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.