Harris Teeter Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certifications
Charlotte, N.C. – Harris Teeter announced today that three of its recent stores are now officially recognized as LEED®-certified projects by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The Harris Teeter locations that achieved LEED certification are in Maryland and South Carolina. Harris Teeter’s Fair Hill Shopping Center location in Olney, Md. is LEED-certified, Harris Teeter’s McHenry Row Shopping Center location in Baltimore, Md. is LEED-certified to the Silver level, and Harris Teeter’s Rivertowne Place location in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. is LEED-certified. The company's Mt. Pleasant location achieved certification in June 2011. Each of the projects achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
LEED certification of these projects was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Reducing water usage by using reduced flow faucets
- Building from recycled materials
- Using building materials manufactured regionally
- Recycling waste generated during construction
- Installing environmentally friendly lighting in refrigerated cases
- Cleaning with environmentally preferred products
Harris Teeter continues to introduce more sustainable features, energy efficient designs into its facilities as a part of routine maintenance and incorporates more efficient designs into new development, as well.
For more information about Harris Teeter’s sustainability efforts, please visit harristeeter.com.
About U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.