Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has received Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold recertification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the buildings at its 76-acre campus in Naperville, Ill., the headquarters of its Nalco Water and Process Services business.
LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED-certified buildings have programs and features that save money and resources, and have a positive impact on the health of occupants while promoting renewable, clean energy.
“We help our customers operate sustainably, and we share their commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Christophe Beck, Ecolab executive vice president and president, Nalco Water and Process Services. “We are proud of our LEED Gold recertification and will continue to further enhance our operations in the future.”
Ecolab’s Naperville campus was first certified LEED Gold in 2010. Constructed in 1985, the campus includes 417,500 square feet of space for more than 1,000 employees, primarily in business and research, development and engineering roles. An on-site district energy building produces the steam, chilled water and electricity used throughout the campus.
“Ecolab’s LEED Gold recertification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity for companies to respond to the most-important challenges of our time and become a driving force in the green building movement. By incorporating innovative sustainable practices, Ecolab will positively impact their employees, the environment and their bottom line.”
To achieve LEED recertification, Ecolab implemented several building enhancements, including a new building management system, converted more than three acres of land from manicured lawn to meadowland and increased compost participation to decrease landfill waste.