Kroger announced Wednesday that Fry’s Marketplace in Phoenix is the company's 500th store to earn the Energy Star designation issued by the EPA and Department of Energy.

“This accomplishment is very exciting for our company and associates, because it demonstrates our commitment to energy reduction. ... We are proud to partner with Energy Star to improve today and tomorrow,” said Keith Oliver, VP of facility engineering at Kroger, in a statement.


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The Cincinnati-based retailer said that it has reduced the average electricity used per store by more than 34.3% since 2000. LED lights, skylights, control systems and involving associates in energy saving initiatives are among the technologies and strategies it's used.

“Kroger is a shining example that improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is not only good for business, it’s critical to protecting the climate,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the EPA’s Energy Star commercial and industrial branch. “By addressing energy efficiency from design through operation, Kroger is leading the way for others and demonstrating that a lifecycle approach is the most efficient way to ensure lasting energy savings.”

Commercial buildings earning the Energy Star designation rank in the top 25% nationally for energy efficiency and performance.

Greater energy efficiency is one of several sustainability objectives sought by Kroger (see video).

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