Green Building at Oryana
Oryana Natural Foods Market, a Community-owned Cooperative since 1973, has always been a leader in environmental sustainability. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse” is a motto we live by daily and have from our inception. (Refuse means we say NO to disposable plastics!) As a mission-driven organization, we are committed to providing our customers with high quality products grown or produced in ecologically sound ways. Our commitment to high quality products means we are doing our part keeping toxic chemicals out of the food supply as well as helping to preserve water, soil, and air from chemical contamination, which contributes to a healthier environment both here in our own community and elsewhere.
When it comes to our building that houses all our great products, we can also boast about our “greenness.” For starters, we renovated an old building rather than constructing a new one, and utilized lots of salvaged materials in the process. Our recent addition was designed and built using LEEDS* protocols and utilized green building techniques including recycled materials such as used patio doors that became the windows in our café, recycled gymnasium flooring which is now the paneling along the café walls, and recycled doors for our café tables, just to name a few of the recycled items found throughout the store.
We integrated natural lighting and low flow toilets, as well as low VOC paints, hot water solar panels, and an efficient heating and cooling system and high tech refrigeration saves resources and is saving us money on our electric, heating and cooling bills. Old concrete floors and walls were removed from the old building and are now pavers and benches on our patio. Rainwater is collected from the roof and is used to water the gardens that feature native plants. Our parking lot and driveway base were made from pulverizing existing asphalt.
Our customers can enjoy culinary delights using compostable, reusable or recyclable cups, plates, bowls and cutlery and we partner with Bay Area Recycling for Charities to recycle our cardboard, paper, glass, aluminum and compost. And finally we give a 5% discount to those customers that arrive at our store by alternative means, i.e. bicycle, carpool, etc. as well as providing incentives for folks to reuse their own bags and containers. This is just a snapshot of all that we do here at Oryana. We believe in going the extra mile for our community, our health and our planet’s health.
*In the United States and in a number of other countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly "green."
The LEED green building rating system -- developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington D.C.-based, nonprofit coalition of building industry leaders -- is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and well-being.