A pioneer in building environmentally sustainable or “green” grocery stores, PCC has been designing our stores to reduce our environmental impact since the 1990s. Our Redmond store was the first grocery store in the nation to earn LEED Gold certification. A year later, our Edmonds store achieved the highest LEED certification of Platinum. We’re not resting on our laurels — as we build new stores, we are committed to certifying them to LEED standards.
Our store development team works with our architects and designers to build beautiful, functional and sustainable stores. Design features include recycled content finishes, low-maintenance flooring and low-toxicity paint. Our lighting fixtures are highly efficient in our new stores; as we remodel stores, we’re retrofitting older fixtures. Many of our stores also include a waste heat recovery system that collects waste heat from refrigeration and uses it to heat spaces and preheat water. We also use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood to build out all of our new stores.
A few stores have deep green eco-design features. For example, Edmonds PCC collects rainwater from the building’s roof into a tank, supplying water as needed to toilets and landscape irrigation (about 160,000 gallons/year). Fremont PCC was Seattle’s first business to install a solar panel, which is a 3kw demonstration project.