Our Steps to Save Water



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Began recovering the starch left in the water after washing potato slices to keep that water from having to be treated by cities’ waste water systems. We now recover 64 million pounds of starch per year. (1979)


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Green Teams of employees assembled to ensure a high level of environmental compliance and awareness at each plant. (1993)


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Set 10-year resource conservation “BHAGs” (Big Hairy Audacious Goals): reduce water consumption by 50% per pound of production, natural gas by 30%, and electricity by 25%. (1999)


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Began recycling the water used to make potato chips. As a result of these efforts, we saved more than 570 million gallons of water in 2007 alone. (2001)


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Our Rochester, NY distribution center was certified at the LEED Gold level, one of only 50 in the country at the time. (2005)


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Our plant in Jonesboro, AR is named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Environmental Performance Track Program for its superior commitment to continuous environmental improvement. Since 2007, seven other facilities have earned the Performance Track distinction. (2007)


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Began testing technology that captures and condenses the steam emitted when cooking our chips so the water can be reused. (2007)


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Launched the LEED Certification Challenge at our Headquarters in Plano, TX. Employees helped save energy and eliminate waste to earn points toward LEED certification for our Headquarters building. We hope to finalize the certification by Summer 2009. (2008)


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Reset the resource conservation BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) we originally set in 1999. The new goals are to reduce water usage by 75% per pound of production, natural gas by 50%, and electricity by 45% by 2017. (2008)


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Began installing the technology at our plant in Casa Grande, Arizona that will help reduce our fresh water use by up to 90%. (2008)


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Began piloting a program to encourage and equip employees to adopt “personal sustainability practices.” (2009)


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Expect to receive LEED certification for our Headquarters building. (2009)


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We will continue working to find more opportunities to utilize renewable energy, reduce our water usage, and eliminate waste. (TBD)


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