In 2007, when Hannaford Bros. in Scarborough, Maine, announced plans to build the world's first Platinum-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) supermarket in Augusta, Maine, the retailer became an instant icon for the green movement. Platinum certification, the highest available qualification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, requires retailers to commit to designing environmentally responsible features and systems into the building, including a ...

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