Here at Nugget Markets, we’re committed to working towards a greener, more sustainable future every day, in every store. With the help of our Sustainability Coordinator and Green Guru Team, we’re constantly improving our environmental impact through eco-friendly actions like reducing water and energy usage, recycling, diverting food waste, donating to local nonprofits and more. It’s not always easy being green, but it sure is worth it!
Our Commitment to Sustainability
We are a family business serving our guests, each other and our Earth. We are committed to being leaders of sustainability in our industry with a focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality.
Environmental Stewardship: Taking care of the planet
With every action we take, we aim to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our ecosystems by reducing our environmental footprint and sourcing sustainable products for our guests.
Social Responsibility: Taking care of people
One of our core values at Nugget Markets is to Respect, Appreciate and Value Everyone (RAVE). This means taking care of our guests, associates, communities and producers.
Economic Vitality: Taking care of business (sustainably speaking)
We’re dedicated to being good stewards of our resources, supporting local growers and producers and partnering with companies who share our values for sustainability.
Almost every act of sustainability falls into more than one of these categories, as all three pillars are connected and work together to create a better future.
At Nugget Markets, we are committed to serving our guests, each other, and our Earth. That’s why we’ve started our Green Guru program, forming a team of sustainability specialists in our stores to help us achieve our environmental goals. Nugget Markets’ Sustainability Coordinator and Green Gurus oversee our company-wide sustainability program, ensuring that we’re on the cutting edge in the food industry when it comes to sustainability.
Nugget Markets is committed to being a leader in our industry, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our sustainability initiatives. We’ve increased our focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality, resulting in enormous improvements company-wide.
In 2018, we made huge strides in reducing our waste and limiting our resource consumption. Here’s how we’ve done so far:
2018 Diversion Tonnage
Roughly 6,000 tons—that’s nearly 6 times more than the amount ending up in the landfill. This number includes food waste, meat rendering, oil, recycling, cardboard bailing and food donations.
Annual Landfill Tonnage
Amount of waste that goes into the landfill (in tons)
Current Diversion Rate
Percent of waste leaving our stores to be recycled
The EPA defines Zero-Waste as a 90% diversion rate, so we are well on our way to achieving that goal!
Landfill RatePercent of waste leaving our stores and ending up in the landfill
2018 Water Consumption
We have reduced our water consumption by 19% compared to last year, saving more than 4.5 million gallons (which is twice the amount of water held in all the aquariums at Monterey Bay).
And by eliminating the energy needed to produce those 4.5 million gallons, we also prevented 18 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.
Total energy consumption for all locations (in million kWh)
Annual Cardboard Tonnage
2,500 tons:Amount of cardboard per year since 2015 (in tons)
Love local? Eat local! We’re proud to partner with the Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) to offer fresh, hyperlocal produce grown by new farmers in their California Farm Academy at our West Sacramento store. This is just one of their many programs that helps cultivate opportunity for youth, agriculture, business and the environment.
Being in the food business, it’s incredibly important to us at Nugget Markets that our guests and communities are getting the food they need. No matter if you’re a guest in our stores or a community member seeking help from a food bank, we care deeply about the service we provide and the food we offer. That’s why we partner with 14 food agencies and 6 food banks to ensure our excess food is handled safely and feeds the hungry in our communities.
Com-post-ing, easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s as easy as CSS, composting, you and me! Along with making a catchy tune, composting allows food waste to be recycled back into a new product instead of sending it to the landfill. Here at Nugget Markets, we call that a triple sustainability win because it balances the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainability. Have more composting questions? We have answers!