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Green Grocer Certification

The WGA issued its first Green Grocer Certification to Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly in Delavan. It is the first grocery store in the pilot program to achieve the certification.

The ‘Green Grocer’ pilot program helped Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly and others grocery stores achieve energy savings, sustainability and environmental standards. The Wisconsin Grocers Association program is administered by Better Environmental Solutions, a Madison-based environmental consulting firm. ‘Green Grocers’ also received energy efficiency and conservation programming support from Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL), an Alliant Energy company.  

The store remodel included new LED lit Crystal Cases, 147 LED spotlights in produce, and a number of energy features that will save more than $50,000 annually.  “We are pleased to be the first grocery store in the Wisconsin to be Green Grocer certified,” said MARK STINEBRINK, co-owner of Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly.  “We took many steps like more efficient refrigerators, lights, and motors to save energy and reduce our carbon emissions. We save money that we can pass onto our customers and pass a better community to our children.”  

The WGA is looking to find sponsors for the program to expand it beyond the pilot program. For more information, call BRETT HULSEY at 508-238-6070 or email Brett@BetterEnviro.Com.

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Green Grocer Update  

Let the Sun Shine on Us’ said the State of Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence when they applied for an $8.822 million U.S. Department of Energy Community Renewable Energy Stimulus Grant to install at 3.177 MW solar photovoltaic electric power system on the Roundy’s Supermarket Distribution Center in Oconomowoc. 

This large solar electric power plant will create 190 jobs, double Wisconsin solar electric production above 2008 levels, be the largest solar installation in the Midwest and one of the largest roof mounted solar installations in the nation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4,237 tones per year, and will offset 18% of the facility’s electricity needs.  

For more information on opportunities like this and more, contact BRETT HULSEY, 608-238-6070 or email at Brett@BetterEnviro.Com.

 

 


Kotwitz Green Grocer Award

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Dave and Sandy Kotwitz, Edgerton Piggly Wiggly

Group shot below:   Brett Hulsey, Brandon Scholz, Dave and Sandy Kotwitz

 

 

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Certified Green Grocer    The Wisconsin Grocers Association honored Kotwitz Piggly Wiggly in Edgerton with the WGA's Certified Green Grocer Award. It is the first grocery store in Rock County to achieve the Green Grocer certification to reduce energy costs, air emissions, and create green jobs.

 "We are honored to be the first Green Grocery store in Rock County and do our part," said DAVE KOTWITZ, co-owner.  "We save money that we can pass onto our customers and pass a better community onto our children and grandchildren."   The store took 50 out of 71 Green Grocer measures like relighting, reducing energy use, waste, water use and air pollution, promoting local and organic food sales, and bag recycling. 

"We are excited to name Kotwitz Piggly Wiggly a Green Grocer," said BRANDON SCHOLZ, WGA President & CEO.  "The Kotwitz's took aggressive energy-efficiency measures to save energy, money, and receive deserved recognition for their efforts."  They will offer free shopping bags to shoppers who buy more than $25 of groceries at the store.  "Kotwitz Piggly Wiggly not only recycles bags, but their efforts to achieve Green Grocer certification is a real example how they create good jobs, save money, reduce energy use, and take real steps to reduce air pollution," said BRETT HULSEY, President of Better Environmental Solutions who conducted the certification. 

Eleven Wisconsin Green Grocer certified stores saved more than 4 million pounds of CO2 emissions and 2.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity last year, enough to power 158 homes, or equal to taking 328 cars off the road. They created hundreds of construction and grocery jobs in the process.  The Green Grocer Program was supported by Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities' statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Zinke's Village Market: Anniversary AND Green Grocer

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Coinciding with its 69th anniversary birthday, the WGA recognized Zinke’s Village Market to be the first grocery store in Columbia County and one of the top grocery stores in the state to achieve the Wisconsin Grocers Association Green Grocer certification to reduce energy costs, air emissions, and create green jobs.  “We are honored to be the first Green Grocery store in Columbia County and one of the best in the state,” said DAN ZINKE, owner of Zinke’s Village Market. 

“We save money that we can pass onto our customers and pass a better community onto our children and grandchildren.”  Zinke’s Village Market took 56 out of 71 Green Grocer measures like relighting, reducing energy use, waste, water use and air pollution, promoting local and organic food sales, and bag recycling.  “We are excited to name Zinke’s Village Market a Green Grocer. They had one of the highest store score in the state,” said BRANDON SCHOLZ, Wisconsin Grocers Association President and CEO.  “Zinke’s Village Market is very aggressive in implementing energy-efficiency measures as a part of their store-rebuild to save energy, money, and receive deserved recognition for their efforts.” 

See the presentation video by clicking here.

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Olsen's Piggly Wiggly Receives Green Grocer Award

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Click here for a YouTube of the award presentation.

