We all know that supermarkets sell greens. Increasingly, however, the boasting that can be done for the buildings’ “green-ness” is growing. The Cub Foods that opened last week in St. Paul, MN, will pursue LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, the state’s first new grocery–and only the second in the United States–to do so. The 62,900-square-foot store features 44 skylights that will illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces, using a solar-powered GPS system that redirects sunlight as needed. LED lights exclusively are used in the parking lot.

“We never intended for this story to be green,” says Lee Ann Jorgenson, a community relations manager of Stillwater, MN-based Cub Foods. But President Brian Huff suggested the possibility and the process took off from there, she continues.

Other techniques used at the store include recycling half the waste from demolished buildings on the site, a water-saving landscape irrigation system, and recycling of building construction materials. But those technologies can be used at many other building types.

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