08 Jul '11, 12am

Testa Produce Walks Sustainability Walk

Testa Produce Walks Sustainability Walk

The people at Testa Produce, Inc. regard their new distribution center as a showcase for sustainable energy and water management practices. A freestanding 238-foot wind turbine stands as a tall foundation block for sustainability planning that is taking place at this Chicago-based plant. However, aside from generating wind and solar power, innovative approaches to water management are seen as critical to the building’s efficient use of energy and resources. Through a multifaceted system, Testa Produce indicates that it expects to achieve a 40 percent reduction this year in total demand for water used in its 91,000 square-foot facility. The company’s water management system includes widespread landscaping – planted on the grounds and on the building’s roof. Called a vegetated roof, it is planted with native and drought-resistant species that require minimal irrigation. The ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/07/07/testa-produce-walks-s...

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