SALISBURY, N.C., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's with its twelfth consecutive ENERGY STAR award for their continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency.
"We are honored to receive this ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award for the twelfth year and are committed to increasing energy efficiency in our stores," Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Delhaize America South. "Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's remain dedicated to environmental stewardship and are proud to continue to lead the way with energy conservation initiatives."
Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's are companies of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of the international retailer Delhaize Group.
The 2013 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Awards are given to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding leadership year after year. These winners have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and employing innovative energy efficiency approaches.
These awards recognize ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
"EPA is recognizing Food Lion, Harveys, and Reid's for earning EPA's highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2013 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award," said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The companies lead the field with their commitment to energy efficiency and demonstrates how all Americans can save energy, save money, and create a healthier environment."
The grocers collectively have been leaders in the energy and environmental sector for many years and have one of the most advanced retail energy conservation programs in the country. For more than a decade, the grocers have been dedicated to numerous sustainability initiatives, such as energy conservation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its 10-state footprint, reducing its energy consumption by more than 31 percent since 2000 or 2.8 trillion BTUs.
About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., is a company of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates more than 1,100 supermarkets. The company employs approximately 58,000 associates delivering quality products, low prices and service to customers in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com. Find Food Lion business updates on Twitter @FoodLionNews or at www.foodlion.com/corporate/pressroom.
Harveys is an affiliate of Delhaize America, a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (DEG) (NYSE: DEG). Harveys operates 73 stores in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. For more information go to www.harveys-supermarkets.com
Reid's is a subsidiary of Delhaize America, the U.S. division of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG) and operates 11 stores in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.reidsgroceries.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.
SOURCE Food Lion