Green Building & Sustainable Development
USANA Celebrates New Earth-Friendly Building and Xeriscaping
USANA Health Sciences held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its new, earth-friendly building and grounds at its headquarters in West Valley City, Utah.
USANA's recent expansion includes a new, environmentally friendly 75,000-square-foot office tower and a three-level parking structure. An 84,000-square-foot addition to the company's warehouse and manufacturing area is slated for completion in early 2008. USANA will install solar panels on its new buildings that will provide power for two floors of the corporate office and the entire parking terrace.
A major part of the construction project included xeriscape landscaping, for which grass around USANA's 3.25 acres of property was replaced with rocks, mulch, trees, soil, low-water plants, walking trails and a sand volleyball court. USANA estimates the xeriscaping project will save approximately 750,000 gallons of water a year.
The solar panels and xeriscaping initiatives are part of the company's new USANAgreen program, which is aimed at helping USANA cut waste, increase efficiency and lessen its impact on the environment. "USANA recognizes that human health and environmental health go hand in hand," USANA
President Dave Wentz explained. "As a manufacturer of health and nutrition products, we have a responsibility to protect, preserve and promote the integrity of our environment."
- USANA is an EPA Green Power Partner. The EPA recognizes efforts of organizations to reduce the risk of climate change through green power purchase.
- USANA is a Visionary Partner with Rocky Mountain Power. USANA purchases 750 blocks of wind energy a month reducing 800 tons of C02 emissions in the air, the equivalent of not driving 1,928,250 miles, or planting 176,775 trees a year.
- By the end of 2007, USANA is expected to receive a silver certificate with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings.
- After solar panels are installed on the new addition to the building, USANA will be able to generate enough power to provide energy for two floors of the corporate office and power for the entire parking terrace.
- The xeriscaping surrounding USANA's property will save approximately 750,000 gallons of water a year.
- USANA has encouraged a "paperless" environment, utilizing Web conferencing, e-mail, and other technology to allow employees to run paperless meetings.
- Employees who drive "greener" low-emission vehicles receive incentives including preferred parking spaces. Employees who carpool get premium parking spots close to the building.
- Blue recycle paper bins have been placed throughout the building, including next to every three cubicles, to collect paper, magazines, newspapers, and small non-corrugated cardboard. In the last six months, recycled materials from these bins have generated enough insulation to heat two and a half Utah homes.
- USANA participates with CINTAS, a document shredding and storage company. Since 2004, the CINTAS partnership has recycled enough paper to save 22,813 gallons of water, 1,270 trees and 224 cubic yards of landfill space.
- USANA employees are encouraged to educate themselves on the importance of recycling through a series of online trainings. Bins have been placed in break rooms, where employees can drop clear and/or green glass, plastic and aluminum cans that will later be recycled.
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