Planet is one of the three pillars in the Co+ops triple bottom line – People, Planet, Performance. We are successful when all three pillars are strong. Here are some of the ways the Co+op works to be an environmental steward.

IMG_4096Thank you to our community who voted us Los Alamos Recycler of the Year for 2013 and to our staff and volunteers who encourage recycling and sustainability!

Co+op Sustainability Plan

LACM Sustainability Strategy

 

Recycling

Behind the scenes

The Co+op recycles cardboard, plastics, cans, and glass.

Glass

The Co+op is a county drop off location – east side of the parking lot

Learn more about Recycling at the Co+op.

Solar



Our solar array is rebuilt and working thanks to Select Solar LLC.

Our Building and Business

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market (LACM) commissioned Village Green Builders, Inc, d.b.a. “EcoBuild Systems, LLC” to conduct a study of its sustainability strategy to leverage the biggest impact with limited funds and maximize public relations.  The intent of this study is to assess the current situation, identify best practices, prioritize recommendations, and provide a sustainability road map for LACM over the next decade.

  • LACM is situated on both bike pathways and a public transportation stop, reducing the carbon footprint of the store.
  • The coop is creating 19 local jobs with benefits, further enriching the community. Furthermore, the coop plans to purchase a significant percentage of food and merchandise from local suppliers, providing a retail outlet for local small businesses and effectively incubating other businesses.
  • This study: LACM has developed a sustainability strategy, incorporating countless methods to provide for the long term vitality of the business, enriching the community, and reducing the carbon footprint for both the business and its members.
  • Miscellaneous: LED and fluorescent lighting, planned 2900 gallon water catchment system, planned community garden.

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