The U.S. is the world's largest chocolate market. Mars Chocolate North America has set a goal to make their offices and factories "Sustainable in a Generation" and, since 2011, Mars, Incorporated has aimed to achieve LEED Gold certification for all new major buildings globally.
A shining example of this commitment is their state of the art 500,000-square-foot LEED Gold confectionery manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kansas.
One of several of Mars factories to have achieved zero waste to landfill, this facility boasts a wide range of sustainable features, including 100 percent renewable electricity, state-of-the art heat recovery systems, rainwater harvesting for sewage transfer in the office area and for landscape irrigation, low-emitting local and regional materials, and more.
Join us Nov. 16 to hear the sustainable story behind Food Engineering Magazine's 2015 Plant of the Year. M&Ms produced in the plant will of course be served!
- $10 — USGBC members
- $15 — Non-members
- 7:30-8 a.m. — Registration & light breakfast
- 8-9:15 a.m. — Program