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 at most locations 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 from all stores! 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. Through this, our customers prevent 6,425 grocery bags from being used every day!
- In 2010, we launched Plastic Surgery, a comprehensive storewide effort to eliminate unnecessary plastic waste in every way possible. The first (and most important) step was to ban bottled still water.
- All MOM’s stores* offer bulk options to reduce plastic waste, including dry goods, grind your own nut butter stations, liquid cleaning supplies, tofu bins, growler stations, sustainable protein options, water machines, and stations for 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 like Flat Grain Bamboo and Maple Veneer Plywood with no added formaldehyde to build our customer service desks, bread counters, and shelving.
- Polished concrete floors in our stores reduce the need for floor services and VCT tiles.
- 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 Gold certification standards.
- We use heat recovery from our refrigeration systems, where the heat for hot water is recycled from the refrigeration system.
- Our Arlington store has a Green Roof, which assists 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 scraps and clippings from denim manufacturing and denim recycling (some of which comes from our Annual Denim Recycling Drive!). This material helps divert waste from the landfill 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 average round trip miles, multiply it 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 Feb. 2013, MOM’s installed solar panels at our Waldorf location. See their daily usage here!
- We expanded our renewable energy portfolio in July 2016, when a MOM’s designated 1.5-megawatt solar farm in Kingsville, MD went live.
- MOM’s Solar Farm outputs 2,124,000 kilowatts/year and we’re purchasing the entire system’s output for the next 20 years.
- The power generated by this solar farm accounts for 25% of the total power needs of our stores. Check out how much power our solar farm is generating!
- In April 2017, White Marsh’s solar panels went live – generating ~30% of the store’s energy usage.
Wind Power at MOM’s
MOM’s supports renewable energy projects by purchasing Wind Power Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset over 100% of our company’s electrical usage. In 2016, MOM’s purchased 11,100,000 kWh of Wind Power RECs. The benefit of MOM’s purchasing wind power is equivalent to offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions from…
- 1,205 passenger vehicles driven for one year
- 2,051 tons of waste sent to the landfill
- 787 homes’ electricity use for one year
- 6,147,447 pounds of coal burned