PCC Community Markets is reimagining how grocery stores are built and creating unique spaces that nurture a deep sense of connection to the environment and our community. In 2019, PCC became the first grocery store in the world to pursue Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certification. Set by the International Living Future Institute, LBC is the world’s most rigorous green building standard.
Our store development team spent thousands of hours reviewing over 800 building materials and pieces of equipment to ensure that our new stores comply with LBC’s strict sustainability requirements. We also promoted the availability of safe building products in the marketplace by writing more than 300 letters to manufacturers advocating for the elimination of toxic substances and educating on why they’re harmful to both human and environmental health.
Read more about our work in three performance areas: Place, Beauty and Materials.
“Just like the high standards we set for products on our shelves, LBC Petal Certification is evidence of our triple bottom line model at work.”
– Susan Livingston, PCC’s VP of Marketing + Purpose
We select locations that are thoughtfully positioned in each community, providing benefits like walkability, bike storage and electric vehicle charging.
Our commitment to sustainability is nothing new. In 2006, Redmond PCC became the first grocery store in the U.S. to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. In 2018, Burien PCC became the first grocery store in the U.S. to be certified under the new LEED v4 program.