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Nestlé Waters reduces the carbon footprint
Nestlé Waters – Cabazon, California. There’s a new sliver of green for Nestlé Waters North America’s bottling operation in Cabazon. Two wind turbines have been assembled on the grounds over the past few weeks — as part of a plan by Nestlé Waters to integrate alternative energy into its bottling and distribution plants. The turbines will provide energy for a portion of the plant to offset energy costs, the rest of the energy generated by the turbines will go back to the power grid. Nestlé Waters North America, based in Stamford, Conn., has a record of setting trends in renewable energy. The Cabazon plant, a 390,000-square-foot facility, achieved a Silver LEED certificate in 2004, making it one of the first food manufacturing facilities in the nation to earn the distinction.
LEED refers to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating. Several other Nestlé Waters plants achieved LEED status since that time. In 2011, Nestlé Waters hired Michael Washburn, a former USDA Forest Service adviser, for the newly created director of sustainability position. His priorities included finding ways to increase consumer recycling and to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint through solar energy and wind power. That year, Nestlé Waters’ corporate headquarters received LEED Gold certification. The company reported that its LEED buildings had reduced energy use since 2002 by 1.5 million kilowatt hours, carbon emissions by 2.1 million pounds and water use by 9 million gallons.