Oct 07, 2011 • By

Swiss research center honored

The Swiss Innovation Center for Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), our breakfast cereal partnership with Nestlé, has gone platinum.

CPW’s international research center in the Swiss city of Orbe is the first industrial facility in Switzerland to earn LEED Platinum status.

LEED is an internationally recognized set of standards for environmentally sustainable construction.

James Tonjes, the global engineering director at General Mills who helped manage the project and LEED certification process, says the CPW innovation center really pushes the envelope of sustainable design to a whole new level. “It truly speaks to General Mills’ and Nestle’s commitment to sustainability,” says James.

Operational in February 2011, the state-of-the-art facility serves as the global research and development hub for CPW.

One of the noteworthy environmental features that helped drive the Platinum certification includes highly efficient, energy-saving elements that drive down energy consumption by more than 30 percent, including back up steam heating generated from coffee ground waste, and the use of alpine snow melt for cooling.

More information about this achievement and the environmental features of this building is detailed in this news release.

The CPW research center joins a growing number of General Mills’ LEED-certified buildings.

Our distribution facility in Social Circle, Ga. is the largest LEED Gold industrial building in the U.S. and the second-largest in the world.

Our Basset Creek building – next door to our headquarters office in Minneapolis – also got a “green” light from the U.S. Green Building Council last year. The facility is the first of our buildings to achieve LEED certification for an existing structure.

Editor’s note: The photo of the the Swiss Innovation Center for Cereal Partners Worldwide is from Pierre Boss.