This year, the contenders were so well represented and loved, that we're introducing our very first co-Green Plants of the Year.
Back in June, we whittled the nominations down to two: Kraft Heinz's Planters facility in Fort Smith, Ark., and Tasteful Selections, a potato processor in Arvin, Calif. We asked them for 200-word essays to help familiarize you with their efforts. Then we put both essays and a poll on our website during July, and 899 of you voted. (Thank you!)
This year's co-honorees join our previous winners: Campbell Soup-Napoleon, Ohio (2014); Anheuser-Busch-Fairfield, Calif. (2013); Hormel-Dubuque, Iowa (2012), ConAgra Foods’ Lamb Weston sweet potato facility in Delhi, La. (2011), and the 2010 honoree, Kettle Foods’ Beloit, Wis., plant.
- Is it energy efficient?
- Does it use innovative or alternative sources of energy?
- It is minimally polluting?
- Does it minimize water use?
- Were green building materials and practices used in its construction?
- Is the design innovative?
- Is it economically sustainable?