Certified Green Grocer  It took a lot of hard work, months of efforts and an investment in the future but the payoffs for Olsen's Piggly Wiggly in Cedarburg are worth it.  The expansion and the energy efficient upgrades in the store are key components of controlling costs.  LAYTON, BARBARA and RYAN's efforts had an additional bonus - there store received the highest rating to date in the WGA's Green Grocer Certification program since it was started 2+ years again. 

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WGA’s Green Grocer Program Wins Respected Business Friend of the Environment Award

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce awarded the WGA the respected Business Friend of the Environment Award at a luncheon in Pewaukee this week. The award was given for the WGA’s Green Grocer Program that assists retail grocery stores in achieving energy efficiency, reducing waste, working toward sustainability and environmental standards.  

WGA’s SARAH DECORAH was on hand to accept the award, where the WGA was one of only nine Wisconsin companies being recognized for leadership in pollution prevention, environmental innovation and environmental stewardship. 

To see more about the WGA Green Grocer Program click here.

To learn about the WMC Business Friend of Environment, click here.

Buy Local Update

A joint advertisement placed by DATCP’s Something Special from Wisconsin highlighting the Buy Local efforts of the SSfW, Thrive, UW Extension’s AIC, the WGA and for WGA retail members notes that, “On average, locally purchased [products return $.70 of every dollar to the local economy.  To see the ad larger, click here.

 

Hy-Vee Awarded Gold Certification

Madison’s new Hy-Vee grocery store has won a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for high standards of design, construction and operation of a green building, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.   Gold is the second-highest level of certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system, and the Madison store was the company’s first LEED application. The 90,000-sf store opened in October. It is the first in Wisconsin for Iowa-based Hy-Vee.  The award recognizes sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Trig's Unveils New Green Measures

According to ALAN ALDEN, Trig’s Director of Retails Operations,the grocery business just got a little greener in Minocqua.  In honor of Earth Day, Trig’s unveiled the new energy efficiency and green measures included in the recent renovation of the Minocqua store. Working with Focus on Energy, Trig’s made major changes to the lighting, freezers and coolers, and flooring to protect the environment.   “We recognize the importance of being good corporate citizens and playing our role in protecting the environment. We are proud that our efforts equate to taking 72 cars off the road,” says Alden.  “There is an initial investment involved in making our efforts greener, but the long term payback is big. As a result, we will be able to reinvest that savings into our customers through low prices and great service.”  Noticeable differences are the polished concrete floors which require no harsh chemicals or waxes to be maintained which means that the overall air quality is better for shoppers and it eliminates pores in the surface area where bacteria and dirt can hide. Another major change are the closed-door coolers in the dairy section that require less energy to keep items chilled. In addition, LED lighting has replaced fluorescent lighting in all coolers and freezers.  As part of its green efforts, Trig’s is also launching a new Natural & Organic foods section. Visit www.trigs.com for more information.

Earth Day with Roundy's and Coca-Cola

Roundy’s Supermarkets & Coca-Cola Enterprises hosted an Earth Day event in Sun Prairie. The event promoted good water stewardship through the use of rain barrels.  The rain barrels, made from recycled Coca Cola syrup drums, were assembled by Roundy’s and Coca Cola volunteers and will be distributed to customers on Earth Day free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 200 people.  The Earth Day event also helped a local charity with a donation made to the Boys & Girls Club during the program.

Green Tier Charter Hearing

The Bureau of Cooperative Environmental Assistance of the DNR will hold a public hearing concerning the Green Tier Charter with the Wisconsin Grocers Association. Click here to see a pdf with the Public Notice on a Proposed Charter under Green Tier.

This Charter will add a new, higher level of achievement to the Association’s environmental Green Grocers program. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd at 12:30 p.m. in Room 613 of the State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2), 101 S Webster, Madison.

For more information, contact Tom Eggert at (608) 267-2761

WGA Green Grocer Certification

The WGA has certified its seventh store through the WGA Green Grocer Certification program.  The presentation was made by Supervalu’s AIJA JANTZ and DOUG WITCZAK, the WGA’s BRANDON SCHOLZ, BRETT HULSEY of Better Environmental Solutions and TOM NIQUETTE of Alliant Energy to Twin Lakes Sentry Owners NORM and LARRY RICHTER, General Manager GLEN PALMQUIST and Store Manager RUTH EPPING.  

“We are pleased to be one of the first grocery stores in the Wisconsin to be Green Grocer certified,” said co-owner Norm Richter.  “We took many steps like more efficient lighting in our refrigerators to save energy and reduce our emissions. We can pass the savings onto our customers and pass a better community on to our children.”  Richter’s Twin Lakes Sentry achieved Green Grocer certification by going through a rigorous analysis process which generated a list of possible environmental and energy-efficiency improvements for the grocery store. As part of their renovation, they included more than 50 energy and environmental features. Stores are required to conserve energy and recycle plastic bags.  “Alliant Energy is delighted to work with Richter’s and nine other grocers in our service territory to help them become more energy-efficient,” said Tom Niquette, WPL Account Representative.

