Safeway Goes LEED In Washington D.C.

Watch out, Whole Foods–not only did Greenpeace rate Safeway’s seafood selections more sustainable than yours, this major mainstream grocer now has a LEED-certified grocery store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., specifically designed to offer a friendlier, more inviting shopping experience for customers.

This new “social” Safeway, located at 1855 Wisconsin Avenue NW, will be commemorating its one year anniversary–and its newly acquired LEED certification–with a week of activities and entertainment that includes cooking demos by local chefs, wine and cheese tastings, an outdoor Spring Floral Festival, and an official announcement from the representatives of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Georgetown Safeway

image via Safeway

Green features of the 71,067-square-foot grocery include sunshade screens that reduce solar heat gain; on-site stormwater management; water-efficient landscaping; a white, reflective roof that reduces cooling requirements for the store; LED lighting on all exterior signs; CFC-free refrigeration systems; pedestrian-friendly urban design; and bike storage and changing rooms for employees.

Unlike Whole Foods, the Georgetown Safeway grocery also operates 24 hours a day, as does its pharmacy and in-store Starbucks.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.