Hy-Vee Store Director Randy Mencke featured on KRUU-FM’s ‘Dream Green’ series airing this Thursday at 7pm

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2011

Media Contact: James Moore at (641) 233-1617 

Fairfield Hy-Vee store director Randy Mencke is featured on KRUU-FMs Dream Green radio series Thursday, June 24th at 7pm (rebroadcast Monday, June 27th at 7am). Series co-hosts Stuart Tanner & James Moore interview Mencke at the new 64,000-square-foot building in Fairfield. The store is the company’s second store built in accordance with LEED® standards. The first opened in Madison, WI last year.


Hy-Vee intends to seek LEED® certification for the new Fairfield store. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance “green” buildings.


Mencke says the Fairfield Hy-Vee store has created “an additional 125 jobs with an investment of more than $13 million to the Fairfield local economy.” Thursday’s program also features interviews with Hy-Vee’s Des Moines-based corporate sustainability management team, including Mike Smith, Director of real estate and sustainability, Jon Skanlan, Director of refrigeration & energy management, Jeff Markey, Assistant Vice President of engineering and construction, and Daniel Willrich, Assistant Director of store architecture.


According to Tanner, If the business world really is to turn green and become sustainable, one of the things that needs to happen is that businesses institute sustainable practices because they see the economic sense in it—not because it has any publicity value, but because it saves money and secures future supplies. Fairfield’s new Hy-Vee is a prime example of this and it’s compelling to hear the thinking of the team in charge of creating a sustainable future for the Hy-Vee stores in our region.'


The Dream Green series highlights Iowa's green innovators, best practices, cutting edge projects, and communities leading the way in the field of sustainability and energy efficiency. Follow the journey at www.greeniowa.org or listen live at KRUU-FM Thursdays at 7pm with rebroadcasts Monday at 7am. Archives and transcripts available.



Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is co-chair of the Media & Communications Dept at Maharishi University of Management. James Moore is co-founder of KRUU and managing director since its inception in 2006. He serves on adjunct faculty at MUM teaching Radio & Web Broadcasting.


The series is being released under a creative commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.


KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.”


KRUU features 80 locally-produced programs a week broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area and streaming online at www.kruufm.com. The Dream Green website is www.greeniowa.org.