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Procter & Gamble Breaks New Ground with LEED Commitment

One of the world’s largest manufacturers of personal products has committed to pursuing LEED certification for all new facilities worldwide. Procter & Gamble (P&G) broke ground in February 2011 on the first site for which it will seek a LEED rating—a manufacturing plant in Taicang, Jiangsu Province, China. According to P&G, its commitment to pursuing LEED will include all new office buildings, research facilities, and manufacturing and distribution centers. Maggie Habib, a spokeswoman for the company, said there were no current plans to pursue LEED certification for existing facilities.

P&G breaks ground on a new facility to be built in Taicang, which will include energy efficiency measures and water and waste management features. The global manufacturing giant has promised to pursue LEED certification for all new facilities.

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The commitment to green building is part of a long-term sustainability plan undertaken by the global company in late 2010 with the help of the World Wildlife Fund and other partners. “LEED certified green buildings contribute to saving energy, water, and money,” said Doug Gatlin, vice president of the U.S. Green Building Council, in a press release. “P&G pursuing LEED certification represents a firm commitment to improving our environment for future generations.”

The facility in Taicang is designed to include rainwater harvesting and steam condensate recovery; photovoltaics to power outdoor lighting; and a waste management plan with a goal of zero waste in landfills. The company says it will pursue additional certifications through other rating systems in countries where LEED is not the standard.

P&G, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, manufactures many well-known brands, including Tide, Pampers, and Gillette.

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Published March 3, 2011

Melton, P. (2011, March 3). Procter & Gamble Breaks New Ground with LEED Commitment. Retrieved from

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