SAN RAMON, Calif., August 11, 2022—In recognition of its continued leadership in sustainability, CooperVision’s contact lens manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica has been elevated to the prestigious LEED® Gold status following program recertification from U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and an international symbol of excellence in sustainable design, construction, and operations.
The 100,000-square-foot plant—which produces CooperVision’s popular clariti® 1 day family of silicone hydrogel contact lenses—previously achieved LEED Silver certification in 2019. It excelled in LEED evaluation categories including energy, transportation, human experience, and waste reduction.
LEED projects earn points by adhering to prerequisites and credits across nine measurements for building excellence, from integrative design to human health to material use. To elevate the facility from LEED Silver to LEED Gold certification, CooperVision invested in new technology to make the building and its operations even more sustainable. Improvements to the air conditioning system, including the implementation of additional controls for the building’s cooling towers and chillers, have resulted in an increase in electrical efficiency while reducing water consumption.
“With our operations in Costa Rica, we have been committed to excellence in sustainability from day one. Since opening the facility in 2016, our teams in Alajuela have consistently sought opportunities to make an even greater positive impact for our employees, our customers, and the planet,” said Rolando Torres, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing Operations, CooperVision. “Across the company, we approach sustainability as a journey. We proudly celebrate each milestone—like this impressive LEED Gold certification—then raise the bar and set our sights on the next.”
CooperVision’s facilities in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico are believed to be the only LEED certified contact lens manufacturing plants in the world.
“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operated to achieve high performance, improve human health and protect the environment,” said Peter Templeton, president and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, CooperVision is leading the way in its industry and helping USGBC continue towards our goal of green buildings for everyone within this generation.”
CooperVision’s LEED certifications reflect only a portion of its environmental initiatives focused on saving water and conserving energy; reducing, reusing and recycling resources; and empowering people within the company and the communities in which it operates. In 2021, CooperVision pioneered the world’s first plastic neutral contact lenses through a partnership with Plastic Bank®, funding the collection, processing, and reuse of general ocean-bound plastic waste that is equal to the weight of the plastic contained in designated products. The company is continuously working to minimize environmental impact and operate more sustainably around the globe as part of broader efforts across CooperCompanies to contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. For more information, visit coopervision.com/sustainability.
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CooperVision, a division of CooperCompanies (NYSE:COO), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of contact lenses. The company produces a full array of daily disposable, two-week and monthly soft contact lenses that feature advanced materials and optics, and premium rigid gas permeable lenses for orthokeratology and scleral designs. CooperVision has a strong heritage of addressing the toughest vision challenges such as astigmatism, presbyopia, childhood myopia, and highly irregular corneas; and offers the most complete portfolio of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Through a combination of innovative products and focused practitioner support, the company brings a refreshing perspective to the marketplace, creating real advantages for customers and wearers. For more information, visit www.coopervision.com.
CooperCompanies ("Cooper") is a global medical device company publicly traded on the NYSE (NYSE:COO). Cooper operates through two business units, CooperVision and CooperSurgical. CooperVision brings a refreshing perspective on vision care with a commitment to developing a wide range of high-quality products for contact lens wearers and providing focused practitioner support. CooperSurgical is committed to advancing the health of women, babies and families with its diversified portfolio of products and services focusing on medical devices and fertility & genomics. Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., Cooper has a workforce of more than 12,000 with products sold in over 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.coopercos.com.
Heather Kowalczyk, APR, McDougall Communications for CooperVision
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