Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), the world’s largest nonalcoholic beverage bottler, is now the proud owner of a LEED certified property. The company’s Coachella Sales Center in California earned LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Green building measures are just one of the many sustainability efforts that CCE is pursuing as part of the CRS Commitment 2020 program.

Terry Fitch, vice president and general manager of CCE’s West Business Unit praised the certification. “The LEED Gold certification of the Coachella Sales Center represents positive progress toward our goal of improving the sustainability of our operations and to playing a positive role in the communities in which we live and work. This recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council is further acknowledgement of coca-Cola Enterprises’ continued commitment to energy conservation throughout our operations.” Source: CCE

Several sustainable construction and design measures were needed in order to achieve LEED Gold certification, the second highest level of certification offered with the LEED rating systems. The 60,000 square foot building includes solar panels to provide onsite renewable energy, the use of native plants for landscaping, several water conservation devices, a cool roofing project, a 100 percent stormwater retention system, and a comprehensive recycling program.

CCE and its employees have a strong commitment to recycling company wide. Last October I had the opportunity to participate in a virtual facility tour of CCE’s Bellevue, Washington facility. The recycling program put in place at the Bellevue facility allows CCE to recycle more than 99 percent of its internal waste. The facility also employs several energy efficiency and water conservation efforts.

While the Coachella Sales Center is the first LEED certified CCE facility, it is not the company’s first journey into sustainability. CCE’s Commitment 2020 program helps detail how Coca-Cola Enterprises is working to reduce its environmental footprint and the LEED certification is just one part of the puzzle.

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