LINCOLN, NEB. – Certified Piedmontese has signed a deal to use a large swath of central Nebraska ranchlands for solar energy production. The Lincoln, Neb.-based beef company is committed not only to raising cattle sustainably, but also to the stewardship of its regional natural resources in Nebraska.

In addition, Certified Piedmontese has rolled out new and more environmentally friendly packaging using cardboard that customers can recycle or burn. The packaging initiative includes green foam insulation easily disposed of by burning, recycling or simply put under warm water to melt away. These are the company’s newest stewardship and sustainability initiatives.

Certified Piedmontese cattle never receive antibiotics, hormones, animal by-products or steroids and live on family ranches in the Midwest, free to roam in the natural surroundings. The production practices ensure traceability, environmental sustainability and humane animal handling.

The new Certified Piedmontese headquarters, located in Lincoln, is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Gold in its energy and efficiency rating. This certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.