Environmental Responsibility

At Rite Aid, we believe adopting green business principles is a conscientious decision for our business, our community, and the environment.

Over the past five years, we have made significant investments in energy efficiency and waste reduction initiatives. It’s our belief at Rite Aid 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:

  • By upgrading the lighting in over 2,500 stores, 5 distribution centers, and 5 corporate office buildings to more efficient lamps, we reduced our annual electricity consumption by 63 million KWh 
  • Replacing old, less efficient rooftop HVAC units with higher-efficiency models saves us 14 million KWh per year
  • In 2011, we recycled 61,000 tons of cardboard and 910,000 fluorescent lamps
  • Tighter control of primary energy-consuming electrical and mechanical equipment at retail stores reduced electrical consumption by 19 million KWh annually
  • Over 1.3 million square feet of white “cool roof” has been installed on our facilities, significantly reducing solar heat gain and demand for air conditioning

Store Design and Architecture

Rite Aid utilizes best-in-class architectural and engineering design firms that employ Building Council LEED™-accredited staff in order to help us develop our new store designs.  These new stores and our remodeled buildings meet or exceed the national building code standards for energy efficiency. Our energy-efficient Rite Aid stores include:

  • Vestibules that create an airlock to minimize heat transfer into and out of the store every time a customer enters and exits
  • Light-colored single-ply roofing to reduce heat gain in the summer, resulting in reduced demand for air conditioning
  • Suspended acoustical tile ceilings to reduce the amount of conditioned store space, thereby decreasing energy consumption
  • Insulated glazing and special films to reduce solar heat gain and demand for air conditioning
  • Storefront framing window systems engineered to resist heat transfer by thermally separating the interior from the exterior window frame
  • Strategically placed windows that introduce more natural light into the building