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The Austin Business Journal reports that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that “natural foods grocer Sprouts Farmers Market in Round Rock received the second-highest level of certification, gold, through the GreenChill program. A Whole Foods Market store in Lakewood near Beaumont has been certified as a silver-level store by the EPA.”

The two-year-old GreenChill partnership program, which the paper notes “certifies stores for their type of refrigerants as well as the environmental soundness of their refrigerant systems,” has thus far certified just 26 stores nationally.

The Journal writes that “at Sprouts Farmers, the certified systems add about 10 percent to the systems’ cost.” However, here’s the upside: “If every supermarket in the country reduced its emissions to the GreenChill average, the United States would save the equivalent of more than 22,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Also, the industry would save more than $108 million in annual refrigerant replacement costs.”
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