STAMFORD, Conn., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This evening 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.
"Nestle Waters North America is honored to be recognized by the Connecticut Green Building Council for our headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut," said 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:
- 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;
- Preferred parking spaces for low-emission vehicles; and
- High recycled content on furniture, fabrics, countertops, carpet and ceiling tiles.
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. To learn more about the company's sustainability initiatives in the areas of packaging, production, transportation, water use and recycling, click here.
For more information on Nestle Waters North America, visit www.nestle-watersna.com.
About Nestle Waters North America
With 36 years of experience with healthful hydration in the bottled water segment, Nestle Waters has in its portfolio six regional spring water brands in the U.S., three international brands, and Nestle Pure Life, its nationally distributed purified bottled water. Sales for Nestle Waters North America topped $4 billion in 2011. The company's dedication to quality, employee development, seeking to bring shared value to communities, and its commitments to environmental stewardship, especially in the areas of water use, energy and packaging, has led Nestle Waters to the number one bottled water position in the U.S.
SOURCE Nestle Waters North America