PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America Headquarters Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:08pm EDT

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HQ first existing building in Texas to receive distinction

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North
America today announced its Plano, Texas, headquarters has been awarded LEED®
Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified
by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation's
preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high
performance green buildings.


The Frito-Lay North America headquarters is the only Existing Building (EB) in
the state of Texas, to receive this distinction and one of only 12 corporate
headquarters to receive this distinction nationally.


"There are many challenges to retrofitting a 25-year-old building to meet LEED
EB Gold standards," said George Guck, Director of Facilities and Corporate
Services, Frito-Lay North America. "Bolstered by the commitment of senior
leadership, we completed a thorough analysis of our facility workings and
evaluated new technologies to find strategic sustainable solutions that helped
us meet LEED requirements."


"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC's
vision of a sustainable 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 is an
important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement."


To achieve LEED EB Certification, Frito-Lay's 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:
    --  Solar thermal water heating system uses the sun's light to heat all
the
        hot water in the headquarters building - including the kitchen, dish
        room and fitness center. This one change reduced energy consumption by
        130,000 KWH and eliminated more than 154,000 pounds of greenhouse
gases
        from being emitted into the atmosphere since installation in 2008.
    --  New high efficiency chillers reduce annual energy consumption by
975,000
        KWH and eliminate the use of harmful, ozone-depleting refrigerants.

    --  New lighting control systems, including daylight harvesting, turns off
        indoor lights when there is enough sunlight in the area, saving
266,000
        KWH per year.





Water reduction: Landscaping with native and adaptive plants reduces water
needed for lawn maintenance and impedes soil erosion.  The sustainable organic
maintenance program minimizes environmental impacts from storm water run off.


Recycling: Frito-Lay is the city of Plano's No. 1 recycling customer. More
than 70% of the company's wastes are diverted from the landfill.


Employee Education: Frito-Lay has leveraged its best practices to educate
associates, and they in turn have positively impacted the community at large.
Frito-Lay hosts an annual Eco Fair for its associates to showcase local green
vendors. The information, services and products are resources employees can
take home and to their communities.


U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a
prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and
energy-saving green buildings.


With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member
companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited
Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to
soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency
of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations,
elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.


Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40%
of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making
green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.
Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and
a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5
million American jobs.


LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is
the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green
buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system is the
preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of green
buildings. 35,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED system,
comprising over 5.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states
and 91 countries.


By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families,
businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a
healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.


USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25
years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the
organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy,
standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation. For
more information, visit www.usgbc.org


Frito-Lay North America
Frito-Lay North America is the $12 billion convenient foods business unit of
PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.  In addition to
Frito-Lay, PepsiCo business units include Pepsi-Cola, Quaker Foods, Gatorade
and Tropicana. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site,
http://www.fritolay.com/ , the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on
Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay. PepsiCo offers the world's largest
portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 18 different
product lines that each generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. 
Our main businesses - Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade -
also make hundreds of other nourishing, tasty foods and drinks that bring joy
to our consumers in over 200 countries.  With more than $43 billion in 2008
revenues, PepsiCo employs 198,000 people who are united by our unique
commitment to sustainable growth, called Performance with Purpose.  By
dedicating ourselves to offering a broad array of choices for healthy,
convenient and fun nourishment, reducing our environmental impact, and
fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture, PepsiCo balances strong
financial returns with giving back to our communities worldwide.  For more
information, please visit http://www.pepsico.com.














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