In 2009, Newsweek ranked Adobe Systems as the 16th greenest among the 500 largest corporations in the United States. Abode reduced overall carbon emissions by 19% in its San Jose, California facilities and by 13% in its San Francisco facilities during 2009. By July 2009, Adobe had purchased carbon offsets for all the emissions in its Northern California sites. The company purchases renewable energy credits obtained primarily from wind and landfills.
Adobe has also redesigned its shipping cartons to reduce excess packing material. The company implemented the use of recyclable polypropylene in its packaging, which is lighter in weight so it also saves on energy costs and emissions generated in transportation. According to Abode, its overall scrap rate is less than 1% of total packaged product revenue, compared to an industry average of 1 to 5%. And the company works with its suppliers to establish recycling programs.
Adobe also received LEED Platinum certification for its San Jose headquarters in 2009 for the fourth straight year. The score was the highest ever given by the U.S. Green Building Council. Adobe reports that over the past few years the company has invested $2.7 million in more than 70 projects to improve the headquarters’ environmental sustainability. As a result of these projects the company indicates that it has reduced its indoor water use by 22% and its use of water for landscaping by 76%. By installing an enhanced building management system it reduced its use of electricity by 35% and natural gas by 41%.
According to Adobe, many of the programs implemented in San Jose, such as LED lighting in parking garages, dual-flush and low-flow automated toilets, and cleaning during the day to reduce energy use at night, are being replicated in the company’s other facilities worldwide. The company is also extending the green programs to its leased facilities. For example in Seattle, Adobe has implemented a controller to activate or deactivate irrigation systems based on weather conditions to avoid waste.
Adobe employees in San Jose are involved in recycling programs that have kept up to 95% of solid wastes on the site from landfills. Compost and recycling bins are placed in all conference rooms and gathering places.
As reported by Joyce Shoemaker-Galloway for triplepundit in January 2010, Adobe has taken an additional step in its environmental sustainability program by installing 20 Windspire wind turbines on top of its parking garage in San Jose. The turbines, which are each about 30 feet tall, are made from 80% recycled materials. The turbines do not have propellers, move more slowly and are more visible than traditional turbines, so they should be safer for birds and bats. Abode estimates that the turbines will generate about 2,000 kilowatt hours a year with average winds of 12 mph.
Adobe Corporate Social Responsibility Summary 2009 – Adobe
Environmental Sustainability – Adobe
Green Rankings – The 2009 List – Newsweek
Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, “Adobe Installs Windspire Turbines in Downtown San Jose” – triplepundit