The US Environmental Protection Agency has presented to Food Lion its 2010 Montreal Protocol Award, a global achievement given for protecting the Earth’s ozone layer.
Food Lion is one of only two grocery store chains nationwide to receive this honor. An international panel of judges representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations reviewed the nominations before selecting the final 19 international recipients.
Keilly Witman, manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, said, “It is hard to make environmental advances if no one is willing to be the first to try out environmentally friendlier technologies. GreenChill has come to count on Food Lion to be the first, and Food Lion continues to rise to the occasion.”
Food Lion was one of the first companies to commit to GreenChill. Through routine leak testing, quarterly reporting, and benchmarking by maintenance technicians on leak rates, the company achieved a 7.4% reduction in its corporate-wide commercial refrigeration emissions rate since joining GreenChill.
The 2010 Montreal Protocol Award was presented to Food Lion during a formal ceremony September 23 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC.
Salisbury NC-based Food Lion operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Harveys, or Reid’s. The company employs approximately 74,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
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