CooperVision’s contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica has been awarded the silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
The 100,000 sq ft site, which produces the company’s one day silicone hydrogel contact lenses, has been recognised for its environmentally-conscious design and operation.
CooperVision scored highly for energy and water conservation, transportation, waste reduction and human experience.
Initiatives implemented at the building include recovery of organic waste for composting, reducing hot water use, energy and water consumption monitoring and LED illumination.
Senior vice president for American manufacturing operations at CooperVision, Rolando Torres, said: “Our efforts in Costa Rica have a clearly positive effect on employee wellness, health and productivity. They’re appreciated by like-minded customers who see us as partners in their own sustainability initiatives. A green building such as this is a clear way of demonstrating our environmental practices to the community.”
Additionally, CooperVision’s production and packaging facility in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico has received an accolade for the fourth consecutive year from the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority.
The site has reduced its water consumption by 35% since 2015, which has decreased the amount of energy used and the volume of water that goes into the treatment system.
A group of employees (pictured) from the Juana Diaz site also participated in the International Coastal Clean-up project by removing debris along the Tablado Pastillo shoreline.