Eating our own dog food! Adobe goes Green!

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You’re probably saying to yourself; "ok Tim, you’ve gone off the deep end on this one. Eating your own dog food and being green go together in many ways, but for Acrobat in the AEC and EPC community, it’s not totally obvious." I love it when I get to mess with you all a little. But this will become so apparent after I explain.

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So here at Adobe what I mean by "Eat our own dog food" is we use all of our technology daily. Our LiveCycle Products such as Adobe LiveCycle Designer, Adobe LiveCycle Forms, Adobe LiveCycle Form Manager, Adobe LiveCycle Document Security, Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server, Adobe LiveCycle Workflow drive our daily workflows anything from travel requests to ordering a new computer, no paper is generated in our processes. We create PDF’s of all files and protect them with Policy Server. We even scan in our receipts for expenses to PDF to cut the paper trail. We use digital signatures to sign all legal documents, and of course use all of the creative products and dv products to create our customer facing documentation and web site. So really we are our best and worst customers! Best customers because we use every product we create (all 72) and worst because since we wrote the code we can "Call the baby ugly" if we like. Well, we really don’t do that, but there have been some really great…let’s say….exciting discussions that have gotten to the point that we had to take it to the soccer field, programmer’s vs field! But, I digress.

But as Adobe is a leader in technology, we are also leaders in other areas, one that jumps out is that did you know that the Adobe offices in San Jose are Platinum LEED Certified! Yep, Adobe spent close to $1.3 million dollars to upgrade our offices to get our certification. I know, I know, that sounds like a lot, but check this out, in our first year we saved around $1.2 Million in utilities cost, and with government rebates and such saved $1.5 plus Million!!! So, we made green going green!! (I crack myself up!) I bring this up because we are partners with the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) and helped them streamline their LEED submittal process with our LiveCycle Designer and LiveCycle Forms tools. You can see all the info by clicking here and see a video by clicking here.

A really cool piece was done (click here for video) on the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (which they used Acrobat 7 Professional and Acrobat 7 3D to cut the amount of paper they had to deal with) and they also show Adobe’s LEED process. We are proud to be a Platinum LEED certified building. It helps us tell the story better, when you eat your own dog food!

Remember to put some life in your life

Tim Huff
Acrobat for AEC
Acrobat in the AEC and EPC Industry

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