Texas facility receives certification
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
has awarded Gold Certification to IESI Corporation’s (IESI) material
recovery facility (MRF) in McKinney, Texas.
The IESI MRF is the first privately funded single-stream recycling
facility in North America to receive USGBC’s LEED Gold status.
Developed by the United States Green Building Council in 2000,
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party
certification program that is the nationally accepted benchmark
for the design, construction and operation of high performance
The 28,000 square foot McKinney MRF contains numerous sustainable
features including certified wood, recycled steel, low-flow water
fixtures and energy efficient machinery. Because the facility
utilizes the single-stream process, customers can combine materials
in one large container.
IESI’s McKinney MRF is only one of many of the company’s recent
enhancements to its sustainable initiatives. In September 2009,
IESI obtained LEED Gold certification for its Seneca Meadows
Environmental Education Center in Seneca Falls, New York. This
facility serves as an educational resource for children and adults
by providing nature-based programming. The education center is
adjacent to a thousand-acre wetlands complex acting as an outdoor
recreational area, complete with walking trails, boardwalks and
wildlife overlook stations.