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Adobe Named a Global Leader in Reducing Environmental Impact

Natural Capital Leader efficiency badge-01In the seventh annual State of Green Business Report 2014, the GreenBiz Group and Trucost introduced the Natural Capital Leaders Index, a first-ever assessment of companies that have successfully grown their revenue while reducing emissions and their use of the earth’s natural resources. After screening more than 4,600 companies, Adobe was recognized as the Natural Capital Efficiency Leader of the technology industry — not just in the US, but the world. We’re thrilled to see Adobe on this list and to be in the company of other industry leaders, such as Sprint, eBay and Ford Motor Company.

We caught up with Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group, who gave us a little more insight into the index and what this will mean for companies now and in the future. He said that “there is a growing recognition among the public that “sustainability” isn’t just about preserving icebergs, rainforests and charismatic megafauna. It is also about public health, community well-being, food security, affordable housing and alleviating poverty… we believe that the Natural Capital Leaders Index developed by Trucost will become a new standard for assessing which companies are truly leaders in sustainability.”

Trucost Natural Capital Leaders Index 2014 (click to enlarge)

Since Adobe was founded, corporate responsibility has been a guiding principle, which has created a company culture that places value on sustainable business practices.

Last fall, we released our 5-year CR Report, highlighting our sustainability efforts and accomplishments to date. Some of the ones we’re most proud of include:

  • Being one of the first companies to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
  • Achieving carbon neutrality at all our owned facilities in North America in 2012 and committing to continued global leadership in operational efficiency and reducing resource consumption.
  • Reaching 100 percent waste diversion from the San Jose headquarters. The building also produced 27 percent of energy onsite with renewable electricity, effectively using the headquarters as a power plant and reducing its dependency on the grid.
  • 70 percent of Adobe’s employees working in LEED certified office space.
  • For the second year in a row, distributing 73 percent of our software electronically in an effort to reduce the need for packaging.

Our employees also play a part in helping Adobe reach its sustainability goals by supporting of our recycling and composting programs, taking advantage of our commuting alternatives and telecommuting policies, and contributing personally by biking to work. Working together, we’re able to make a true impact on decreasing waste in our landfills and reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.

Being selected as the technology industry trailblazer in the Natural Capital Leader Index is validation of our commitment to responsibly managing the environmental impact of our operations. As we continue to grow as a company, we will continue making every effort to ensure our footprint remains small.

US Green Building Council Recognizes Adobe Facilities as Leading in Sustainable Operations

Today at Greenbuild 2012, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green, Adobe announced that its San Jose headquarters, as well as its San Francisco and Seattle buildings, have been re-certified for the second time as some of the greenest facilities in the world. Each building earned Platinum level-status under the LEED-EBOM (Leadership and Environmental Energy and Design – Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance) program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Adobe has been innovating in the LEED green building movement for the past decade. In 2010, Adobe’s San Jose headquarters received the highest score ever awarded by the USGBC at that time. The company now has 22 LEED certifications worldwide, including Beijing and Noida, and 16 certifications at the Platinum level. Our latest re-certification puts us on track to achieve Adobe’s publicly stated goal of NetZero consumption in our United States owned facilities by 2015, which means our buildings will have zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually.

Additionally, Adobe is the first to re-certify its buildings using LEED’s new software system. Adobe was the beta-tester for the system created by Zia for Buildings with the support of USGBC. The system is designed to maintain the ongoing reporting for LEED re-certifications.

To learn more about our green initiatives, visit our Environmental Sustainability page.

LEEDing the way – Adobe Publishes Environmental Sustainability Goals

We’re excited to announce the release of Adobe & Environmental Sustainability – an Adobe CSR Brief, the first in a series of quarterly Adobe Corporate Social Responsibility reports. This quarter’s report focuses on Environmental Sustainability and highlights a few of our ongoing and new environmentally focused goals and initiatives.

  • Achieve Net Zero consumption by 2015 in our United States owned facilities in San Francisco, San Jose and Boston
  • Reduce the amount of product packaging used per unit by 40 percent by 2012, and 80 percent by 2014
  • Expand our employee-led Green Team to all of our 12 major sites globally by 2015

We’re driving to have our U.S. facilities first to achieve NetZero consumption by 2015 because they are completely under Adobe’s control and  have become the standard by which all of our buildings worldwide are measured. We continue to work toward Net Zero at our other facilities worldwide.

As a result of our efforts, Adobe’s facilities in Noida, India were recently awarded LEED-EBOM (Leadership and Environmental Energy and Design – Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance) Silver certification. The 190,000 square foot building is our largest facility outside of North America and our second LEED certified facility outside the U.S.

Visit the Adobe Corporate Social Responsibility Facebook page to learn more.

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