Bloomington-based Cook Medical is embracing sustainable energy practices at its headquarters and other facilities around the globe. The life sciences company says it has installed about 3,000 solar panels on the roofs of several buildings at its HQ.
The rooftop project began earlier this year.
The first building to receive the panels was the North American distribution center. The company says the investment will offset more than 1,000 metric tons of CO2 in the first year of use and reduce energy bills by 60%.
“This is important, as the state of Indiana currently relies largely on finite resources like coal and natural gas to fuel the electric grid,” said Erin Kunkel, corporate social responsibility manager at Cook. “Incorporating solar panels and other forms of renewable energy is an important step to reduce Cook’s carbon footprint.”
Cook says it has received the International Standards of Operations (ISO) 14001 certification for several of its global facilities due to environmental and sustainability initiatives it undertook.
The company achieved the certification for its Winston-Salem, North Carolina plant earlier this year. Cook has made a goal of reduce energy consumption at the facility by 10% by 2027. It also pledges to increase recycling by 5% by next year.
“For years, we’ve been making changes to various Cook facilities to make sure we are a responsible community member. As we continue making steps to reduce our carbon footprint, we’re getting products to patients in a way that has less of an impact on the environment,” said Kunkel.