Testa Produce Inc. has taken steps to become a sustainable and environmental leader in the foodservice industry, and those efforts were recognized when Peter Testa, president, was one of three recipients of the Environmental Leadership Award at the ninth annual Illinois Environmental Council dinner, held Sept. 21.
According to a Testa Produce press release, several representatives involved with sustainability movements in the city of Chicago, Cook County and the state of Illinois were also in attendance. Illinois state Sens. Toi Hutchinson and Suzi Schmidt were presented with awards for their dedication to sustainable practices. The ongoing efforts of the award recipients and collaboration of dedicated parties have helped increase sustainability awareness in Chicago, the IEC said.
Mr. Testa was recognized for his efforts to open one of the more sustainable produce distribution facilities in Chicago. The company’s new 91,000-square-foot facility features a 238-foot wind turbine, extensive water-management system, solar power for both energy and hot water generation, barreled green roof, energy-efficient lighting, hybrid transportation and numerous other green characteristics. It is through these state-of-the-art details that Testa Produce plans to gain the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest available LEED rating, a Platinum certification.