Laura Chenel’s Chèvre is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for our new Sonoma creamery, completed in 2011. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the USGBC’s rating system for the design and construction of energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. Laura Chenel’s Chèvre is considered to be the first cheese production facility awarded Gold, the second-highest of LEED’s four levels of certification. Gold certification for the creamery is based on green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community for water efficiency, energy use, lighting, waste treatment, materials and design specific to sustainable strategies. We’ve pioneered energy efficiency technology in our Sonoma creamery that ensures the quality of our cheese, the safety and comfort of our employees and our overall cost efficiencies.
- Spent 16 successful years in the historic Stornetta Dairy.
- Relocated from Ridley Street, Santa Rosa in 1993 to Stornetta location
- Decided to build new facility due lack of space and lease termination at the Stornetta location.
- Current building took two years to build and opened in 2011.
- The Laura Chenel brand’s association with Sonoma County was very important to the new owners and the decision was made to build in Sonoma – close to the Stornetta location.
- In 2013, we were awarded LEED Gold status for energy efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). We were the first creamery in the US to receive this distinction.
- Nearly all electricity in the plant is supplied by solar power
- All water is recycled. Lowered water usage by 65%.