Sheetz Shwellness Center Earns Gold LEED Certification

Will celebrate Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design honor on Earth Day

Sheetz Shwellness Center (CSP Daily News / Convenience Store Petroleum)

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Convenience store retailer Sheetz Inc. will formally accept the gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design(LEED) program for the environmentally responsible design of its Sheetz Center for Shwellness in Claysburg, Pa., on April 22, kicking off a daylong Earth Day celebration for Sheetz employees.

The gold certification is the second-highest level attainable.

Joe Sheetz, president and CEO of Sheetz, and Mike Schiller, executive director of the Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh chapter of USGBC, will headline the event.

"Meeting the gold level of LEED accreditation is an accomplishment we're quite proud of at Sheetz," said Joe Sheetz. "Our in-house architects, designers and builders worked with talented partners to develop the plans and construct the facility to satisfy the guidelines of this program. Recognition from the USBGC with their gold certification is further evidence of our commitment to be environmentally responsible."

Opened in 2012, the 11,000-square-foot Sheetz Center for Shwellness became Blair County's first LEED-certified building, meaning it meets strict environmentally friendly criteria in its design, construction and operation as a truly "green" facility. The Sheetz Center for Shwellness is a complete health, fitness and learning facility that serves as a hub for wellness outreach to the more than 15,500 Sheetz employees across the company's six-state operating area.

The Sheetz Annual Earth Day celebration for Sheetz employees will continue immediately following the acceptance ceremony.

"Our annual Earth Day event has grown in size and popularity with our employees," said Sheetz. "We look forward to this day and encourage the Sheetz workforce from our distribution center, warehouse and Sheetz Bros. Kitchen in Claysburg, as well as our corporate office staff and CLI Transport team in Altoona to get out, get some fresh air, enjoy themselves, and learn about ways they can make a difference with the footprint they leave in their community."

Click here to view the USBGC's LEED Scorecard for the Sheetz facility. And click here for more details on the Sheetz Center for Shwellness.

Activities for the day include Sheetz Adopt-A-Highway and community garden signup; Shwellness fitness challenge;; home energy audit information; Penn State's Enactus team and master gardeners information and tips; Blair County Conservation tree sapling giveaways and displays about Rain Barrel Gardens; Care 4 Creation Garden Plot information; Eaton electric car charger and Chevy Volt display; Shaver's Creek Environmental Center Birds of Prey Exhibit; fly tying demonstrations; representatives from the Inter-municipal Relations Committee Council of Governments Recycling & Composting in Blair County, Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, Rails to Trails of Central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Game Commission.

It also includes chair massages; overnight resort giveaways; rock climbing wall; and other fun and games, drawings and freebies, as well as drinks from the Sheetz Bros. Coffeez truck, snacks and lunch.

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz, with more than $6.6 billion in revenue for 2013, operates more than 470 c-stores throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina. It offers a menu of Made-To-Order (MTO) subs, sandwiches and salads, ordered through unique touchscreen orderpoint terminals. Sheetz currently ranks Mo. 87 on Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and on the Best Places to Work list in Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia and has been on that list in Pennsylvania for 12 consecutive years. All Sheetz convenience restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Part of CSP's 2014 Convenience Top 101 retailers