Results tagged “LEED”

Building Healthier Communities

When people talk about green building, they’re usually focused on the environmental impact, such as water, waste and energy efficacy, and aren’t necessarily thinking about how the people working inside or their overall well-being are affected. Today, 68% of Adobe’s square footage is LEED certified — and growing.  As a leader in LEED-certified buildings and as a founding partner of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Building Health Initiative, we’re looking to make the connections between green building workplaces and healthier, more collaborative and creative employees.

Our headquarters’ open spaces feature natural light, clean air, and access to views of San Jose, CA.

Our headquarters’ open spaces feature natural light, clean air, and access to views of San Jose, CA.

The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about the health effects of existing buildings and change the way builders and contractors choose products that are not only better for the environment, but also for our own well-being. As part of the initiative, Adobe has taken the Building Health Challenge – a pledge to promote health and wellness and take actions to catalyze industry change in building healthy places. Our first action is a study that will measure our existing LEED certified workspaces and how they contribute to a more collaborative, creative, innovative and healthy work environment for our employees.

For Adobe, creating “sustainable” workplaces for our employees is a priority.  It’s important to us that our employees come to work each day and feel that working here enables their creativity and collaborating with colleagues is easy. We want our employees to view their workplaces as healthy and that they feel good while working.  A few examples of this are most visible in our open workspaces:

  • Natural light is the dominant lighting source.
  • The air in our buildings is, on average, 10x better than the air outside.
  • It is easier and more efficient to regulate the temperature in an open workspace so our employees are more comfortable.

Studies by Carnegie Mellon, among others, have demonstrated that productivity in green buildings is .4% to 18% higher than in conventional buildings, due to better lighting, cleaner, fresher air, and greater access to daylight and outside views.  And according to the USGBC, a 1% increase in productivity is worth more than the entire cost of utilities for most companies.

We are excited to be a part of this drive towards sustainability and will continue to keep you updated on where our efforts are focused and how we’re progressing.

CDP’s Global 500 Climate Change Report Names Adobe a Sustainability Leader

Adobe was recognized in the CDP 2013 S&P 500 Climate Change Report Sustainability Index as a leader in the Information Technology sector. The climate change report was created to highlight the progress achieved by a portion of the S&P 500 companies in reducing emissions, responding to climate-related risks and opportunities and influencing key stakeholders to manage climate change.

From day-one we’ve been committed to responsibly managing the impact of our operations and to fostering a culture that values this approach to business. We continuously strive to exceed industry certification standards and maximize efficiency with leading edge technology. Being recognized in CDP’s Global 500 Climate Change Report validates that are our environmental efforts in energy conservation, green building and waste reduction are making a difference. As a company in an increasingly energy intensive business, we’re continuously looking for new ways to reduce our energy consumption, stabilize costs, while providing best-in-class workplaces for our employees. Our ultimate goal is for our facilities to produce or offset as much energy as they consume, resulting in Net Zero energy usage. Our energy conservation initiative is, of course, closely tied to our green building effort. We’re proud to be one of the first companies to adopt the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – or LEED – standards.

Adobe achieved carbon neutrality at our owned facilities in North America in 2012 and we aim to achieve global carbon neutrality at all facilities in 2015. To date, 23 of our 17 LEED certified facilities, 58 percent of our global footprint have achieved Platinum level, ranking them among most efficient buildings in the world.  Waste reduction is another area where we’re able to drive significant impact. Seventy-three percent of our licensed products were delivered digitally in 2012, eliminating the need for packaging.

Check out the full CDP Global 500 Climate Change report here, and learn more about our Corporate Responsibility efforts here.

Adobe Earns Its First LEED-Gold Certification in Beijing

Our new Adobe sales office in Beijing, China recently received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the USGBC. It is particularly distinctive as: Adobe’s first LEED certification outside of the United States; being one of only 24 LEED certifications in Beijing; and being one of only 160 LEED certifications in all of China. The certification of our Adobe facility in China underscores the company’s commitment to the sustainability of our global operations.

To reach Gold certification, the team in China worked closely with facilities in the United States to innovate on increasing our sustainability in the Beijing office:

• Reducing water consumption by 88%
• Realizing a 26% savings on lighting energy
• Reducing CO2 emissions by 2,772 KG/year
• Reusing furniture and lighting fixtures as much as possible
• Using “Cool Carpet” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
• Implementing green housekeeping with green-sealed products and recycling
• Using low-emitting construction materials to maintain a favorable indoor environment

There is always more to be done and we’ll continue to partner with experts from around the world to learn, innovate, and continuously evolve.

Adobe Seattle Earns “Platinum” Certification from US Green Building Council

We’re proud to announce that Adobe’s Seattle office facility, located in the Fremont area of Seattle, has been certified at platinum level under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program of the U.S. Green Building Council.  This accolade, the highest honor under the LEED program, marks Adobe’s 11th LEED certification overall – nine at platinum level, two at gold – and furthers Adobe’s reputation as a corporate leader in green and sustainable operations.

The path to certification included programs to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and optimize water usage.  Specific improvements included installing an EvapoTranspiration (ET) Controller to monitor irrigation efficiency and water use; a software system to allow for Web-based and real-time energy monitoring of the building; and replacement of incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs to reduce energy use

I’d like to congratulate and commend the Seattle facilities team and our partners at building management firm Cushman & Wakefield who, together, successfully undertook the two-year project to certify the Seattle site – along with Adobe Seattle employees overall, whose efforts to create more sustainable, “greener” operations helped to achieve this important recognition.  We hope our efforts inspire other organizations that lease or own properties and want to make a difference by conserving and/or recycling precious resources.

If you’d like to follow happenings at our Seattle site, please check out the dedicated Adobe Seattle Facebook page.

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