Green Building & Sustainable Development
U.S. Green Building Council Awards Gatorade Facility LEED Gold Environmental Certification
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the Gatorade Thirst Quencher Blue Ridge facility in Wytheville, Virginia, with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designation at a Gold-level certification. At 950,000 square feet, the facility is the largest food and beverage site in the world to achieve this designation.
"By constructing its new manufacturing facilities to LEED standards,
Gatorade and its parent company PepsiCo (PEP) have 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 & Founding Chair, USGBC. "The Gatorade and PepsiCo model is
one we hope other industries will follow."
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted
benchmark for evaluating sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and
atmosphere efficiency, material and resource selection and indoor
"This significant recognition underscores our commitment to
environmental stewardship, which is a core part of PepsiCo's sustainability
vision," said Jim Lynch, senior vice president, supply chain for QTG
(Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade), a division of PepsiCo
. "This achievement is
just the beginning as we continue to keep our environmental commitment on
the forefront and work toward achieving LEED certification at other
Gatorade manufacturing and distribution facilities."
The Gatorade Blue Ridge facility earned this special recognition with
three key accomplishments.
First the USGBC
cited the plant's design which helps drive energy and
environmental optimization. In terms of water, the plant maximizes the use
of supply water and optimizes wastewater treatment efficiency. From an
energy perspective, the facility installed state-of-the-art energy-saving
measures such as high-efficiency boilers, water heaters and HVAC equipment
with calibrated control systems.
The plant also placed a top priority on respect for the ecosystem and
habitat during site planning and development which is a critical element of
sustainability. Half of the facility's 135 acres will be returned to its
natural state to promote biodiversity.
Lastly, the Blue Ridge Plant incorporates a compelling educational
component. More than 20 key LEED components in the facility are prominently
displayed with permanent education posters that tell the story of the LEED
mission and describe specific environmental, economic and social benefits
of the site.
"Our employees are proud to work in a 'green' facility," added Lynch.
The plant design also encourages employees to support the environment
with premiere employee parking for bicycles, carpools and hybrid vehicles.
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