UPDATE: Hershey taking going green to a new level

New solar panels at Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Millions of visitors will experience The Hershey Company’s environmental stewardship as a result of new solar arrays and electric vehicle charging stations at the Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction.

“The Hershey Company has a long history of being a good steward of the environment. Caring for the environment is a key element of our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy,” said James George, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Hershey Company. “Bringing this solar power capability to Hershey’s Chocolate World is an example of the many ways we are minimizing our environmental impact and helping to build a better world.”

The company has installed 1,092 solar panels on canopies in the parking lot at Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction, The Hershey Company’s visitor experience in Hershey, Pa., and the most visited corporate visitor’s center in the world.  Hershey’s Chocolate World features Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour® ride, Hershey’s Chocolate Tasting Adventure™ and the Hershey’s Create Your Own Candy Bar attraction, which draw more than three million visitors to the facility each year. In addition, the company has also installed 182 panels on the roof of its Technical Center a few miles away, where the company conducts the research, development and engineering to create new product innovations.

Together, the two solar arrays are expected to generate an estimated 318 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year – 273 MWh at Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction and 45 MWh at the Hershey Technical Center – and will eliminate hundreds of metric tons of greenhouse gases each year.

Hershey has also installed two electric vehicle charging stations at Hershey’s Chocolate World, enabling visitors to recharge their electric vehicles while they enjoy the attractions inside. These are the only public electric vehicle charging facilities currently available in Central Pennsylvania.

Hershey’s Chocolate World has undertaken several initiatives in the past year to reduce its overall energy needs.  These include a low-energy lighting project that replaced lighting in all office and warehouse areas with low energy fixtures and motion sensors with automatic shut-off to reduce energy usage, installing two Smart Chillers that cool the building more efficiently, and achieving negative waste status in 2010 by recycling more waste than the facility sent to the landfill.  Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction will continue to reduce its energy needs this fall by installing a new high-efficiency boiler system.

To reinforce the importance of environmental responsibility and share information about The Hershey Company’s programs, “Green Kiosks” have been installed at the entrance of the Hershey’s Great American ChocolateTour® ride inside Hershey’s Chocolate World.  The kiosks provide visitors with real-time weather and energy information; details about Hershey’s solar project and vehicle charging stations; and information about the company’s fuel, energy, and waste reduction efforts as well as water conservation and sustainable packaging programs.

“As we kick off our summer season at Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction, we are excited to share our environmental story with the millions of guests we will host this year,” said Amy Hahn, Vice President and General Manager, Global Hershey Experience & Licensing.  “Visitors to Hershey’s Chocolate World attraction will have fun learning through interactive and educational kiosks how Hershey has taken steps to lessen its impact on the environment.”

Article excerpted from www.whptv.com


About minesgreencircle

Founded in 2008, the Mines Green Circle is the special Green Environmental Unit of Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotel for “Better Environment, Better Health”. It advocates green practices amongst the personnel of the Palace of the Golden Horses and Mines Wellness Hotels as well as its guests.

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