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Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets said that it has opened its first LEED Gold Certified store, in Cathedral City, California. LEED certification is established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

According to the story, “Fresh & Easy’s Cathedral City store achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water use and incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies, such as using 90 percent recycled steel for the building’s structure. On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket and utilize technologies like solar tracking skylights, automatically dimming lights, and LED lighting. Fresh & Easy recycles or reuses all its shipping and display materials and uses environmentally-friendly trailers to transport food. The company is a pilot member of the LEED Volume Certification Program and has invested in a 500,000 sq ft solar roof installation on its distribution center in Riverside, California.”
KC's View:
See my comments above on the PCC story. Ditto.