Energy Star Awarded To Green Warehouse

Could you save $210,000 annually just by changing the lights? Probably not–but Verallia North America did, saving significant amounts of energy and cash simply by switching to energy efficient lighting at its Northern California warehouse facility. For this feat, the company has been recognized with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star Award.

In the EPA’s National Energy Performance Rating System, this Fairfield, California, distribution center scored of 98 out of a possible 100 points, placing it in the top two percent of warehouses nationwide in terms of efficiency. The lighting upgrade was part of a company-wide sustainability initiative which first gained EPA recognition in 2009 and again in 2010 with a Partner of the Year Award. To date, Verallia is the first and only glass container manufacturer to earn this honor for its energy conservation efforts.

Verallia North America warehouse

image via Environmental Protection Agency

The Fairfield, California, facility is a distribution center built primarily to serve the bottling and distribution needs of Northern California’s food and wine industries (the world-famous vineyards of neighboring Napa and Sonoma in particular). Most of the energy consumed by the facility is lighting, which operates around the clock in this 24 hour, five-day-a-week center, home to 64 loading docks, 10,000 square feet of office space, and more than 1 million square feet of storage and warehouse space.

By installing high-efficiency lighting throughout the building, the EPA reports that Verallia was able to reduce its carbon foot-print by 1,077 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually, the equivalent of 2,505 barrels of oil.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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