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A Year in Review: Adobe Corporate Responsibility in 2013

From actively engaging our employees, to driving operations efficiencies, to positively impacting communities, we believe in the power of creativity to inspire positive change. We’re rounding out the end of the year with a look back on some of our key corporate responsibility achievements in 2013.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • For the first time, 100% of the waste from our San Jose headquarters was diverted from the landfill – the equivalent of almost 215 garbage trucks.* We also produced 27% of our San Jose energy onsite with renewable electricity, effectively using our headquarters as a power plant and reducing our dependency on the grid.
  • 70% of our global office space in now LEED certified, and we’ve officially taken on the USGBC Building Health Challenge – a pledge to promote health and wellness and to catalyze industry change in building healthy places. Next year, we’ll continue to work towards our goal of achieving Net Zero status at each of our owned facilities in North America by 2015.
  • For the second year in a row, we were able to distribute 73% of our software electronically in an effort to reduce the need for packaging. For the minimal amount of software we do distribute in physical form, we hope to reduce the amount of packaging per product unit by 80% next year, double the target we achieved in 2011.
  • $59 million in product donations, $13 million in cash charitable contributions, and thousands of hours of volunteer work resulted in an interactive light installation at the Children’s Creativity Museum, a new playground for children in Palo Alto, and a gardening day in our offices, just to name a few.
  • We reached 25% more youth as a part of our Adobe Youth Voices program this year, culminating in the AYV Awards and a week-long gathering of young people and educators from around the world.

We’ve been working steadily towards these accomplishments for years. We’re not stopping now – we’re going to keep creating change in the years to coming, causing this ripple effect to continue to spread.

Thank you to our customers, employees, and partners for helping us create a more sustainable future. While 2013 was a great year, we’re confident that we can make an even bigger impact in 2014.

*Source: Calculations are based on United States Environmental Protection Agency document, Waste Transfer Stations: A Manual for Decision-Making.  

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 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 earns tenth LEED-Platinum certification

Adobe recently received its tenth LEED-Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the company’s Waltham, Mass, office.  It’s an achievement we’re all very proud of and I want to congratulate the Waltham facilities team and our building management firm, Cushman & Wakefield, on their creative ways of boosting our sustainability, including:

  • A “retention pond” which naturally filters runoff water from the parking garage and building site to protect the nearby Cambridge Reservoir
  • Carpet and tile made of 80% recycled product
  • “Light harvesting” to control the dimness/brightness of interior lights and motion sensors to save energy
  • Use of sustainable eucalyptus and walnut wood throughout the space
  • Rock blasted to make the foundation was ground down and reused for landscaping
  • Waterless urinals and touch-less faucets
  • Using Adobe products to reduce paper consumption by 75 percent

Also notable is the Waltham team’s achievement of an Energy Star score of 97 and increased recycling rate to 87 percent compared to the City of Boston’s recycling rate at 13 percent.

Adobe’s employees worldwide contribute daily to the sustainability of our operations, and they recognize “good enough is not good enough.” We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to meet today’s environmental challenges.  There’s plenty more we can all easily do every day, so here’s my challenge to companies and individuals alike – - – Recycle.  Compost.  Use sustainable building materials.  Flip off the electricity when you don’t need it.   Get creative and share your learning with others.  Together we can take the strides necessary to make a meaningful contribution.

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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