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Nestle Purina Danforth Learning Center

Location: St. Louis, MO

​Size: 56,000 SF​

Green Features:

• A campus-wide lighting project that has reduced energy consumption by 50 percent

• Installation of water-efficient toilets that reduced gallons per flush by 65 percent

• Addition of rain-sensing technology to irrigation systems

• Use of green cleaning products and techniques

• Introduction of single-stream waste recycling, which resulted in nearly 140 tons of material being recycled in 2012

• Continued improvements to the Campus Energy Management Plan

• Purchase of an electric vehicle for headquarters Security Operations

LEED - Gold


Project Info:

Nestlé Purina’s newest building at its U.S. and Latin America Headquarters in St. Louis – the Danforth Center – received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Completed in April 2012, the Danforth Center is Checkerboard Square’s sole LEED-certified structure. The building’s sustainable features – such as sensor-controlled lights and thermal and solar panels – made it worthy of LEED’s second-highest ranking. The Danforth Center’s solar thermal power system partially provides the heating needs of the building, and almost half of the lights also are powered by a solar photovoltaic electric power system.


Two other Nestlé Purina U.S. facilities – an office building at the Oklahoma City factory and the Purina Event Center in Gray Summit, Mo. – have received LEED silver certification. In addition to receiving LEED Gold Certification for its Danforth Center building, Nestlé Purina has earned several other recognitions for its sustainability efforts at its U.S. and Latin America Headquarters in St. Louis, including the highest U.S. government rating, the Energy Star Award, for two buildings on the St. Louis campus; recognition from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for energy reduction progress; and, a “Heroes of the Planet” award from the St. Louis Business Journal.

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