Published online: Apr 21, 2010
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PepsiCo's Frito-Lay Topeka, Kan., facility recently became the state's first manufacturing site, and the nation's second food manufacturing site, to be awarded LEED Existing Building (EB) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

To achieve LEED EB Certification, the company's Topeka sustainability strategy included implementing a number of green design and construction features, water reduction technologies and practices, as well as improved waste management.

Frito-Lay Topeka has been a part of the Shawnee County community for nearly 30 years. The nearly 600,000 square-foot building sits on 188 acres of land. Frito-Lay Topeka produces some of America's favorite snacks, including Lay's potato chips.