A pioneer in operating environmentally sustainable grocery stores, PCC has been designing our buildings to reduce their environmental impact since the 1990s. Redmond PCC was the first grocery store in the nation to earn LEED Gold certification. A year later, Edmonds PCC achieved the highest LEED certification: Platinum. Burien PCC is the first grocery store in the nation to achieve LEED v4 certification, which is the most stringent version of LEED green building certification.
We’re not resting on our laurels — PCC is now pursuing Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certification for all of our new stores. We are the first grocer in the world to pursue LBC Petal Certification, which is one of the world’s most rigorous green building standards.
Our LBC-certified stores include design features like recycled content finishes, Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products, low-maintenance flooring and low-toxicity paint. Many of our new stores also include a waste heat recovery system that collects heat waste from refrigeration and uses it to heat spaces and preheat water. Some of our refrigeration systems use natural, low-impact refrigerants.
Some of our stores have “deep green” 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 each year. Fremont PCC was Seattle’s first business to install a solar panel, which is a 3kw demonstration project.