CHICAGO — The U.S. Green Building Council has given the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company’s Global Innovation Center in Chicago LEED Gold certification.

"Improving our environmental profile within Chicago and around the world is the right thing to do for our business, our associates and our communities," said Dushan Petrovich, president. "We are proud of the work we’ve done to earn LEED Gold certification for our Global Innovation Center. As a company with a commitment to Chicago, we are excited to contribute to the city’s vision to make our community more environmentally sustainable."

Some of the features the innovation center has included since it opened in 2005 are an open work environment with a Winter Garden featuring 25 different plant species from four continents; a recycling program that recycles and reuses building waste; a "green roof" that helps control heating and air-conditioning costs; and flexible office space and laboratories designed to allow areas to be reconfigured with little or no additional construction.

Additionally, the company has taken other sustainable efforts at the innovation center, including working to reduce water usage by 40% annually during the last two years and reducing energy use by 10% during the last year.

"Obtaining LEED Gold certification of the Global Innovation Center is just one example of Wrigley’s global commitment to sustainability," said Julia Tuthill Mulligan, managing director of global sustainability. "We have a strong foundation of operating as an environmentally responsible company already. And we will continue to weave sound environmental, social and economic practices into our business practices so we are doing what’s right for the world we live in now and for future generations."