In at least one way, the most progressive part of the East Bay is ... Dublin! The Safeway store on Dublin Boulevard is hailed as the world's first solar-powered supermarket.
Solar panels have been installed atop the newly renovated market — a move by which the supermarket chain claims it is "removing 487,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air, the equivalent of taking 50 passenger cars off the road annually or planting 184 acres of pine trees. The entire 23-store solar program will remove 10.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide from the air, the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road annually or planting 4,000 acres of pine trees."
Plans are afoot to transition 23 Safeway stores statewide to solar power.
The Dublin store's on-site fuel station is powered by wind energy, as part of a 2005 project that transitioned all 295 Safeway fuel stations nationwide to wind energy.
Determined to keep it green, the Safeway chain would like us to know that every year it recycles nearly 500,000 tons of plastic, corrugated cardboard, compostable materials, metal, and wood, and that in 2006 it joined the Chicago Climate Exchange, the world's first and North America's only voluntary, legally binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction registry and trading program. Membership in the program, the company tells us, "commits Safeway to reduce its carbon footprint from the base year 2000 by 390,000 tons of carbon dioxide."
Happy Arbor Day! — Anneli Rufus