Taylor Farms has more than 18 acres of solar power arrays at its facilities. ( Courtesy Taylor Farms )

Taylor Farms, Salinas, Calif., is reporting a year-over-year reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 12,190 metric tons in 2018 — 94% more than in the previous year.

The Salinas, Calif., company has reduced its carbon footprint through renewable and alternative energy sources at its facilities nationwide, including solar, wind, fuel cells and cogeneration, according to a news release.

The company reported the energy initiatives on Earth Day, April 22, highlighting other programs such as water efficient wash tanks, food waste diversion, recycling and education programs.

“It’s very exciting to be see this amount of positive environmental impact growth within one
year,” Nicole Flewell, director of sustainability, said in the release. “There’s so much enthusiasm
internally with our team members and externally with our partners, customers and consumers
around our environmental sustainability initiatives.”

The company has achieved TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Platinum Zero Waste Certification, diverting 94% of materials from the landfill, incinerators and the environment, according to the release.

Taylor Farms’ clean energy projects include:

  • Solar arrays at facilities in Gonzales, Salinas, and Tracy, Calif.; Smyrna, Tenn.; and Dallas, for a total of more than 18 acres; and
  • Wind turbines and cogeneration plant at the Gonzales facility, which with solar power offsets the facility’s energy use by more than 90%.

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