Outpost Natural Foods in Mequon has a roof that is lined
with solar panels, which provide about 10 percent of the
store’s energy requirements.
MEQUON — The Mequon Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op store
has received a LEED Silver Certification in Building
Design & Construction from the U.S. Building Council.
The Mequon store, 7590 W. Mequon Road, opened in May
Mequon City Administrator William Jones recognized
Outpost during the Feb. 9 Common Council meeting.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a
building certification program that recognizes
best-in-class building and strategies. Projects are
subject to a rating system that considers:
Energy and atmosphere
Materials and resources
Indoor environmental quality
Regional priority credits
Integrative process credits Outpost applied for 61
credits out of a possible 100 and received a final score
Earning credit for new construction in grocery retail –
as compared with other building applications – is
challenging, mainly due to the increased energy and
water demands required for handling and managing
perishable food products, a news release said.
Aside from Outpost, there is only one other retail
grocery outlet in Wisconsin reaching LEED Silver
certification, the news release added.
The land surrounding the store includes raised garden
Sustainable assets found at Outpost’s LEED-certified
Mequon store include zero-runoff storm water management,
an energy-efficient LED and day-lighting program,
innovative heat reclamation for heating water, recycled
and upcycled construction and design materials,
low-emission finishes, underground water catchment
cisterns for landscape management, a charging station
for electric vehicles, waste water management of the
retail water islands, raised garden beds for growing
food and water-efficient native landscaping, the news
Outpost has been committed to sustainability since it
was founded in 1970. Today, it maintains strong
practices in social, economic and environmental
sustainability that positively affect all stakeholders,
not just shareholders, the news release said.
challenge of applying for and being awarded LEED Silver
for grocery retail speaks to our commitment of going
above and beyond what is expected of us in order to
provide a healthy, diverse and sustainable community,”
said Jessy Servi-Ortiz, sustainability manager for
Outpost ranks 25th on the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Green Power Partnership Top 30 Retail list, which
represents the largest green power users in the program
in the nation.
co-op recently installed a 56kilowatt rooftop solar
panel system on its Mequon store. The company is aiming
to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 percent by 2022.
The panels are expected to generate roughly 10 percent
of the store’s energy requirements.
Outpost operates four stores in the metro Milwaukee
area, including the one in Mequon. It also operates the
Market at Innovation & Wellness Commons and a Market
Café at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. It has 21,000
shareholders and nearly 500 employees. Outpost is the
fifth-largest cooperatively owned natural foods grocer
in the nation by sales volume.
Outpost Natural Foods
7590 W. Mequon Road Mequon