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Earth Month Tip: Managing Energy Use

We’re sharing one tip each week this month in honor of Earth Month. Last week we focused on water conservation and this week is all about energy reduction. Share your favorite green tips with us on social media using hashtag #EarthMonth.

With more than 11,000 employees and over 3 million square feet of real estate around the world, Adobe pays close attention to our energy usage. We have cut our electricity usage by 50% since 2002 which has helped us to achieve carbon neutrality at our owned North American facilities by 2014 – one full year ahead of our goal.

Our main goal is to sustainably manage our business. To that point we rigorously explore ways to reduce our energy and water consumption and to offset 100% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our North America operations through the purchase of renewable energy credits and emission reduction credits to help develop wind farms and landfill biogas plant projects.

While energy reduction is important to Adobe, strength lies in numbers – our impact will be even stronger if we all commit to reducing our energy usage. Here’s an easy way to make a big difference: replace all your incandescent bulbs with LED lights.  An LED can last up to 30 times longer[1], it will use up to 75 percent less energy and you’ll save hundreds of dollars over the life of a single LED[2].

Did you know?  If every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR rated light, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, cut about $680 million in annual energy costs, and avoid releasing 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually – equivalent to taking approximately 800,000 cars off our roads every year.  This is just one way everyone can reduce their energy use.

What are you doing to save energy? Share your insights, photos and tips for us on your social channels using #EarthMonth.

Vince Digneo is Adobe’s sustainability strategist.


Earth Month Tip: Water Conservation

We’re committed to strengthening our communities, which means improving our own sustainability efforts and empowering those around us to do the same. That’s why, in honor of Earth Month, we’re sharing one tip a week to help us all be a little more green. Coming off of World Water Day, this week we’ll focus on how to decrease our water usage.

At Adobe, water conservation has always been important to us, but it’s especially crucial right now as California experiences what some consider to be one of the worst droughts in 500 years.

Since 2000, we’ve implemented measures to reduce water consumption in our buildings by 62%, including the installation of low-flow faucets, waterless urinals, drought-resistant native plants and drip-irrigation systems. Recently, we turned off our San Jose outdoor water fountains to help improve local water flow. Looking forward, we’re now evaluating ways we can increase our water recycling, recapture rain water, reclaim our own waste water, and use recycled water from the cities where we operate.

To make real impact, we need to increase awareness and encourage action. According to the EPA, fixing household leaks could save the average American family 10,000+ gallons of water per year, which is the equivalent of more than 270 loads of laundry.[1] Perhaps fixing that leaky faucet has suddenly moved to the top of your to-do list? Whether you own or rent, it’s a good idea to check your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems once a year, repair leaks as they occur, and replace old fixtures with new water-saving ones.

Water Conservation

What are your favorite water conservation tips? Share them on your social channels using #EarthMonth. Take pictures and videos demonstrating how you’re conserving water. Tell your friends and family to get involved, too. After all, water is the basis of all life on Earth.

Being Green Means Taking Action

As Adobe continues to grow and evolve, we remain committed to responsibly managing the impact of our operations, exceeding industry standards and fostering a culture of environmental sustainability. Every April, we celebrate “Be Green Month” to give employees new ways to take environmentally meaningful actions at work, in our communities, and at home.

GreenTeams2Led by our Green Teams in 20 sites around the world, a number of educational programs, volunteer projects, and other activities will take place throughout the month. This year, “Be Green Fairs” will be organized to inform employees of local Corporate Responsibility initiatives and provide them with the opportunity to meet with organizations that offer sustainable living options.

Here on Adobe Conversations, we’ll be sharing our success stories on water conversation, energy efficiency, waste management and travel reduction. The strides we’ve made are documented in our reports, but our hope is to inspire businesses and individuals to take action as well.

As we turn our attention to how we can keep our planet thriving, we look forward to your participation and ideas.

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.

Adobe by the Numbers – 2013

Today we announced our financial results for our fiscal year that ended on Nov. 29 (Go to FY13 earnings release). But those numbers are only a part of the story — we had an incredible year, building a stronger customer community, releasing new products and services, and helping create positive change through our corporate responsibility efforts. Check out our infographic below (or download the PDF with embedded links to more info) with a few of these other numbers that marked our year. We’re ready for great things in 2014!

Adobe Numbers 2013

Speaking the Same Language – The Intersection of Business and Sustainability

A few weeks ago, I attended the 2013 Net Impact Conference in San Jose, Calif., a three-day immersion into the conference theme of, “Change Starts Here.” As mentioned in the blog posted before the conference kicked off, we are strong believers in the power of collaboration and creativity to affect meaningful change. I’d like to commend Net Impact for bringing together people from around the world to discuss ideas on how to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

During the conference, I had the privilege of leading two roundtable discussions, the first with business leaders and sustainability experts. The group jumped into a lively discussion of key drivers for successful sustainability initiatives and the benefit of buy-in from the top during the planning phase. Though we covered a lot of ideas in that session, one key point of agreement was the need for sustainability leaders to be able to speak the same language as the leaders of the company. This creates a crucial link that allows sustainability and corporate responsibility departments to showcase why these initiatives are good for business.

