We design our store sites using meadow grass and wildflowers instead of traditional landscaping. These plants are heartier than those used in typical landscape design. They use less water, which means that they’ll grace the entrances to our stores and greet our customers looking beautiful and healthy using little more than rainfall.
Speaking of rainfall, the deep roots of these plants help to control soil erosion and protect valuable topsoil.
They also require far less maintenance than other plants used in standard landscape design. Less maintenance means less fuel used in the upkeep of the planted areas.
Check out this example of our eco-friendly landscape design at store #46 in East Berlin.
Earth Day 2015 is April 22nd. This month, we’ll highlight some of the ways we are doing our part to preserve our Earth’s precious resources and reduce our carbon footprint.
For example, did you know that all of our new stores are built with a white reflective roof, or “cool” roof?
What’s a cool roof, you ask? It’s a white roof with high solar reflectance, which is the ability to reflect the rays of the sun. The roof reflects the solar rays, which reduces heat transfer into the building. This reduces the demand for air conditioning in the summer months which, in turn, reduces the amount of energy we need to keep our stores cool and inviting for our customers during the hot summer months.