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Big companies are discovering that going green does not just mean saving trees, but dollar bills, too. By becoming more sustainable, they are increasingly cutting costs and having a positive social impact.Snack company Frito-Lay has recently unveiled one of the greenest manufacturing facilities in the U.S., called the Near Net Zero Facility. Senior Director of Sustainability Al Halverson, who headed the company’s green effort, told The Huffington Post that the company spent 10 years reducing the environmental footprint at their 27-year-old building in Casa Grande, Ariz.The company reduced 50 percent of its greenhouse gases so far as it works toward taking their production facility "off the grid."Halverson said the company has almost reached all of its goals. "We are running the plant on landfill gas. We are burning wood waste in order to generate steam. We send less than one percent of waste to landfills. … We are looking at upgrading our truck fleet. We have two electric trucks currently delivering locally."Where it is economically viable, the company is looking to use this new building as a learning platform for introducing green practices to their other 36 plants around the country.Phillips Lighting has also been working on sustainable projects, and received the 2011 Leader of Change Award by the Foundation for Social Change and the United Nations Office for Partnerships.