Car Charging Stations
- We believe that electric and hybrid vehicles are a great opportunity to reduce global warming emissions. MOM’s hosts free Level II car charging stations at all locations (except Bowie) and provides access to workplace charging at our Central Office.
- We’re a proud member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge.
Reducing Reliance on Plastic
- In 2005, MOM’s eliminated plastic bags! We use compostable bags in our produce section and paper bags at checkout.
- In 2008, we introduced a $.10 bag credit for customers who use reusable bags.
- In 2010, we launched Plastic Surgery, a comprehensive storewide effort to eliminate unnecessary plastic waste. The first (and most important) step was to ban bottled still water, replacing it with water machines and reusable water containers.
- In 2018, MOM’s customers prevented 2,629,920 bags from being used by bringing their own, at an average of 7,205 per day!
- All MOM’s stores* offer bulk options to reduce plastic waste, including dry goods, grind your own nut butter, liquid cleaning supplies, self-serve tofu, beer & kombucha, sustainable protein, honey, olive oil, and vinegar.
*Bulk options vary by store
- We use ultra-low watt LED overhead, track, refrigerated, case, and exit lights. LED parking lot lights are used in some stores.
- Motion sensor lights with dimming controls in our offices and restrooms help reduce consumption.
- We utilize adjustable AC units.
- MOM’s has a no open door policy, never allowing cooler doors to be propped open.
- We power down all unnecessary lights and equipment when not in use and install skylights where permitted.
Construction, Facilities & Store Features
- We use zero-VOC paints and sustainable building materials, such as Flat Grain Bamboo and Maple Veneer Plywood that contain no added formaldehyde to build our customer service desks, bread counters, and shelving.
- Polished concrete floors in our stores reduce the need for special floor services and unnecessary materials.
- We have a state of the art building energy management system, with HVAC controls to efficiently heat and cool buildings.
- Our refrigeration systems have Electronically Communicated Motors, which use 60% less electricity than the industry standard motor. They’re equipped with state of the art regulation and leak detection systems, so leaks are immediately detected and fixed.
- All refrigerant systems meet GreenChill Platinum certification standards.
- We use heat recovery from our refrigeration systems, where the heat for hot water is recycled from the refrigeration system.
- Our Arlington and Gaithersburg stores have Green Roofs, which assist with stormwater management, air purification, life-extension for roofing membranes, reduction in the amount of energy needed to moderate the building’s temperature, ambient temperature reduction, and increased biodiversity.
- Beginning with the Alexandria store’s 2017 renovation, we’ve begun utilizing UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation. This insulation is made from denim scraps & clippings, some of which come from our Annual Denim Recycling Drive. This material helps divert waste from landfills and decreases the need for additional denim manufacturing and its related GHG emissions.
- We offset our customers’ gas mileage to and from our stores!
- To do so, we collect zip codes at checkout during an annual collection period.
- Then, we calculate the average round trip miles, multiply that number by our yearly customer count, and offset that equivalent amount of GHG emissions.
- We invest in projects such as:
- The McKinney Landfill Gas Methane Capture: trash decomposes in landfills, creating methane gas. Methane rises to the top of the landfill and is collected in pipes. This methane is burned to produce heat or generate electricity.
- Wisconsin Agricultural Methane Capture: animal manure on farms is collected. Manure digesters convert the energy stored in this organic matter into methane, which is used to produce energy (gas or electricity) for on and off farm use.
- U.S. Coal Mine Methane Capture: methane gas is captured from coal mines. The methane is then burned to produce heat or generate electricity.
Solar Power at MOM’s
- In 2013, MOM’s installed rooftop solar panels at our Waldorf location. Track our daily output here!
- In 2016, MOM’s 1.5-megawatt off-site solar project in Kingsville, MD went live. Check out how much power MOM’s Solar Farm generates. The power generated by this solar farm accounts for ~25% of the total power needs of our 19 stores.
- In 2017, our White Marsh store’s rooftop solar panels went live, generating ~30% of the store’s energy usage. Track our daily output here!
Wind Power at MOM’s
MOM’s supports renewable energy projects by purchasing Wind Power Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset ~75% of our company’s electrical usage (the rest is generated through MOM’s solar projects). In 2018, MOM’s purchased 12,266 Wind RECs. The benefit of MOM’s purchasing wind power is equivalent to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from…
- 2,127 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- 3,495 tons of waste sent to the landfill
- 1,200 homes’ electricity use for one year
- 10,952,938 pounds of coal burned