Earth Day activities highlight company's commitment to
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April 22, 2008: The corrected item is within the first bullet,
changing the date from Thursday, April 25 to Friday, April 25.
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SUPERVALU CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH NEW EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
Earth Day activities highlight company's commitment to
In honor of Earth Day, SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE:SVU) and its
nationwide family of stores, including Acme, Albertsons, bigg's, Cub
Foods, Farm Fresh, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw's, Shop 'n Save
and Shopper's Food & Pharmacy, are celebrating Earth Day by launching
a new associate volunteer program - Volunteers in Action (VIA) - and
participating in month-long Earth Day community and in-store events.
"As one of the largest retail grocery companies in the United
States, SUPERVALU is committed to preserving and protecting our
environment," said John Domino, SUPERVALU vice president, facilities,
energy, environmental and engineering. "We are proud to honor our
pledge as environmental stewards, not only through our month-long
Earth Day events and activities, but every day through our business
operating practices and community relations efforts."
As part of the celebration, SUPERVALU and its stores have a
variety of community and store activities planned, some of which are
organized by VIA chapters. Some examples include:
- On Friday, April 25, SUPERVALU, in partnership with the Will
Steger Foundation, will host a special event at LoveWorks
Academy for Arts to educate children on global warming and
ways to protect the environment. Students will be given tree
saplings to plant in their neighborhoods and reusable,
eco-friendly totes to use for future grocery shopping trips.
- On Earth Day, SUPERVALU is participating in a "Weed and Seed"
project to benefit local Minneapolis-area Urban Venture
locations. The company is cleaning up Urban Venture parking
lots, sidewalks and garden areas. Urban Ventures is focused on
helping community residents and businesses develop their
assets and capacity in ways that nurture livable, sustainable
and safe neighborhoods.
- SUPERVALU associates in Boise will distribute 1,000 reusable
shopping bags at Zoo Boise's 2008 Party for the Planet, an
event that teaches conservation education to the general
public. The Party for the Planet is a project of Zoo Boise in
partnership with Idaho EarthFest and its twelve affiliated
- Acme is partnering with a number of local organizations to
promote Earth Day activities, including Keep America Beautiful
(Maryland and North New Jersey), Philly Cares (South New
Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware), Mayor Nutter's Clean-up
(Philadelphia), Clean Ocean Action (New Jersey Shore) and The
Great PA Cleanup (Pennsylvania counties). Acme also donated
gift cards to environmentally-focused associations and
conservancies such as Perkimen Watershed Conservancy and
Chester - Ridley - Crum Watersheds Association.
- As the official sponsor of California State Park Foundation
Earth Day 2008 Restoration and Clean-ups, Albertsons stores in
the Southern California division are participating in a
variety of community clean-up events, including the Cuyamaca
Rancho State Park, Huntington Beach State Park and Montana de
Oro State Park clean-ups. Additionally, for every reusable
grocery bag sold April 1 through 22, Albertsons Southern
California Division stores will donate five cents to the
California State Park Foundation.
- On April 19, dozens of Albertsons Intermountain West Division
volunteers celebrated Earth Day with a multi-store effort to
clean up parks located within their communities. Additionally,
for every reusable grocery bag sold from April 16 through 22,
Albertsons Intermountain West stores will donate ten cents to
state park conservation efforts within each state the division
- bigg's launched "Discover Your Sixth Sense," a program where
customers using eco-friendly, reusable bags will receive six
cents off of their grocery bill as well as an additional
six-cent donation to a local charity benefiting Keep
Cincinnati Beautiful. bigg's will also give away 500 reusable
shopping bags and 500 Colorado blue spruce seedling trees to
customers at each bigg's location. bigg's will also hold a
drawing for a two-year lease on a 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid car.
- Cub Foods partnered with the St. Paul Parks and Recreation
Department to host an environmental education and restoration
project at Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minn. During the week of
April 13, Cub Foods customers received a free Cub Foods
reusable tote with purchase. The grocer also hosted a "Cub 4
Kids Earth Day Scavenger Hunt" on April 19 to educate children
on how their family choices affect the environment.
- Jewel-Osco is offering free, re-usable shopping bags complete
with product coupons to the first 200 customers at each
Jewel-Osco store. Additionally, Jewel-Osco associates are
participating in a series of environmentally-focused community
relations projects in which the grocer will make a $1,500
monetary donation to each project and will also donate several
park benches made of recyclable plastics.
- Shaw's employees and their families in New England are joining
their communities in cleaning parks and beaches and sweeping
up riversides, streets and highways. In addition to a donation
of $7,000, Shaw's associates in Vermont will be planting trees
and cleaning out estuaries with Nature's Conservancy, a
leading conservation organization working around the world to
protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and
people. Shaw's also partnered with "Kids for a Cooler Planet,"
a group of New Hampshire and Vermont students whose mission is
to work with retailers on the promotion and use of reusable
bags. In conjunction with the Trex Company, Shaw's also
sponsored "Bags to Benches," a program which highlights the
importance of recycling to students by inviting a local
elementary school to bring plastic bags from home to school,
where they will be placed into recycling bins supplied by
Shaw's. For their efforts, each student will receive a Shaw's
reusable shopping bag, and the school will receive a park
bench made of TREX material.
- On April 4, Save-A-Lot partnered with the St. Louis Rams and
Will Witherspoon to build an urban St. Louis garden, and on
April 25, Save-A-Lot employees will participate in a "clean
and green" event at Forest Park in St. Louis.
- Farm Fresh associates will participate in Clean the Bay Day to
clean up the Chesapeake Bay in June.
SUPERVALU has been an industry leader in protecting the
environment. In addition to encouraging customer involvement in the
company's recycling programs and further reducing energy usage and
waste in its stores and offices, the retailer's environmental
stewardship council, ValuEarth(TM), studies, recommends and oversees
ways in which the company can minimize its environmental footprint.
The company is also active in Food Marketing Institute's (FMI's)
Sustainability Task Force, FMI's Energy and Technical Services
Committee and recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership Program, a
program that aims to promote green technologies, strategies and
practices that protect the ozone layer and reduce greenhouse gases.
For more information about events in their area, customers should
contact their local stores. Contact information can be found at
www.supervalu.com by clicking on each retail banner logo.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United
States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $44 billion.
SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with
its approximately 2,475 retail grocery locations. Through SUPERVALU's
nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and
related logistics support services to more than 5,000 grocery
endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately
192,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit
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