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Contact: Ashley Flower
GIANT Food Stores LLC
GIANT JOINS PENN STATE AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT CENTER TO PLANT 350 TREES AS PART OF REDUCED EMISSIONS PROGRAM
CARLISLE, PA., November 15, 2018 - On Saturday, Nov. 17, GIANT will partner with Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center to support the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's tree planting event. Open to the community, 350 trees will be planted at a community park located at 6 London Vale Rd, Gordonville, Pa. along the Pequea Creek. This volunteer project follows a similar activity at Kings Gap Environmental Center last month and stems from GIANT'S Reduced Emissions Program which was developed in partnership with GreenPrint, LLC.
"Partnering with the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center in support of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's tree planting event really helps bring our Reduced Emissions Program full circle," said Ashley Flower, GIANT/MARTIN'S manager, external communications and community relations. "We are proud to participate in activities like this which help us deliver on our promise of making a difference in the communities we serve while also helping to ensure a healthy planet for future generations."
GIANT's Reduced Emissions Program was announced in April of this year as part of the company's ongoing sustainability efforts. For every qualifying gallon of fuel purchased at GIANT/MARTIN'S 99 fuel stations, GreenPrint will invest in carbon projects across the globe, like creating local greenscapes or tree plantings. These efforts will offset up to 30 percent of the customer's tailpipe carbon emissions. To date, more than 11,000 trees have been planted through GIANT's Reduced Emissions Program this year. That is equal to 31,489 metric tons of CO2 offset, equivalent to 4,720 homes' electricity use for one year.
Leading the charge to minimize the company's impact on the planet, GIANT is committed to being a responsible retailer through a variety of other green efforts.
In September, GIANT announced its Cleona, Pa. store located at 481 West Penn Ave., as the first in the chain to reach zero waste. A recognized definition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, zero waste means 90 percent or more of a store's total waste is being diverted from a landfill or incineration.
Last year, the company saved more than 930,000 trees by recycling cardboard at all stores and distribution centers. Since 2011, GIANT and its parent company have successfully removed more than one billion plastic bags from the waste stream through more efficient bagging, increased usage of reusable tote bags by customers, and turning plastic bags into 1,500 donated park benches through its Bags to Benches program. Currently, 77 percent of all waste generated by its stores is diverted through recycling and composting.
Visit the GIANT website to learn more about the company's sustainability programs.
About GIANT Food Stores, LLC
GIANT Food Stores, LLC has more than 170 neighborhood stores and offers home delivery, online/mobile ordering, fuel centers, pharmacies, plus in-store nutritionists. Serving families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, GIANT Food Stores is proud to employ nearly 30,000 associates who believe in giving back to their community. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT Food Stores is a company of Ahold Delhaize. For more information visit theGIANT or MARTIN'S websites.
Developed by a team of loyalty and rewards program veterans, GreenPrint is a technology and service company enabling companies to practice sustainability in turn-key a measurable way. Blending transaction processing software with climate science, the company's patent-pending products reduce atmospheric emissions on vehicles for municipalities and commercial fleets, for petroleum wholesalers and retailers, and for corporate travelers, to build goodwill, enhance brand loyalty, and increase sales and market share. Working with over 42,000 corporate clients in 8 languages across 12 countries, GreenPrint reduces emissions on almost 500 million gallons of fuel annually. Visit www.GreenPrintCorp.com for more information.
About Penn State's Agricultural and Environment Center
The Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center strives to provide Penn State research and resources to those that make land use decisions impacting local water resources. One of their programs, Greening the Lower Susquehanna, helps connect volunteers to partner organizations with on-the-ground projects such as tree plantings, litter clean-ups, rain garden maintenance and more. Over 500 volunteers are currently signed up to help local streams in Lancaster and surrounding Counties. To sign-up to help, email [email protected]
About Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
The Alliance is committed to improving water quality throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through collaboration, inclusivity, and leading local action. For almost five decades, the Alliance has believed that the best results come from bringing people together to find common ground and working to deploy "boots on the ground" to bring clean water projects to fruition. The Alliance is proud to support local governments, watershed organizations, residents, farmers, businesses and more, in their efforts to improve water quality throughout the Watershed. Visit www.allianceforthebay.org" for more information.