Progressive Grocer Independent

FEB 2016

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February 2016 | Defining the Independent Market | 21 2016 I N D E P E N D E N T S OUTSTANDING SUSTAINABILITY I think through our programs, whether it be through sustainability or our local foods program, our composting and other things we do throughout the community to help our sustainability efort, people shopping the store just feel as though by supporting us, they're also doing something good for the environment," says Kevin Metcalfe, co-owner of Madison, Wis.-based Metcalfe's. Te grocer's three stores operate on 85 percent wind power and 15 percent solar power that the Metcalfes try to buy mostly from Wisconsin produc- ers, but they will source from nearby states. Since the stores don't produce their own energy, the commitment to purchasing green power costs almost double the price of traditional energy. "We basically just made a commitment that we were going to be 100 per- cent green-powered," he adds. To help reduce energy use, Metcalfe's has installed night- shades on all of its open refriger- ated cases; the shades are pulled R ehabbing a store gave DeCicco & Sons the opportu- nity to create a sustainable store in Larchmont, N.Y. Completed last December, the new store has enough environmentally friendly features that the DeCicco family is currently seeking LEED certifcation for the location. Te store features a new carbon dioxide refrigeration system, one of fewer than a dozen in the entire country, according to John DeCicco Jr., president of the Ardsley, N.Y., company, which operates six stores. "It's a lot more efcient in terms of operating, especially in cooler temperatures," he says. "It's very good for the environment." Te heat generated from the refrigeration system also is repurposed. Te system's rerouted heat is enough to heat all of the water needed in the store, and about 40 percent of the store's heating. DeCicco also added doors to many of the refrigerated cases, and for those that don't or can't have doors, he added night- shades that automatically go down over the cases at closing and go back up 45 minutes before opening. Along with the nightshades, a computerized valve in the cases communicates with the refrigeration system to reduce the energy used. For example, during the day, the refrigeration system typically runs at 47 percent capacity, and at night it runs at 18 percent. Te store's lighting is all daylight-harvesting LEDs on motion sensors. When enough sunlight is coming in through down at night to help keep the temperature regulated. Using the shades has saved 135,000 kilowatt-hours since they were installed. New energy-efcient cases have been installed, or the existing motors were replaced with new ECM energy- efcient ones. Two of the stores were outftted with LED lights in their display cases during recent remodels. To promote the nearly 4,000 local products in each of its stores, Metcalfe's developed a food miles badge that indicates the distance all of the products have traveled to arrive on its shelves. While the food badges allow customers to make their own judgement as to what's local, the store has determined that local means the 150 miles around Madison within the state. Te program has been well received, and as Madison is a college town, new students often take pictures of the food badges to send home. "[Te students] are our biggest support- ers, as well helping us get the message out," Metcalfe says. Metcalfe's also implemented a composting program for its nonedible produce, bakery, deli and meat products. Te nonedible waste is diverted from a landfll and turned into fertilizer that the store then sells to its customers. Te stores compost 465,000 pounds a year. "Sustainability was the right thing for us to do as a compa- ny," Metcalfe says,"for our kids and customers and their kids." the windows, the lights won't come on in certain areas of the store, and when the lights detect motion, they come on high or low (or go of with no motion), depending on the location in the store. Te lighting switch reduced electricity usage from 80,000 watts to 17,000 watts. DeCicco also is adding a solar panel system in the spring. Te Ardsley store uses about one-third of the total energy of the company's other locations. "When you combine all the measures together, then you have your greatest payback," De- Cicco says. He estimates that the ROI on all of the efciency measures is three years. For the most return, however, he says, "You have to do everything; you have to be all in." DeCicco & Sons, Ardsley, N.Y. Metcalfe's, Madison, Wis.

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