shop is committed to responsible retailing, knowing that what’s good for society is good for business too,” says Joe Kelley, president, Stop & Shop New England, in a statement. “We continuously strive for ways in which we can make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Our partnership with ELM will help us continue to drive our sustainability efforts and help us contribute significantly to the state’s overall sustainability mission.”

Read more: Ahold Cites Six New LEED Stores

Today, 54 stores across the banner, including 16 in Massachusetts, use 20% less energy than a typical grocery store and are LEED certified. New energy saving features include, but are not limited to, white roofing, skylights, LED lights, low air return in frozen aisles, low flow bathrooms/prep areas, sensors, coolers/refrigerators and paint/cleaning supplies. Stop & Shop also uses energy efficient trucks for transport and is a member of EPA’s Smart Way program.

“We formed the ELM Corporate Council because we believe the environment and the economy are inextricably linked. says George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “We can be both pro-growth and pro-environment if we take care to develop energy efficient buildings and transportation. Stop & Shop is living proof it is good business and good for the community.”

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