Georgetown Safeway - Sustainability and Community

leed certified store - demonstrating our commitment to the enviornment

our commitment
The Georgetown Safeway is the greenest supermarket in the District of Columbia
Safeway has built and will maintain this store to LEED specifications, a national standard for sustainability. Safeway will seek LEED certification for this store which will make it the first LEED certified supermarket in the District of Columbia.

Safeway's commitment to a sustainable future makes us a leader in the industry. Safeway strongly supports green building and development efforts. Safeway's corporate construction and design department has developed a sustainable construction process using US Green Building Council's LEED portfolio program as a benchmark for improving the environmental footprint of its stores.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Safeway is one of the largest retail users of renewable energy in the United States. The Company has competed 14 solar projects in California and 9 new projects are under development, which will help remove more than 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. By harnessing the power of renewable wind energy, Safeway has reduced its carbon footprint by more than 142 million pounds of CO2.

investing in the community
Safeway believes in building a stronger and better community and we give back through our philanthropy.

Just last year, donations exceeded $172 million nationally with $11 million contributed in this region. The primary beneficiaries are in three areas: education; hunger relief, and health/human services. In the District of Columbia, Safeway donated thousands of dollars to charitable organizations in an effort to build a stronger community. Below are some of the local organizations that Safeway has helped in the community:

- Community Foundation of the National Capital Region

- D.C. Central Kitchen

- Divine Exchange Ministry, Inc./Washington

- Turning the Page/Washington

- Unity Health Care/Washington

initiative to promote healthy eating by children
image of allicance for healthier generation signChildhood obesity is one of our nation’s leading health threats. Nearly one in three children and youth is already overweight or obese. Because of the number of conditions and diseases that are associated with obesity, some experts believe that our current generation may be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.

With the opening of the new store, Safeway is partnering with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote healthy eating by children. At the Georgetown Safeway and others throughout the City, Safeway will join with local schools to promote healthy eating through events and activities.