NEW NATURAL FOODS COOP ADDITION IN SACRAMENTO FEATURES GREEN ENERGY

NEW NATURAL FOODS COOP ADDITION IN SACRAMENTO FEATURES GREEN ENERGY

The new 20,000 sq. ft addition at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op maintains its green theme – with 100 percent of its electrical power coming from renewable sources via the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Greenergy Program. Plus the Co-op which has annual sales of $19 million from its 2,400 customers per day and is one of the city’s largest employers – features these construction design advantages:

Natural Lighting from 19 skylights that reduce energy consumption and south-facing, storefront window wall that cools and lights the store;

Warehouse Refrigeration that uses sensors to minimize cooling needs while producing hot, potable water at no cost;

Building Insulation using 100 percent recycled blue jeans;

Rubber Floor made from recycled tires collected at landfills;

Counter Tops from compressed layered paper that is baked to form solid sheets with nontoxic adhesive;

Cabinet Particle Board made from certified trees that carry the Forest Stewardship Council’s “ecolabel.”

The Co-op also “boasts an unsurpassed selection of premium certified organic fruits and vegetables. The demand for organics and the rapid growth in Elk Grove laid the groundwork for the Co-op’s expansion into the marketplace, say store officials.

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