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Voluntary Programs at EPA Working with Supermarkets

These EPA voluntary programs support the food retail sector in their efforts to be sustainable through food management, low-GWP refrigerant use and leak repair, transportation, product safety, energy and water efficiency, green power, and waste reduction.

Rethink Food Recovery Challenge

FRCAs part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM).



GreenChill is an EPA Partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.


SmartWayEPA’s SmartWay program helps companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and freight transportation efficiency.


WasteWiseWasteWise encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes.


Energy StarEnergyStar’s Portfolio Manager tool allows supermarkets to track and manage their energy, water and waste data, leading to financial savings.  High performing stores can also get certified as an Energy Star building.  


WaterSenseWaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.

Green Power Partnership

Green Power PartnershipThe Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.

Safer Choice

Safer ChoiceSafer Choice helps consumers, businesses, and purchasers find products that perform and are safer for human health and the environment.