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EPA Recognizes GreenChill Partners Sprouts Farmers Market and Kysor/Warren for Environmental Achievement

Release Date: 09/22/2010
Contact Information: Dave Bary at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(Dallas, Texas – September 22, 2010) EPA’s GreenChill Partnership announced the recipients of the program’s 2010 Environmental Achievement Awards. Regional supermarket companies featured prominently among the award winners.

GreenChill is an EPA partnership with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill partners work to transition to low-impact refrigerants; lower refrigerant charge sizes and eliminate leaks; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices.

EPA recognized Sprouts Farmers Market for having the best emissions rate of all GreenChill partner companies. The "Best Emissions Rate" Award is the most prestigious of GreenChill's annual environmental achievement awards.

"Sprouts Farmers Market is a great example of a new GreenChill partner 'getting it right' right from the start,” said Keilly Witman, Manager of EPA's GreenChill Partnership. “It is impressive that in their first reporting year as part of the GreenChill Partnership they've won our ‘Best Emissions Rate’ Award."

Kysor/Warren, one of the top manufacturers of green refrigeration systems for supermarkets in the nation, also earned GreenChill’s Distinguished Partner award.

"EPA is proud to recognize Kysor/Warren with our Distinguished Partner Award this year," said Witman. "Kysor/Warren continues GreenChill's tradition of recognizing an advanced technology manufacturer for outstanding contributions to furthering the Partnership's mission to reduce refrigerant emissions from supermarkets. Kysor/Warren's contribution to GreenChill over the past year has been of the highest caliber, both in terms of quality and level of commitment."

EPA estimates that if supermarkets nationwide reduced their emissions to the GreenChill average emissions rate, the industry would eliminate the equivalent of 22,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing nearly 4,000,000 passenger vehicles from the road. This would also help restore stratospheric ozone, which protects the Earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, a leading cause of skin cancer.

GreenChill now has a total of 50 partners with almost 5,500 stores in 48 states. For additional information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, please visit: www.epa.gov/greenchill .

More about activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/region6

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/sep2010.html

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