“We applaud Richter’s and the Wisconsin Grocers Association’s commitment to promoting energy conservation among its members and we are glad to support the new Green Grocer certification program.”  The Richter’s Sentry upgraded 99 freezer case anti sweat controls; added 58 LED spot lights in the produce area; changed 535 lights to all T8 fluorescent throughout the store – includes open air cases and all floor lighting; changed 108 T8 lights in all freezer cases and cooler cases; and changing out their Point-of-Sale system. 

Richter’s changes will result in a total annual savings of $28,717.65 and 804,271 lbs of CO2 annually, 50 KW on peak demand and 450,000 kWh of energy. The POS system saved 6 KW and 90,000 kWh.

 

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Jeff and Nancy Maurer, owners; Earl Fletchall, Nash Finch; Roger Nelson, Nash Finch; and Steve Mehmert, Mehmert Store Services, celebrate the opening of Fresh Madison Market.

Daniels Sentry Walworth Certified as a ‘Green Grocer’

Sixth in state to be certified by the Green Grocer Program

With state and national leaders discussing climate change measures, the Daniels Walworth Sentry is the sixth grocery store in the state to achieve the ‘Green Grocer’ certification and will reduce CO2 emissions by 108,000 pounds next year and test innovative induction outdoor lighting.

The ‘Green Grocer’ program assists grocery stores in achieving energy efficiency, sustainability and environmental standards. The pilot program, offered by the WGA in the Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL) service area, is administered by Better Environmental Solutions, a Madison-based energy consulting firm. The ‘Green Grocers’ program also receives energy efficiency and conservation program, technology and incentive support from WPL. 

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1Daniels Sentry changed 49 459-watt metal halide parking lot lights to 49 153-watt induction fluorescent lights, reducing energy use 66%.

We are honored to be one of the first grocery stores in Wisconsin to be Green Grocer certified,” said TERRY DANIELS, owner of Daniels Sentry.  “We upgraded our parking lot lights to reduce our costs and carbon emissions and will save $5,000 per year in energy costs.”

The Daniels Sentry upgrades will save 60,000 kWh of energy annually, $5,000 on the electric bill, 15 KW of electricity demand, 108,000 pounds of CO2, 335 pounds of SO2, and 153 pounds of NOX annually. Click to see photos of the announcement.

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Front row L to R: Brandon Scholz, Wisconsin Grocers Association; Terry Daniels, Daniels Sentry Owner; Ken Riley, General Manager Daniels Sentry; Bob Kellner, Manager Daniels Sentry Walworth; Bill Melson, Daniels Sentry Walworth; Tom Niquette, Alliant Energy. Back row L to R: Rex Lewis, Nepun Lighting; Brett Hulsey, Better Environmental Solutions; Kellan Whitler, J & L; Jan Whitler, J & L.


Cambridge Piggly Wiggly receives the WGA Green Grocer certification.

Burnstad's European Market, Tomah, and Cambridge Piggly Wiggly Go Green

With state and world leaders meeting in Copenhagen to discuss climate change this week, two more WGA Members received the WGA’s Green Grocer Certification from the WGA’s pilot program sponsored by Alliant Energy/WP&L after making energy efficient changes in their stores. 

Cambridge Piggly Wiggly

Burnstad’s European Markets in Tomah and the Cambridge Piggly Wiggly grocery store are the most recent stores in the state to achieve the Green Grocer certification.  

At the Cambridge PW, MIKE & AMY DAY installed energy efficiency measures that will reduce CO2 emissions by 832,266 pounds next year and save $50,844 a year once the new equipment is paid for. 

Burnstad's European Market in Tomah

Burnstad’s Market upgraded their lighting and refrigerator compressor efficiency saving $17,703 and 228,446 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. This is enough electricity to power 21 homes and the equivalent to taking 31 cars off the road. They will reduce CO2 emissions by 408,795 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions next year.

Cambridge Piggly Wiggly

Burnstad’s and Cambridge PW both received a DOE Rebuild Grant from the WGA to help upgrade food service equipment with Energy Star appliances. The pilot program is offered by the Wisconsin Grocers Association (WGA) to its members in the Wisconsin Power and Light (WP&L) Service Territory and is administered by Better Environmental Solutions, a Madison-based environmental consulting firm. The ‘Green Grocer’ program assists grocery stores in achieving energy savings, sustainability and environmental standards.

