Over the past five years, we have made significant investments in energy efficiency and waste reduction initiatives. It is our belief that when we as a company work to conserve resources, we are serving both our communities and our shareholders. Here are just a few of the ways we are striving to be a more sustainable company:
- After upgrading to high-efficiency fluorescent lighting in all our stores, we are continuing to foster a sustainable environment by installing LED lighting. Our LED installations have decreased annual electric consumption in our stores by 18 million kWh.
- By implementing industry best practices, we completed a redesign of our ice cream plant in El Monte, Calif., which included upgrades to an ammonia refrigeration system, lighting and HVAC systems. The implemented efficiencies results in an annual decrease by eight million kWh at our ice cream plant alone. This equates to approximately seven million pounds of CO2e removed from the atmosphere.
- In 2015, we installed a 1098 kW solar system at our distribution center in Lancaster, Calif. The solar system produces 30 percent of the location’s power needs and produces 2.3 million kWh of solar electricity annually.
- Over the course of the last three years, we safely decommissioned 228 in-store wet photo labs, completely eliminating this chemically intensive photo developing process from all Rite Aid locations.
- In 2017, we diverted 25,901 tons of cardboard, office paper, plastics and other materials from our waste stream through our recycling program.
- We currently benchmark our stores’ energy performance through Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager. This has allowed us to share operational best practices and performances across our footprint.
Store Design and Architecture
Rite Aid utilizes best-in-class architectural and engineering design firms that employ Building Council LEED™-accredited staff in developing our new store designs. Newly opened stores as well as remodeled stores meet or exceed the national building code standards for energy efficiency.
Our energy-efficient Rite Aid stores include:
- We are creating site designs that include best management practices for erosion control and clean water regulations.
- We are redesigning vestibules that create an airlock to minimize heat transfer into and out of the store every time a customer enters and exits.
- We are installing light-colored single-ply roofing to reduce heat gain in the summer, resulting in reduced demand for air conditioning.
- Suspended acoustical tile ceilings are being utilized to reduce the amount of conditioned store space, thereby decreasing energy consumption.
- Our new stores utilize a reduced building height which reduces the mechanical load by minimizing the conditioned space and exterior building surface area.
- The lower building height provides an efficient design, minimizes resources used and reduces construction waste.
- LED lighting is utilized both inside and outside for reduced energy consumption. This design uses 11 percent less energy than allowed by the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.
- Insulated glazing and special films are used to reduce solar heat gain and demand for air conditioning.
- Storefront framing window systems are engineered to resist heat transfer by thermally separating the interior from the exterior window frame.
- Air conditioning systems are being utilized that include EER values up to 12 percent better than the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.
- Sustainable flooring types are being installed, including bio-based tile. These are made of 40 percent recycled material and are Floorscore rated for improved indoor air quality. We have installed over 11 million square feet of bio-based floor tile in the last 5 years.
- An EMS system that reduces energy consumption by automatically controlling the lighting and HVAC equipment.
Our program is designed to ensure that front-end products and pharmaceuticals that are no longer fit for sale, as well as materials used by Rite Aid, are safely handled in accordance with federal, state and local hazardous waste guidelines.
The key program elements include:
- Recognition of when an item or material must be considered to be waste.
- The characteristics that determine when a waste must be treated as hazardous.
- Procedures for properly processing and storing hazardous waste, including product incompatibilities and spill prevention.
- Proper hazardous waste removal tracking and recordkeeping.
- Emergency procedures, equipment and resources.
- Weekly site inspections to maintain compliance with operational and recordkeeping requirements.
All Rite Aid retail and supply chain associates receive annual training in all elements of our Hazardous Waste Program.
Removing Chemicals of Consumer Concern
At Rite Aid, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique needs. This commitment extends into our ongoing efforts to ensure that we meet the expectations of our customers in terms of the safety of some of the ingredients found in many products we sell today..
Rite Aid is committed to working with our supplier partners to ensure the products we sell are safe and healthy for our customers and the environment, and to keeping our stakeholders informed about our continuous efforts and progress in selling safe products.