(Sept. 26) While it “ain’t easy being green,” some retailers are taking action to reduce their dent in the environment.

Scarborough, Maine-based Hannaford Bros. Co. announced in mid-September it plans to build its first “green” supermarket in the Maine capital of Augusta.

The 49,000-square-foot store is planned to have, according to a company news release, solar panels, a green roof with vegetation, geothermal heating and cooling, high efficiency refrigeration, energy efficient lighting and an advanced recycling program.

The company plans to pursue platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

Several other retailers have announced LEED certification, including Tesco USA, El Segundo, Calif. The company, a division of the United Kingdom’s largest retailer, plans to open its first Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores in Nevada, California and Arizona this fall.

Tesco plans to equip its Fresh & Easy stores with skylights with overhead lights that dim automatically, increased insulation, night shades on refrigeration cases to keep cool air from escaping, hybrid car parking spaces and bike racks for customer and employees, in-store recycling, a secondary loop system on refrigeration cases to capture and reuse cool air and a LED lighting system in external signs and freezer cases, according to a news release.

“Designing green buildings makes sense,” said president and chief executive officer Tim Mason, in a news release. “When we sat down to design Fresh & Easy stores, one of our first considerations was to make sure they were sustainable.”

Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets Inc. also plans to pursue LEED certification for its Greenwise platform stores.

Whole Foods Markets Inc. has long had environmentally friendly practices in its stores.

For its New York City store in the Lower Eastside that opened in March, the Austin, Texas-based retailer used many types of environmentally friendly building products, such as recycled steel and gypsum board in the walls, concrete made with fly ash, recycled glass and tiles, recycled barn wood for produce bins, bamboo tables, green-conscious Marmoleum floors and paint low in volatile organic compounds.

The company, according to its Web site, also is using flow sensors to reduce water use and minimizes waste through composting and contributing to local food banks.

Not to be outdone, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Inc. launched its first solar-powered store in Dublin, Calif., in mid-September. More are planned, said Joe Pettus, Safeway senior vice president of fuel and energy, at a news conference announcing the store.

“Safeway is taking its green-power initiative to the next level as we identify additional California store locations for its solar program,” Pettus said. “The investment in renewable energy, both solar and wind, makes sense for both the environment and our company.”