Welcome, my name is Patti Olenick and I am the Sustainability Manager here at Weis Markets. We have many ongoing ‘green’ initiatives in our company that I will share with you here on our Blog. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and to do our part to reduce our impact on the environment.
This week we have been named to the Progressive Grocer’s Green Grocer Hall of Fame for our sustainability program. This recognition is the result of making sustainability a priority on many fronts. Progressive Grocer’s annual Green Grocers awards competition recognizes industry leaders that are dedicated to social responsibility through green initiatives. Here at Weis Markets we are taking things a step beyond in making our operations more environmentally friendly.
One of our key programs includes joining the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership to assess the environmental and energy efficiency of our trucks supplying 159 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Further along these lines, Weis has installed skirts on its truck trailers to enhance their aerodynamics, thus saving fuel. We are also a member of EPA’s GreenChill program that tracks our refrigerant usage and helps us reduce our overall environmental impact.
Last year Weis was recognized by the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania for its commitment to recycling and its innovative program to recycle waxed cardboard used to ship and store fresh vegetables and meat. In 2011 Weis recycled over 1.5 million pounds of plastic bags and over 47 million pounds of cardboard. Each store also recycles office paper and plastic pharmacy bottles to reduce the volume of trash sent to the landfill.
This past summer we upgraded the lighting system at our distribution center in Milton, PA with low-wattage fluorescent and LED lights, reducing energy usage and costs by 30 percent. The energy we save could power three of our supermarkets for an entire year!
Please visit here often to see what’s new and join in the conversation. Until next time, “Keep it Green!”
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