The EPA-sponsored program, which partners with markets such as Albertsons, Fresh & Easy, Whole Foods, and Sprouts, doesn't focus on a store's products. Rather, it emphasizes sustainable refrigeration practices. The steps that retailers must take to gain certification include not using any ozone-depleting refrigerants, reducing refrigerant emissions overall, and frequently testing for leaks in their equipment.
Supermarket chain Fresh & Easy, which has stores in California, Nevada, and Arizona, just opened four more locations that are GreenChill certified. Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason says the partnership is a win-win for the environment and for customers: "On average, our stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket, which not only helps the environment but also keeps our prices low so our customers can continue to save money," he said.
To find out if there's a GreenChill-certified retailer near you, check out the EPA's list of GreenChill partners.