We are honored to be one of the first grocery stores in Wisconsin to be Green Grocer certified,” said Mike Day, owner of Cambridge Piggly Wiggly.  “We upgraded our refrigeration incorporating energy efficient features to reduce our carbon emissions and will save $50,844 per year in energy costs.” 


Burnstad's European Market in Tomah

The Cambridge project also employed 20 skilled workers for five months. Kent Burnstad said, “We took many steps like more efficient refrigerators, lights, and motors to save energy and reduce our energy bills and carbon emissions. We save money that we can pass onto our customers and pass a better community onto our children.”   

Alliant Energy is delighted to work with the Cambridge Piggly Wiggly, Burnstad’s Markets and eight other grocers in our service territory to become more energy-efficient,” said CHRIS SCHOENHERR, Director – Sales and Strategic Accounts at WPL. “We applaud them and the Wisconsin Grocers Association’s commitment to promoting energy conservation among its members and we are glad to support the new Green Grocer certification program.” 

Click here to see a video featuring Burnstad's Tomah European Market and their Green Grocer Certification, produced by WXOW 19 LaCrosse.

Click here to see an article and video produced by WKBT.com, Channel 8.

 


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Stinebrinks

Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Delavan, received Green Grocer certification earlier this winter. The store is projected to save $51,801 a year on electricity costs after making a variety of changes during a store remodeling.

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Grocers saving by going green
By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel Oct. 20, 2009

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Brandon Scholz didn't want the state Legislature to ban plastic bags in supermarkets.

So the head of the Wisconsin Grocers Association worked with a Madison utility and an environmental consulting firm to develop a green certification program for grocery stores. That energy savings program could be expanded across the state.

StinebrinksScholz and Brett Hulsey of Better Environmental Solutions and Wisconsin Power & Light Co. developed the Green Grocer Program, a voluntary certification that rates stores in areas such as recycling of used plastic bags and monitoring energy use to waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, and sales of green products.

Grocery stores have prime opportunities for energy savings. Lights and coolers make them big energy users - they consume more energy per square foot than many factories, Hulsey said.

"Grocery stores are energy hogs," Scholz said. "People don't realize it, they don't think about it, but it's a grocery store, so think about all the lighting and freezers and coolers.

"For some grocers, their utility bill could be the third- or fourth-highest line on their monthly expense."

One of the stores in the program, Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Delavan, will receive its Green Grocer certification Wednesday. The store is projected to save $51,801 a year on electricity costs after making a variety of changes during a store remodeling. Changes include fluorescent and LED lighting, controls that adjust the temperature in coolers during hours when the store isn't open, occupancy sensors for lighting, skylights for daylight, and new energy efficient refrigerated cases with LED lights.

Nationally, a 45,000-square-foot supermarket pays about $18,000 a month for energy, he said.

"We can get the most bang for the buck by reducing their energy bills and carbon emissions," Hulsey said. One grocery store uses as much energy as 50 to 100 homes, Hulsey said.

Data supplied by WP&L indicates that the changes at the Stinebrink Piggly Wiggly could save electricity equivalent to that used by more than 95 typical Wisconsin homes.

Mark Stinebrink, the store's owner, said he's still trying to encourage all of his employees to recycle more, but said it's been rewarding to go through the certification process. The process led him to take some extra measures, like installing a bicycle rack in front of the store and using Earth-friendly paints during the remodeling and extra doors on the store's freezers.

Once he's completely done with all the projects, he's considering green upgrades for his Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva.

Scholz said the prospect of climate change legislation at the national level makes it imperative for his members to take steps to become more energy efficient. Those that are leading the pack today will be ahead of the competition when energy prices rise, he said.

WP&L participated as an adviser in the program and also helped finance energy-efficiency upgrades at stores through its Shared Savings program, said Tracy La Haise, product manager for Shared Savings at the Madison-based utility.

Grocery stores have such a thin profit margin - less than 1%, according to Scholz - that financing upfront costs to get more efficient isn't always an option. The Shared Savings program from WP&L helped overcome those upfront costs.

The grocers association is exploring the possibility of state or federal grants or loans to help more grocery stores make such moves.

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Focus on Energy nominated the Wisconsin Grocers Association for its work on the Green Grocer program which works to help grocers reduce energy demand and costs.  The Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency was presented to the WGA and eight other businesses at the Energy and the Bottom Line Conference & Expo in Wisconsin Dells and was honored in a presentation for earning the prestigious Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency.

checklistWisconsin Grocers Association Green Grocer Certification Program

The WGA’S pilot program, the Green Grocer Certification Program, shows grocers where they can reduce energy usage, save money, and become part of the solution.

The Green Grocer Certification Program
is assisting grocers. Green awareness is one thing, but implementing green changes is another ballgame. What are you doing to make sure your grocery store is as energy efficient as it could be?

The bottom line is this: grocers are large energy users, but they’re in a good place to save energy. Find out more.