Six Sprouts Farmers Market grocery stores in Florida have been awarded Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), bringing the total number of Sprouts stores in the GSC to 90. The GSC recognizes Sprouts’ commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact, reduce operating costs, and save resources. The certification for the Florida stores is the latest sustainability milestone for Sprouts, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country.
“Sprouts Farmers Market takes sustainability seriously,” said Peter Cooke, Director of Retail Sustainability for Manomet. “Sprouts believes in being a good neighbor in the communities they serve. By reducing their impact on the planet and operating more efficiently they are showing that they value both their employees and their customers. We look forward to continue working with them!”
Manomet’s GSC provides participating independent grocers and grocery chains with data about costs saved through operational sustainability efforts; revenue-generating sustainability opportunities; employee engagement strategies; and metrics on waste, water, energy and other conservation initiatives. As a result of their sustainable operating practices, the six Sprouts stores in Florida enrolled in the GSC are annually saving:
- More than $376,000, an average of $61,000 per store;
- More than 420 tons of food waste from going to landfills;
- More than two million gallons of water from being used; and
- More than 4,600 metric tons of greenhouse gases from being released.
“As we continue to grow and expand across the country, Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification has allowed us to measure the social, environmental and financial impact of our sustainability initiatives in our store operations. From waste and energy reduction to operational efficiencies, this information has allowed us to be more strategic in how we create positive impact in our communities and bottom line,” said Carlos Rojas, VP of Sustainability at Sprouts.
Since launching in 2012, the GSC has enrolled more than 1000 grocery stores in the United States and Canada. The GSC works with grocers to engage employees on operational sustainability strategies and to review store-level practices and equipment with an eye to increasing energy efficiency, boosting revenue and lowering costs. While there are a number of programs that focus on high performance buildings, Manomet’s GSC program is the only certification program to expand into employee practices and procedures to engage all stores within a chain. To learn more about the Grocery Stewardship Certification program, visit http://grocerycert.org/.
Manomet is a nonprofit organization that believes that people can live and work in ways today that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow. Manomet’s mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems. Visit www.manomet.org for more information.
Grocery Stewardship Certification
About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. specializes in fresh, natural and organic products at prices that appeal to everyday grocery shoppers. Based on the belief that healthy food should be affordable, Sprouts’ welcoming environment and knowledgeable team members continue to drive its growth. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes an array of fresh produce in the heart of the store, a deli with prepared entrees and side dishes, The Butcher Shop and The Fish Market at Sprouts, an expansive vitamins and supplements department and more. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., Sprouts employs more than 30,000 team members and operates more than 325 stores in 21 states from coast to coast. Visit about.sprouts.com for more information.