Adobe-Utah-Building-outside_NightThe second roundtable consisted of mostly MBA students. As these are the next generation of business leaders, we focused on how workplace environments can influence the way employees feel about their company. I shared my own experiences with workplace environments and discussed why LEED certification is a priority for Adobe (currently 24 of our facilities are LEED certified with 17 certified at the LEED Platinum level). Just last week our sparkling new Lehi, Utah workplace achieved LEED Gold certification. We place a premium on green building because it enables us to operate with greater efficiency, thus reducing costs over time, and reduce our impact on the planet. Sustainability innovation also challenges us to rethink and reuse. I’m still inspired by our San Francisco office located on 601 Townsend. At the ripe old age of 103, it sits as the oldest LEED Platinum building in the U.S., running on about 50% of renewables.

As with any roundtable discussion, different points of view are shared. It was encouraging to see that everyone agrees that sustainability is good for business – it is innovative, it is forward-thinking and it works.  I look forward to continuing these sustainability conversations here.

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.

Adobe at Net Impact – Change Starts with Creativity


Today kicks of the first day of the Net Impact 2013 Conference, taking place down the street from Adobe at the San Jose Convention Center. For three days, a few thousand thinkers and doers will arrive in Silicon Valley to participate in workshops, panels, discussions and social events, all focused on using resources and new information to influence positive change in the workplace and the world. The theme of this year’s conference is “Change Starts Here,” which is a sentiment we share at Adobe. We are firm believers in the power of collaboration and creativity to disrupt the status quo and are excited to partner with an organization echoing these ideas.

This year, two of our own will be speaking at the conference. On Friday, October 25, Adobe sustainability strategist Vince Digneo will lead a round table discussion with other CR professionals. Their talk will focus on day-to-day corporate social responsibility challenges, from how to engage employees in a company’s sustainability missions to integrating corporate responsibility into general business planning. Check back here  for a recap of key findings and insights after the conference.

On Saturday, October 26 Patricia Cogley, senior program manager for Adobe Youth Voices, will lead a TED-style talk titled “Education Trends Paving the Way for Societal Change.” Patricia will explore the connection between current trends in education, the creativity gap in education and the impact creativity can have on young people’s sense of self and their aspirations. This trend is one of the reasons we are so proud of the work we’re doing through the Adobe Youth Voices program, which looks to partner with educators to bring creativity back into the classroom.

I’m excited to see what the next few days will hold. At Adobe, we make it a priority to partner with organizations like Net Impact who are dedicated both to igniting creative confidence in youth and helping local communities thrive. Net Impact recognizes the need to find new ways to address the problems facing the world today, from poverty to climate change to health epidemics, and believes that empowering the next generation early on is a key to future success. Their student engagement program is a great platform to encourage future leaders to get creative and share ideas on how to drive social change in their everyday life.

Be sure to follow the conversation around Net Impact on twitter with the hashtag #NI13. I’ll be sharing my thoughts periodically from @MichelleAYates.

Adobe Recognized for its Sustainability Leadership in CDP’s Global 500 Climate Change Report

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.

Be Green: It’s “Earth Month”

DSC02824Every year, I look forward to Earth Day. It’s an opportunity to assess how well we’re performing as responsible stewards of the environment, and reflect upon what more we can do. At Adobe, we pride ourselves on being recognized as a leader in sustainability and prioritize reducing our environmental footprint through our everyday operations.

This year, Adobe is celebrating “Be Green” month throughout April. In our offices worldwide, local Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Action Teams have hosted events and activities ranging from food waste reduction campaigns and paper waste reduction competitions to river and park cleanups, bicycle workshops and more. Below is just a snapshot of what our employees are doing around the globe:

  • Bangalore – Employees are restoring Puttenhalli lake by painting each of the 23 rectangular dust bins that surround the lake and planting shrubs and flowers at the entrance.
  • Boston – Employees started a “donate a mug from home” drive, reducing the use of paper coffee cups.
  • London – The team organized a bake-off to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)’s Sky Rainforest Rescue Project.
  • New York – Employees volunteered for “NY Cares Day” at the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve in Brooklyn, an area hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
  • San Jose, Calif. – San Jose employees will remove trash from the local San Jose Guadalupe River, which supports local fish and birds.
  • Seattle – Adobe Seattle’s on-site bicycling community is hosting a bicycling expo event and encouraging employees to sign up for a “Bike to Work Challenge” during the month of May.

It’s inspiring to see Adobe employees’ passion and dedication to contributing to a healthy, sustainable environment in their local communities. For more information about Adobe’s CSR initiatives, visit our CSR page.

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