The San Antonio-based retailer among select group of retailers to join partnership
(SAN ANTONIO ) —
H-E-B has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership, strengthening its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by continuing to invest in cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems.
As part of this voluntary program, H-E-B continues its path to adopt more environmentally friendly refrigeration technologies, strategies and practices that will reduce refrigerant emissions and impact on the environment.
“H-E-B is proud to join this cutting-edge partnership, which further signifies our commitment to be strong environmental stewards,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs. “This pledge demonstrates our ongoing effort to provide our customers with more than just a great place to shop, we want them to know we’re actively protecting the state we proudly call home.”
To oversee these efforts, H-E-B named Keilly Witman Director of Refrigerant Management and Sustainability. Witman launched the GreenChill Partnership and managed it during her six-year tenure in the EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division. At H-E-B, Witman will steer refrigerant strategies and ensure the company exceeds the partnership’s standards.
“H-E-B is a fantastic company to have join EPA’s GreenChill Partnership because of their leadership in adopting advanced refrigeration technology,” said Tom Land, manager of the GreenChill Partnership. “The GreenChill Partnership looks forward to working with H-E-B to acknowledge the company’s environmentally responsible management of their refrigeration systems.”
H-E-B has longstanding and measurable commitment to environmental sustainability and this initiative is among the many efforts the retailer has in place to reduce its impact on the communities it serves. As a two-time winner of the state’s highest environmental excellence award, the company has several stores that are LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™) certified and has incorporated many of the same sustainable design strategies for its new stores. This includes the innovative, LEED® Gold certified H-E-B at Mueller in Austin, which was the first North American supermarket to use a whole-store propane refrigeration system.
H-E-B, with sales of $26 billion, operates 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 114th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 116,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/newsroom.
About EPA's GreenChill Partnership
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The Partnership provides information and assistance to help supermarkets transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices. For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, including its store certification program, please visit epa.gov/greenchill.