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.
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.
The 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.
Adobe’s newly remodeled open workspace on the 12th floor of our San Jose headquarters’ West Tower was awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification for Commercial Interiors at the Platinum level – marking the first space to receive LEED-CI Platinum distinction at Adobe San Jose headquarters. Among the features of the 25,000 square foot open office space is natural light for all workspaces and enhanced energy management, resulting in a 50% reduction in energy use. Wood and glass from the old doors and offices have been recycled into dividers that define one of the many collaboration spaces on the floor. The open floor plan is flexible and improves collaboration, as communication is much easier within teams and across functional groups. Over time, Adobe’s goal is to expand this open, collaborative floor plan to most of its San Jose headquarters as well as other offices worldwide.
The company’s newest LEED Platinum CI certification is Adobe’s 23rd LEED Certification and 17th LEED certification at the Platinum level. I want to extend my congratulations to all who worked on this project. For more information about Adobe’s facilities initiatives, visit the Environment section of our Corporate Social Responsibility Page.
Today at Greenbuild 2012, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green, Adobe announced that its San Jose headquarters, as well as its San Francisco and Seattle buildings, have been re-certified for the second time as some of the greenest facilities in the world. Each building earned Platinum level-status under the LEED-EBOM (Leadership and Environmental Energy and Design – Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance) program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Adobe has been innovating in the LEED green building movement for the past decade. In 2010, Adobe’s San Jose headquarters received the highest score ever awarded by the USGBC at that time. The company now has 22 LEED certifications worldwide, including Beijing and Noida, and 16 certifications at the Platinum level. Our latest re-certification puts us on track to achieve Adobe’s publicly stated goal of NetZero consumption in our United States owned facilities by 2015, which means our buildings will have zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually.
Additionally, Adobe is the first to re-certify its buildings using LEED’s new software system. Adobe was the beta-tester for the system created by Zia for Buildings with the support of USGBC. The system is designed to maintain the ongoing reporting for LEED re-certifications.
To learn more about our green initiatives, visit our Environmental Sustainability page.