Retail, Food Service & Grocery
Retail, Food Service & Grocery
The Retail, Food Service and Grocery sectors spend over $41 billion on energy costs a year, and represent 14 billion square feet of floorspace in the U.S. Collectively, Better Buildings Alliance sector members account for almost 3 billion square feet of building space, or 19% of retail floor space nationwide. Through their engagement with the program, these organizations share tips and strategies for overcoming energy efficiency barriers and meeting their organization’s energy use reduction goals.
View select opportunities available to Alliance partners. Sign up for a technology campaign, engage in peer-exchange call with experts, or adopt another partner's proven solution.
Through the Better Buildings Alliance, over 200 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.
More than 345 leading public and private sector organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge are saving 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.
Eco-Treasure Hunts at Fulfillment Centers Implementation ModelStaples fulfillment center staff conducted Eco-Treasure Hunts, tracking down energy and water savings opportunities at target facilities.
As Easy as Pie: Driving Energy Savings through Employee Behavioral Change Management Implementation ModelThis implementation model describes Shari's Cafe & Pies efforts to motivate employee behavior change, in order to achieve improved energy-efficiency.
Engaging Employees to Drive Efficiency Behavior 2015 Better Buildings SummitLearn strategies to effectively communicate with and motivate behavior change from the people who hold resource consumption in their hands every day, including specific language, techniques for gaining buy-in, and even an app!
Wendco Group - Wendy's - Mobile, Ala. Showcase ProjectNew restaurant design with energy efficient equipment and new HVAC System drives more than 50% energy-per-transaction savings.
Green Lease Library GeneralServes as a one-stop shop to improve access to green leasing resources. It features case studies, sample lease language, best practices, and toolkits. It was produced through a collaboration of Better Buildings Alliance members with the U.S. General Services Administration, Building Owners and Managers Association International, Natural Resources Defense Council, Institute for Market Transformation, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, and the Rocky Mountain Institute.
ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard
A proven approach for U.S. industrial and commercial facilities to continually improve energy performance. This powerful new standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides an internationally recognized framework for organizations to voluntarily implement an energy management system.
ENERGY STAR Management Guidelines
Tools, resources, and strategic energy management guidance for measuring and reducing energy consumption.
ENERGY STAR Teaming Up To Save Energy Guide
A “how-to” guide discussing the structure, launch, and maintenance of energy management teams.
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Sustainability Initiative Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Tools and Resources
Resources for retail organizations identified by RILA’s Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Committee.
Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides
The Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides (AERGs) were created to help decision makers plan, design, and implement energy improvement projects in their facilities. Guides are available for office buildings, retail buildings, and grocery buildings.
Advanced Energy Design Guides
Created by ASHRAE and its partners, the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004. View guides for big box retail, small box retail, and grocery buildings (coming soon).
DOE 179d Tax Deduction Eligibility Calculator
A DOE approved tool that provides calculations to determine eligibility for the 179D federal tax deduction as a substitute for other modeling software. The 179D DOE Calculator provides pre-simulated results to determine qualification for both the partial and interim compliance pathways.
Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE)
A comprehensive database of incentives, rebates and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States.
Commercial Buildings Resource Database
The database provides resources developed by the Building Technologies Office and its partners. Building owners and operators can use this centralized collection of materials produced from DOE's commercial buildings research to design, build, and upgrade their facilities.
PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC)
A leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing, the FSTC provides expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation, water heating and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.
Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) Commercial Kitchens Initiative
Search thousands of evaluation studies, market characterizations, and relevant efficiency documents.
National Restaurant Association’s Conserve Sustainability Education Program
Designed by the restaurant industry for the restaurant industry, an introduction to sustainability and a roadmap to help operators with easily digestible information.
ENERGY STAR for Restaurants
EPA’s ENERGY STAR program website for restaurants, which provides building energy management and measurement resources and tools.
ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings
Targeted ENERGY STAR materials and resources for commercial buildings stakeholders, including retail and grocery building owners and managers.
ENERGY STAR Commercial Kitchen Package
ENERGY STAR qualified products, guidebooks, and factsheets that help restaurant owners improve the performance of their facilities and equipment while reducing energy costs.
The Better Buildings Alliance Retail, Food Service and Grocery Steering Committee helps to set priorities for Alliance work in the sector each year. This year, sector activities focus on the following priorities:
1) Communicating new products & service needs to vendors and suppliers.
2) Retail display lighting.
3) Supply chain energy-efficiency
Steering Committee Members
- Jim McClendon, Walmart (Chair)
- Bruce Condit, PRSM
- Mike Ellinger, Whole Foods Market
- Erin Hiatt, RILA
- Patrick Leonard, Starbucks
- Scott Moline, Wendy's
- Juliann Rogers, CKE Restaurants
- Sheila S. Ongie, National Co-op Grocers
- Jodenne Scott, Shari's Cafe and Pies
- Bob Valair, Staples