Our Sustainable Practices

Both Willy East and West have received an Energy Star Label! See our article about it here and here Willy East was also named as one of the 2011 MPower Business Champion.

Interior

Sustainable PracticeWilly EastWilly West
Recyclable packaging used for our Deli foodYesYes
Circulatory ceiling fans to help reduce heating and cooling costsYes (3)Yes (5)
Aluminum night covers for produce cases. They reduce warm air flow into cases at night, improve efficiency and reduce energy consumption.YesYes
Promotion of bag credits (5¢ off for each paper bag reused; 10¢ for each cloth bag or backpack)YesYes
Environmentally sound soaps and cleaning agents are used whenever possible, and cleaning and office supplies are bought in bulk to limit the amount of packaging and pollution from transportationYesYes
Energy-efficient lightingYesNot Yet
Energy-star certified equipmentYesNot Yet
Low-flow water fixturesYesNot Yet
Recycling of paper, packing peanuts, light bulbs, toner cartridges and plasticYesYes
All locations were existing buildings that we had remodeled for our needs rather than new structuresYesYes
The Willy West Customer Service desk and children's area mural were bought from the Madison Children's Museum before their move and repurposed.NAYes
The Willy East Customer Service desk is made of a reclaimed and rapidly renewable raw sorghum straw and low-emitting materials. YesNA
Aisle signs at Willy West are partially made from old wooden doors.NAYes
Aisle signs at Willy East are made from reclaimed barn wood from Southeast Wisconsin. YesNA

Exterior

Sustainable PracticeWilly EastWilly West
Solar Pumping station designed by Resource Solar - the new station’s collectors on our roof pre-heats water that is piped to our store's hot water heater, reducing our use of fossil fuelsYesNot Yet
Rain gardenYesNA
Decorative cob (sustainable earthen building material) wallYesNA
To compost trimmings or foliage from direct weeding, a “brown” yard composter was built on the Jenifer St. side of the buildingYesNot Yet
Participant in the Green Wind Power program through MG&EYesYes
Two electric car charging stations in our parking lotsYesYes
No synthetic pesticides or herbicides are used in maintaining the lawns on Co-op property; a vinegar and clove-based herbicide is used around the building’s exterior as needed during the growing seasonYesNA