What Our Water's Worth is a campaign led by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands to raise awareness about the value of water in northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana.

Coca-Cola saving water, energy through corporate sustainability strategies

WOWW Research Assistant José Boyed (far left) and Emily Cikanek (far right) prepare to get a tour of Coca-Cola's Niles bottling plant, to see firsthand how the company is saving water and energy through a comprehensive corporate sustainability plan. Photo Credit: Emily Cikanek

For more than 125 years, Coca-Cola has been “refreshing the world” with its products, some 3,500 beverages, including its namesake soda as well as more unique offerings such as Andina Juice distributed in Chile and Burn energy drink in Africa. Because water is a major ingredient in nearly every one of the brand’s soft drinks, conserving this natural resource while maintaining exceptional product quality poses a serious challenge. By creating and tracking progress toward a comprehensive set of sustainability goals, which play a critical role in the company’s mission and day-to-day operations, Coca-Cola is rising to the challenge.

Considering the scope of the brand and its worldwide influence – together with its bottling partners, Coca-Cola ranks among the world’s top 10 employers with more than 700,000 employees worldwide, 2,300 of them in Illinois – it’s no easy feat. On a tour of the Niles, Ill., bottling center, What Our Water’s Worth got a first-hand look at the green (and blue) side of this global company.

Read on to learn how Coca-Cola is saving water and energy at its Niles bottling center, and how it's partnering with the community to help Niles residents save water in their homes.

Conservation Tips

May 2012

Illinois American Water (lead sponsor)

Upcoming events

Jun 12 Summer public workshop for the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Sep 11 Fall public workshop for the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor grant program 7:00 PM–9:00 PM

More events »

The WOWW Factor

3 billion

Gallons of water Coca-Cola has saved in the U.S. since 2005 through water efficiency improvements at their facilities.

54.8 billion

The number of liters of water that has been replenished to communities and nature through locally relevant Community Water Partnership projects, representing 35 percent of water used in the company’s finished beverages.


Number of U.S. executives who say their organization has a formal sustainability strategy in place, according to a 2011 KPMG International study, Corporate Sustainability: A progress report. Another 12 percent say they are working on a strategy and an additional 19 percent expect to eventually develop a formal plan.

Become a fan on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

What Our Water's Worth is a monthly e-newsletter. Tell us what you think. Email info@chicagolandh2o.org with feedback in the subject.

To subscribe, visit our website at chicagolandh2o.org.