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MNB reported last week that Delhaize-owned Hannaford Supermarkets was opening a new store in Augusta, Maine, that it believed would qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the highest standard for U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program.

Well, the store opens tomorrow…and indeed, the unit has received Platinum LEED certification. Among the store’s features:

• Ninety-nine percent of the former Cony High School building, which used to stand on the lot, was recycled or reused. More than 96 percent of construction and demolition debris was recycled.

• The new store is expected to utilize about half as much energy as a typical supermarket.

• The store has many unique visual features that save energy and/or are environmentally preferred. For instance, natural daylight is utilized in six different ways to light the store; a 7,000 square foot green roof, which is a layered system of soil and drought resistant plants, will reduce water runoff and help insulate the store; and 86 percent of the wood incorporated in the store is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.

“We’re thrilled to receive this certification and serve as a role model for other businesses in the retail community. We’ve been working to improve the environmental performance of our stores for many years,” said Ronald Hodge, chief executive officer and president of Hannaford. “Construction of this store will allow us to identify additional measures that we can use to reduce our environmental footprint, while maintaining competitive prices and creating a more pleasant atmosphere for our associates and customers.”
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