MILWAUKEE — Roundy's Supermarkets here said its distribution center in Oconomowoc, Wis., has been accepted into the state's “Green Tier” program for its environmentally friendly initiatives. A ceremony was held in recognition of the induction late last month.
Among the initiatives: lighting timers and use of natural lighting to reduce electricity consumption; landscaping that includes berms, trees and grasses to provide habitat for wildlife and to screen the facility; fuel storage and distribution that exceeds federal requirements in the event of accidental spills; recycling initiatives for cardboard, plastics and pallets; and emissions reduction technology on its truck fleet.
The 1.1 million-square-foot facility opened early last year. As a Green Tier participant, the company can use the Green Tier logo in its marketing and enjoys other benefits in working with the state's Department of Natural Resources.
“The building of our Oconomowoc Distribution Center gave us an opportunity to pay particular attention to the environment while constructing the facility,” said Robert Mariano, Roundy's chairman and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement. “We are proud of the steps we were able to take to participate in the Green Tier program.”
Scott Hassett, secretary, DNR, added, “Roundy's has a long history of environmental performance in Wisconsin and is continuing to be a leader in their market sector with this facility. The design and construction of their new distribution center took environmental concerns into consideration and incorporated features to conserve energy and protect the environment.”