LEED®, Salmon-Safe honors and “Leadership in Action” award
Sound Consumer | April 2011
LEED®, Salmon-Safe honors
Edmonds PCC is now LEED Platinum and certified Salmon-Safe. It’s the first grocery store in the western U.S. to earn LEED Platinum — and the only grocery store in the nation to earn both honors.
LEED is the rating system for sustainable construction developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It awards certification at Certified Silver, Gold or Platinum levels. PCC Edmonds’ use of sustainable materials, optimum air quality, and features that maximize energy and water efficiency and reduce waste, were factors in earning Platinum status, as were its rainwater harvesting system and two parking lot rain gardens.
Many of these sustainable features are why PCC Edmonds also has earned Salmon-Safe certification. Salmon-Safe is a program that helps farmers restore salmon streams in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the only certification program in the country dedicated to protecting water quality and habitat for salmon.
PCC Edmonds was recognized specifically for harvesting rooftop rainwater for irrigation and other uses, for incorporating low-input landscaping, and for treating parking lot runoff through rain gardens.
“Our transformation of a long-vacant building into a showcase of features and systems that protect and conserve natural resources demonstrates PCC’s commitment to operating stores that are as healthy for customers and employees as the products we sell,” said Tracy Wolpert, PCC’s CEO.
“Leadership in Action” award
The Organic Center, a nonprofit research institution in Oregon, is honoring PCC with a “Leadership in Action” award for its new purchasing policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The award praises PCC for adopting “perhaps the most far-reaching non-GMO-food policy in the nation, at least among major natural food retailers.”
PCC’s policy is to give priority to new items that are enrolled in the Non-GMO Project, particularly if they contain at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is the first independent, third-party certifier in the United States to establish Best Practices and testing throughout the supply chain to ensure non-GMO claims. PCC is asking all manufacturers making non-GMO claims to verify their claims with the Non-GMO Project.
Learn more about non-gmo shopping at PCC ».