The Nestle Waters North America Inc. bottling facility located in Madison County, Fla., has now become the first manufacturing facility in the State of
Developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED promotes a national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings that protect the environment. LEED certification recognizes innovative building designs that are environmentally responsible business models for energy efficiency and resource conservation. According to the USGBC, it is a significant achievement to receive LEED certification for an industrial facility.
"By constructing its new manufacturing facilities to LEED standards, Nestle Waters has demonstrated a strong commitment to the green building program – and to the long-term goals of conserving energy and protecting the environment," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "The Nestle Waters model is one we hope other industries will follow."
When Nestle Waters began plans for its newest facilities, the company committed to construction and operational practices that respect the environment, conserve resources and create the smallest "footprint" possible. The LEED program provides standards by which this commitment can be measured and quantified.
According to Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Inc., achieving the green building standards at its facilities was difficult, but the decision to do so was not.
"In today's business environment, consumers – and employees – have come to expect more from companies like ours. Gone are the days when we can make gestures toward the environment; our actions have to match our words," he said. "We understood from the beginning that going for LEED certification would mean additional effort and expense, but the payoff is upholding our commitment to environmental integrity in our operations."
Some of the environmental highlights of the Nestle Waters Madison Bottling Facility included:
To achieve one of four possible LEED ratings – Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum – a project must earn a predetermined number of points from a detailed checklist of environmental features. Although the ratings for office structures have been in place since inception of the program, industrial buildings have only recently become LEED certified in the last few years.
The Nestle Waters bottling facility in
In addition, NWNA eliminated 245 million pounds of plastic per year from its bottles over the past decade, and developed clear, light-weight caps to remove over one million pounds of plastic from our waste streams in 2006.