Nestle Waters North America (NWNA), the third largest beverage company in the U.S., will receive an Award of Honor from the Connecticut Green Building Council, a chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), for its headquarters in Stamford, Conn., in a ceremony taking place June 21.
"Nestle Waters North America is honored to be recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council for our headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut," says Dennis Julio, national director of real estate and facilities for Nestle Waters, who will accept the award tonight on behalf of the company. "Nestle Waters continually seeks out ways to make our operations more sustainable and our headquarters illustrate that commitment."
In 2003, NWNA was the first food and beverage company in the U.S. to achieve the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its bottling plants. In its 2008 Corporate Citizenship Report, the company pledged to have all newly constructed buildings meet LEED certification.
According to Connecticut Green Building Council, when reviewing nominations, the judges consider water conservation strategies, energy usage, site design, indoor air quality and overall building aesthetics. NWNA's Stamford, Conn., headquarters incorporate many sustainably focused features, including:
- High recycled content on furniture, fabrics, countertops, carpet and ceiling tiles.
- A white roof to reduce use of heating and air conditioning;
- Low energy/high efficiency lighting system and low-flow water fixtures in bathrooms;
- Convenient recycling in logical locations, such as kitchens and coffee bars; and
- Preferred parking spaces for low-emission vehicles;
NWNA currently has 10 LEED-certified facilities covering 3.7 million square feet. The LEED-certified facilities have helped the company divert 22,000 tons of waste material from landfills and reduce energy use by 1.5 million kWh; carbon emissions by 2.1 million pounds; and water use by nine million gallons.
Beyond LEED-certified buildings, the company also works to reduce its environmental footprint by advocating for improved bottle recycling through an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model and preserving more than 14,000 acres of land near its spring water sites.