Weis Markets is marking Earth Day by revealing its progress toward reducing its overall environmental impact last year in the “2021 Weis by Nature Sustainability Report.” The report details Weis Markets’ efforts to conserve resources, employ green design and be socially responsible.
According to the report, Weis Market has reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by 55% since 2008 by taking part in energy efficiency programs, assessing its energy choices, lowering refrigerant leakage, and upgrading lighting, refrigeration, transportation and other technologies.
Additionally, the report highlights the retailer’s ongoing commitment to the communities it serves, including the expansion of its donation program to more than $4 million and almost 2.7 million pounds of food.
“The success of our sustainability efforts depends on the ongoing focus and dedication of team members throughout the company,” noted Weis Markets Chairman and CEO Jonathan Weis. “We are grateful for the associates who have worked to achieve continued progress toward our sustainability goals, and we will work together to set and achieve ambitious goals for reducing our overall environmental impact moving forward.”
Coinciding with the report’s release and Earth Day, Weis Markets has donated $2,000 each to six organizations that work to improve the environment throughout the grocer’s market area: Howard County Conservancy, in Woodstock, Md.; Chesapeake Conservancy, in Annapolis, Md.; ClearWater Conservancy, in State College, Pa.; Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful; Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, in Carlisle, Pa.; and Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, in Lewisburg, Pa.
Among Weis Markets key sustainability achievements in 2021 were the following:
Commitments to Reduce Waste
Progress in Green Design
Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets operates 197 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia. The company is No. 60 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.