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U.S. Green Building Council Recognizes Bottling Facilities

Submitted by: Nestle Waters North America

Categories: Business Ethics

Posted: Nov 10, 2005 – 11:00 PM EST

 

The nation's first food and beverage facilities to earn Silver LEED Certification
Nestlé Waters North America's new plants are designed and operated for long-term environmental sustainability

Nov. 10 /CSRwire/ - GREENWICH, Connecticut - Environmentally conscious building design and operational features comprising more than two million square feet of five industrial buildings of Nestle Waters North America have been built to earn LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Today, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. Green Building Council recognized one of those bottling facilities, in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, that achieved LEED Silver Certification in 2005.

The LEED certification is an important recognition of "green building" efforts by businesses that incorporate environmentally beneficial elements into construction projects.

Nestlé Waters North America Inc., the U.S leader in the bottled water industry, is among the first generation of business operations in the U.S. to earn the designation. Its plants are, in fact, the first food and beverage facilities in the U.S. to achieve LEED Certification.

"As environmentally conscious design gains momentum for commercial offices, municipal buildings, schools, retail centers and similar buildings, it is noteworthy to see this trend emerging in the industrial sector as well," said Christine Ervin, past president & CEO for the U.S. Green Building Council. "The Nestle Waters' plants are a great example of what businesses can accomplish by promoting superior environmental and economic performance from their own facilities."

Kim Jeffery, chief executive officer for Nestlé Waters North America, added, "We have great enthusiasm for being at the vanguard of this movement and are proud to be among the outstanding recipients of LEED certification. Looking toward the future, as Nestlé Waters builds several additional water bottling plants over the next five years, we are committed to constructing them in a manner that 'supports the environment, the employees who work in our facilities and the communities in which we operate."

Going Green

Nestlé Waters North America stakes the quality of its spring water beverage products on the natural resources of the environment. As Nestlé Waters began plans for its newest factories, it committed to building plants and operational practices that respect the environment today and in the future.

The Ice Mountain facility, which began operations in May 2002, was the company's first facility to be designed in accordance with LEED protocols. The plant, now employing more than 150 people, produces Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water for consumers in the Midwest.

Subsequently, LEED Certification was awarded to plants in California, Texas and Tennessee, each of which earned a Silver rating.

Nestlé Waters' in-house team of architects and engineers was charged with developing a plant designed for economic, environmental and social sustainability. "We approach these plants as an opportunity to build a project that reflects the company values," explained Nghia Tran, design manager for Nestlé "As a company whose business centers on good environmental stewardship, we want to create manufacturing facilities that are consistent with this commitment."

The primary green consultant on theses projects is the GreenTeam, Inc. of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Key green features of the LEED Certified Nestlé Waters bottling facilities include:

  • Water safeguards -- remove toxic substances from storm water runoff
  • Water efficiency -- eliminated need for irrigation system by using native and water conserving plants; using low-flow, water-saving fixtures in bathrooms
  • Constructed wetlands --treat domestic wastewater through natural biologic filtration before the water is recharged to groundwater sources
  • Moveable exterior walls -- designed to deconstruct and be reused to expand the plant. A 250,000 foot expansion is scheduled for 2003
  • Pollution prevention -- parking area is dedicated to bicycle, electric vehicle and car pool users
  • Open space preservation and native plantings -- More than 40 acres of the plant site is protected as natural meadow and forestland
  • Non-toxic building materials and maintenance -- durable, non-toxic materials were selected for the building, with consideration for the materials' life cycle impacts on water
  • Resource efficiencies -- Recycled content building materials (over 50 percent as calculated under LEED) were selected for the building. Approximately 50 percent came from local sources, limiting long-haul transportation
  • Waste reduction -- More than 75 percent of the building construction waste was salvaged or recycled; corrugate, plastic, product pallets and other materials are recycled
  • Minimal impact exterior lighting -- designed to reduce nighttime lighting
  • Indoor environmental quality -- Indoor spaces are enhanced by innovative space design and sophisticated controls that monitor and regulate interior temperature, humidity, lighting and air quality

    LEEDing the Way to a Greener Tomorrow

    Third-party LEED certification is granted to companies whose efforts to provide for long-term sustainability through green building performance meet established criteria. The LEED program emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED recognizes achievements and promotes expertise in green building through a comprehensive system offering project certification, professional accreditation, training and practical resources. More than 800 projects, covering more than 90 million square feet, have registered their intent to apply for certification status.

    The U.S. Green Building Council, a coalition of building industry leaders, educators and government agencies, created the LEED Green Building Rating System™ as a voluntary, market-driven protocol that evaluates environmental performance from a "whole building" perspective. Its purpose is to provide a definitive green standard for buildings. The Council awards different levels of certification based on the total credits earned.

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    U.S. Green Building Council................. www.usgbc.org.
    Nestle Waters North America................ www.nestlewatersnorthamerica.com
    TheGreenTeam,Inc..............................www.thegreenteaminc.com

  • For more information, please contact:

    Jane Lazgin Nestl Waters North America
    Phone: 203-863-0240

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