New Seasons Market’s Commitment to Sustainability Permeates all Business Aspects
Spokane, WA —August 30, 2016 — Ecova, a leading energy and sustainability management company, has been selected by New Seasons Market to provide Comprehensive Energy Management services at its 18 Portland, Oregon-area locations. Ecova will provide New Seasons Market with Utility Expense Management, Telecom Expense Management, Waste Expense Management and ENERGY STAR® Reporting. New Seasons Market will leverage these services through the Ecova Platform to reduce cost, increase visibility into resource usage and more accurately report on sustainability efforts.
The world’s first certified B Corp grocery store, New Seasons’ commitment to its staff, its communities and the environment permeates every level of its business. The company aims for zero waste across its stores and it focuses on local food resources. This relationship with Ecova will help further demonstrate what New Seasons’ customers have come to expect from the grocery store chain – an all-encompassing commitment to sustainability.
Prior to deploying the Ecova Platform, New Seasons Market had four different touchpoints within the organization that handled aspects of utility management to facilitate complex utility account set up, invoice processing and data tracking. By injecting Ecova’s expertise into the grocer’s data management process, New Seasons Market will have an efficient and effective view of what they’re spending and how they can save and be able to ensure that those elements align with their sustainability goals.
“Our previous business process was highly inefficient,” said Sarah Joannides, director of social responsibility. “Ecova offered a solution that will streamline our practices significantly. We also see great value in partnering with Ecova to assist us in auditing and reporting on usage, monitoring rate structures and managing jurisdictional reporting requirements.”
“New Seasons Market is a great new client who shares common goals with Ecova for a more sustainable future,” said Jana Schmidt, chief executive officer for Ecova. “Through the breadth of services we’re providing to New Seasons, Ecova will be able to help identify areas for cost savings, as well as recommend opportunities for greater resource management overall. We’re looking forward to sharing our insights and helping New Seasons meet its long-term energy and sustainability goals.”
The Ecova Platform combines data, technology and energy expertise to deliver insight needed to reduce organizational cost and consumption. For more information on the Ecova Platform, including features and benefits, visit www.ecova.com/platform.
Ecova makes businesses and utilities more successful through energy and sustainability management. Ecova blends data and technology, with people and insight, to drive powerful results for their clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, and hundreds of thousands of business sites across the United States, Canada and Europe, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks and enhance reputations. Ecova is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENGIE, a global actor in the energy transition. For more information, visit the company’s website www.ecova.com, on LinkedIn, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @EcovaInc.
ABOUT NEW SEASONS MARKET
New Seasons Market is a West Coast neighborhood grocer with a people-first culture that builds and sustains relationships for the greater good. A champion of the regional food economy, it partners with farmers, ranchers and producers to deliver the best of the region and pairs local, organic favorites with grocery classics to offer customers choice, value and flexibility. The world’s first certified B Corp grocery store using the power of business for good, New Seasons started with a single store in Portland, Ore., in 2000 when three families and 50 friends united over shared values. Together with its 3,300 plus welcoming staff members, New Seasons offers a unique retail experience in which communities come together to realize the potential of a healthy, sustainable food system. New Seasons has 19 neighborhood stores in Washington, Oregon and California, as well as five New Leaf Community Market locations in Northern California, and commits 10 percent of its after-tax profits back to the communities it serves.