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EPA recognizes Harris Teeter for sustainability efforts

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Matthews-based Harris Teeter with two honors for the grocer’s sustainability efforts.

The Most Improved Emission Rate Award is for the EPA’s partner with the most improved corporate-wide emissions rate for its commercial systems. The Superior Goal Achievement Award goes to the company that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal, according to a statement Monday.

“Customers should note that Harris Teeter is cutting costs associated with refrigeration and protecting the environment,” said Tom Land, manager of the EPA’s GreenChill program.

Harris Teeter, which was acquired by Cincinnati-based Kroger last year, is the Charlotte area’s second-largest grocery store by market share, right behind Walmart, according to sales-tracking firm Chain Store Guide.

Harris Teeter operates over 50 stores in the Charlotte region, where it employs about 7,000 people.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta