Forest City Earns LEED, Green Lease Leader and ENERGY STAR Recognitions

Cleveland — Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. has earned three significant sustainability recognitions from prominent organizations. Along with other real estate companies committed to green development and management, Forest City was named a: LEED Power Builder by the U.S. Green Building Council; Green Lease Leader by The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and The DOE's Better Buildings Alliance; and ENERGY STAR Charter Tenant Space recognition by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Meijer to Transition All Stores to LED Lighting by 2021

Grand Rapids, Mich. — As part of its ongoing effort to increase its sustainability initiatives, Meijer plans to transition the interior lighting of its retail locations to all LED by 2021. The transition will affect all Meijer stores across the retailer's six-state footprint. Meijer expects the change will reduce its lighting electrical use by as much as 50% annually.

Kroger Opens Culinary Innovation Center in Cincinnati

Cincinnati — Kroger has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati. Kroger commenced construction on the 12,000-square-feet, LEED-designed Center in March 2017. The commercial kitchen features multiple cooking stations, spaces and capabilities, including technology that allows video streaming of educational sessions to Kroger associates across the country.

REI Achieves First U.S. LEED Platinum & Net Zero Energy Distribution Center

Seattle — On December 24, 2016, REI’s newest distribution center, located in Goodyear, Ariz., achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification — the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) green building rating system — making it the first distribution center in the U.S. to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.

IKEA Canada Names Halifax Store Manager

Burlington, Ontario (Canada) — IKEA Canada has named Sue Coulet as the new IKEA Halifax store manager. Having held a variety of senior management roles in Atlantic Canada over the past two decades, including leading the expansion of two national retail chains in the region, Coulet brings to IKEA a deep understanding of the local marketplace.

Office Depot HQ Awarded LEED Gold Re-Certification

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot’s global headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., has been awarded Gold Re-Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)'s Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.

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For over 15 years, Food Lion has been reducing its impact on the environment — and raising its profile as a leader in sustainable retailing.

Meijer Unveils First Supercenter to Use All-LED Lighting

Grand Rapids, Mich. — As part of a $50 million extensive remodeling project for four supercenters in the Dayton, Ohio, market, Meijer’s Beavercreek, Ohio, store is the company's first to feature all-LED lighting, saving more than a half million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

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