Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Frito-Lay

Frito-Lay

Frito-Lay in Vancouver was one of the first-ever Clark County Green Businesses and earned their green recognition in 2011. PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 company, owns Frito-Lay and requires their environmental performance to go beyond regulatory requirements, and Frito-Lay has responded with praiseworthy results that exceed corporate mandates and Clark County's Green Business standards. 

Vancouver Frito-Lay's "green team" consists of over 30 employees who regularly volunteer their time to ensure that their sustainable business initiatives continue to thrive. Frito-Lay has a "zero landfill" goal, and since adopting the goal, the green team has worked hard to make sure that less than 1% of the waste generated each year is diverted from landfill disposal. They are currently working to meet that goal for 2016. 

The green team is also focused on energy and water efficiency. The plant already has LED lighting throughout, and Frito-Lay is currently installing LED lights in the outdoor light fixtures. A recent water study revealed ways the plant could use water more efficiently and as a result, older CIP (clean-in-place) nozzles were replaced with new nozzles to conserve water. 

Frito-Lay keeps momentum going for their sustainability projects by providing employees with information and trainings on environmentally sustainable business practices and green team goals. Katy Paradee, the Vancouver plant's Environmental Coordinator, said that Frito-Lay values input from employees, and "it is everyone's responsibility to run our company sustainably." Employee input regarding the functionality of sustainable practices helps to revise these environmental policies. Ensuring environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices is a focus for Katy and the company as a whole.

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