While sustainable initiatives continue to permeate university building projects worldwide, a new kind of campus has begun to match the enthusiasm of the academic sector when it comes to “green” building – the corporate kind. Many of the world’s biggest brands have begun to plant the seeds of what it is to be the workplace of the future, one in which carbon footprints are smaller, and creating a healthy, safe environment for employees is part of the key to business success. Below is a short list of some of the top sustainable corporate campuses throughout the United States. Take a look at some of the innovative practices they have created:
70% of Adobe workspaces are LEED certified for a total of 25 buildings — 17 of those are Platinum certified
Completed more than 180 energy efficiency projects that have reduced electricity use by 50%, natural gas use by 30%, domestic water use by 79%, and irrigation water use by 71%
Eco-friendly bathrooms feature water-less urinals and automatic flush valves
20 Windspire wind turbines were installed to capture the energy of the wind speeding up as it flows between the three office towers
In 2014, Adobe became the first Fortune 500 company to install and manage an energy intelligence system which provides real-time data analytics that allow employees to automatically respond to spikes in the building’s electricity use and draw on previously stored power to reduce energy costs
The first skyscraper of its kind to receive a LEED Platinum rating, the building produces net zero carbon dioxide emissions
The building is made from renewable, recycled raw materials from within 500 miles of the city; air filtration system vents clean air back into the city, allowing the building to function as one huge air filter for New York City
Using its own cogeneration plant, the building creates 70% of its energy needs
Water doesn’t go to waste, thanks to the reuse of rainwater, water-less urinals, and low-flow fixtures
From 2010 to 2015, the company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 37%, primarily through implementing energy efficiency projects, consolidating space, and leveraging a less carbon-intensive grid
Member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s “Workplace Charging Challenge,” in which companies commit to adding charging stations for electric vehicles in their parking facilities
Carbon neutral company since 2014, pursues zero waste to landfill
To balance the climate impact associated with fuels within the Biogen supply chain, business travel, and employee commuting, Biogen purchases a matching amount of carbon offsets
In 2015, 61% of Biogen’s waste was diverted (composted, recycled, donated or recovered for energy by anaerobic digestion), with the rest primarily going to waste-to-energy
Alliance with MIT’s Sloan School of Management to help companies embed sustainability into their organizations
In 2016 Biogen engaged with 20 suppliers, which represented 45% of their supply chain carbon emissions to ensure accurate accounting of their footprint, and decrease their overall carbon footprint by 8%
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and investments in energy conservation have resulted in savings of 1.75 billion kWh
Facilitated the construction of 18 solar electric installations at Intel locations around the world, generating more than 10 million kWh of clean solar energy per year
Largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the U.S., according to the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership rankings
Purchased 3.1 billion kWh of green power in 2013, enough to meet 100% of U.S. electricity usage for a year
Since 1998, Intel has invested more than $220 million in conservation programs, helping save more than 46 billion gallons of water
Recycle more than 75% of the total waste generated in their operations
We are proud to see companies taking the initiative to promote sustainable business practices, but also amazed by some of the unique green innovations they have created. Based on what we have seen so far, we feel the best is only yet to come!
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