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Sonoma Market Green Gurus Team Sustainability at Sonoma Market

Sustainability at Sonoma Market

Extraordinary Sustainability

Here at Sonoma Market, we’re committed to working towards a greener, more sustainable future every day, in every store. With the help of our Sustainability Coordinator and Green Guru Team, we’re constantly improving our environmental impact through eco-friendly actions like reducing water and energy usage, recycling, diverting food waste, donating to local nonprofits and more. It’s not always easy being green, but it sure is worth it!

Our Commitment to Sustainability

We are a family business serving our guests, each other and our Earth. We are committed to being leaders of sustainability in our industry with a focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality.

Environmental Stewardship: Taking care of the planet

With every action we take, we aim to ensure the resilience and sustainability of our ecosystems by reducing our environmental footprint and sourcing sustainable products for our guests.

Social Responsibility: Taking care of people

One of our core values at Sonoma Market is to Respect, Appreciate and Value Everyone (RAVE). This means taking care of our guests, associates, communities and producers.

Economic Vitality: Taking care of business (sustainably speaking)

We’re dedicated to being good stewards of our resources, supporting local growers and producers and partnering with companies who share our values for sustainability.

Almost every act of sustainability falls into more than one of these categories, as all three pillars are connected and work together to create a better future.

Sonoma Market Green Gurus Team

Green Gurus

At Sonoma Market, we are committed to serving our guests, each other, and our Earth. That’s why we’ve started our Green Guru program, forming a team of sustainability specialists in our stores to help us achieve our environmental goals. Nugget Market, Inc.’s Sustainability Coordinator and Green Gurus oversee our company-wide sustainability program, ensuring that we’re on the cutting edge in the food industry when it comes to sustainability.


Nugget Market, Inc. is committed to being a leader in our industry, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our sustainability initiatives. We’ve increased our focus on environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic vitality, resulting in enormous improvements company-wide.

In 2018, we made huge strides in reducing our waste and limiting our resource consumption. Here’s how we’ve done so far:

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2019 Diversion Tonnage

Roughly 5,300 tons—that’s more than double what we send to the landfill. This number includes food waste, meat rendering, oil, recycling, cardboard bailing and food donations.

Annual Landfill Tonnage

Amount of waste that goes into the landfill (in tons)

  • 2014 100% 2,996
  • 2015 -23% 2,318
  • 2016 -17% 1,935
  • 2017 12% 2,167
  • 2018 -16% 1,822
  • 2019 -16% 2,123

Current Diversion Rate

Percent of waste leaving our stores to be recycled


The EPA defines Zero-Waste as a 90% diversion rate, so we are well on our way to achieving that goal!

Landfill Rate Percent of waste leaving our stores and ending up in the landfill

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2019 Water Consumption

In the last six years, we have decreased our water use by 9 percent and saved 3.9 million gallons of water. Our goal is an additional 3% decrease each year!

Total water consumption for all locations (in million gallons)

  • 2014 100% 44.5
  • 2015 -23% 31
  • 2016 -17% 41.4
  • 2017 12% 41.8
  • 2018 -16% 40.9
  • 2019 -16% 40.7

Energy Consumption

Total energy consumption for all locations (in million kWh)

  • 2015   29.97
  • 2016   29.99
  • 2017   23.85
  • 2018   27.86
  • 2019   28.6
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Annual Cardboard Tonnage

2,200 tons: Amount of cardboard per year since 2014 (in tons)

Keeping it Green

    1. sustainability and recycling symbols on green background

      Extraordinary Sustainability: All About Recycling, Part 2

      Is it recyclable? This is the question on many of our minds, but the answer is not as simple as yes or no. Undoubtedly, the item is recyclable, but there are a host of competing factors that make this a very complex question. Due to the expensive nature of land and regulating air and water quality, the question then becomes: Can someone make money by recycling this? 

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    2. Brian Wagner on a bicycle by golden gate bridge

      Extraordinary Sustainability: We're Your Local Bike-Friendly Market!

      Did you know Nugget Markets is a certified Bicycle-Friendly Business? Our Woodland Nugget Markets, Food 4 Less Woodland and both Nugget Markets in Davis hold this certification! We received this certification in part because of the feedback we received from you, our community members—thank you! It’s also due to our stores being easily accessible from safe bike routes, providing numerous safe bike racks and including cycling in our Nugget Markets Extraordinary Vision of Sustainability.

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    3. flowers growing at full belly farm

      Happy 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

      Earth Day 2020 will definitely be one to remember. Even if you need to celebrate the planet indoors, we’ve got good news. The shelter in place orders have actually contributed to one of the cleanest Earth Days ever! Let us help you celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a few great tips.

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