“It’s only through the efforts of our associates and business partners that we were able to retrofit this nearly 30-year-old-building and make it more environmentally friendly,” said Allen Moore, technical manager, Frito-Lay Topeka. “Achieving LEED EB Gold standards is another significant step on our company’s sustainability journey, and solidifies our place as a leader in Kansas and in the U.S.
“With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC’s vision of a sustainably-built environment within a generation,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO &Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Frito-Lay Topeka is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement.”
To achieve LEED EB Certification, the company’s Topeka sustainability strategy included implementing a number of green design and construction features, water reduction technologies and practices, as well as improved waste management.
Energy reduction: The Topeka facility has reduced its natural gas consumption by 39% per pound of product and its electricity use by 27% per pound of product since 1999 by installing new technologies such as high-efficiency oven burners and new lighting systems with sensors to turn off lights when rooms are not in use.
Water reduction: The facility has reduced its water consumption by nearly 52% per pound of product since 1999 by implementing new operations and sanitation practices, and piloting a company-wide initiative to reduce water used in its corn cooking and transfer process.
Recycling: As of September 2009, less than 1% of the facility’s solid waste goes to landfill. The site achieved this milestone through many initiatives including an employee-led recycling program, reusing cardboard shipping boxes multiple times, and allocating waste product for use in animal feed.
Frito-Lay Topeka produces Lay’s potato chips, Fritos corn chips, Tostitos tortilla chips, Doritos tortilla chips, and Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks.
Frito-Lay Topeka continues to invest in leading edge technologies that will eventually reduce its environmental footprint, such as a biomass boiler that will come online later this year.