April 04, 2024

Nestlé Health Science Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for Sustainability Efforts

Eau Claire, WI facility honored for exceptional water conservation efforts, saving over 26M gallons of water annually.


HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 4, 2024) – Nestlé Health Science, a global leader in nutritional health and wellness, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Plants initiative as a recipient of the 2024 Better Project Award for outstanding water conservation efforts at the Eau Claire, WI manufacturing facility. 

As part of Nestlé Health Science’s commitment to reducing water use, the Eau Claire factory team implemented a state-of-the-art reverse (RO) osmosis system, saving over 26M gallons of water annually. The manufacturing facility, which contributes to Nestlé Health Science’s B Corp certification, is a global leader in sustainability efforts and produces a variety of medical nutrition products, including tube feeding formulas and nutritional drinks from brands such as BOOST® and Carnation Breakfast Essentials®.

"We are truly honored to receive the 2024 Better Project, Better Plants Award and are inspired by the impact we continue to make through our Eau Claire facility," said Christiane Baker, Director of Sustainability at Nestlé Health Science U.S. "While we take pride in the significant water savings achieved annually and the potential for replication in other facilities, we acknowledge that there is still work to be done to expand and accelerate our positive impact. We eagerly look forward to further innovation as we strive to create a better future for all."

Eau Claire factory

The Better Project and Better Practice awards recognize partners for innovative and industry leading accomplishments in implementing decarbonization, energy and water efficiency, or waste reduction projects/practices.

"Partners in the Better Climate Challenge are industry leaders in energy efficiency and decarbonization. As a winner of a Better Project award, Nestlé Health Science has demonstrated an innovative pathway to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions that other organizations can learn from," said Carolyn Snyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Buildings and Industry at the U.S. Department of Energy.

By saving over 26M gallons of water annually, the factory reduced its carbon footprint by 37 MTCO2e per year, demonstrating the site’s commitment to excellence in sustainability. The reverse osmosis design is also already being replicated at the Nestlé Health Science Savannah, GA manufacturing facility. This best-in-class solution for RO water recovery, with a 90%+ recovery rate, is not only saving 26M gallons of water per year, but it has enabled an investment in two additional manufacturing lines, which increased factory productivity by over 16% and created 60 jobs in the local community.

This recognition marks the second accolade for Nestlé Health Science from the Department of Energy, following their previous recognition in 2022 by the U.S. Department of Energy Better Plants initiative for surpassing their energy reduction goal more than two years ahead of schedule. Eau Claire, along with all Nestlé Health Science factories and sites, is also committed to being powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

About Nestlé Health Science

Nestlé Health Science, a leader in the science of nutrition, is a globally managed business unit of Nestlé. We are committed to redefining the management of health, offering an extensive portfolio of science-based consumer health, medical nutrition, pharmaceutical therapies, and vitamin and supplement brands. Our extensive research network provides the foundation for products that empower healthier lives through nutrition. Headquartered in Switzerland, we have more than 12,000 employees around the world, with products available in more than 140 countries. For more information, please visit www.Nestlehealthscience.com


Better Buildings is an initiative of the U.S. DOE designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Through Better Buildings, DOE partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy-efficient by accelerating investment and sharing successful best practices.


The Better Plants program works with leading U.S. manufacturers and wastewater treatment agencies to set ambitious energy, water, waste, and carbon reduction goals. By partnering with industry, the Better Plants program aims to help leading manufacturers boost efficiency, increase resilience, strengthen economic competitiveness, and reduce their carbon footprint.


Plants Project Néstle