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January 2007

Nestle bottling facility earns green building award

The Nestle Waters North America Inc. bottling facility located in Madison County, Florida has become the first manufacturing facility in the State of Florida to be awarded the Silver Certification under the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.

When Nestle Waters began plans for its newest facilities, the company committed to construction and operational practices that respect the environment, conserve resources and create the smallest "footprint" possible. The LEED program provides standards by which this commitment can be measured and quantified.

According to Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Inc., achieving the green building standards at its facilities was difficult, but the decision to do so was not.

Some of the environmental highlights of the Nestle Waters Madison Bottling Facility included:

  • Recycling of more than 75 percent of construction waste materials;
  • Use of 50 percent of wood from sustainably managed forests;
  • Use of natural light in all critical viewing areas;
  • Landscaping with vegetation native to northern Florida.

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