Good Vibrations

Spotlighting two energy reduction pledges and another’s focus on recyclables.

By the Editors

Organizations that have joined our 100 Commitments campaign are taking steps to improve the role of business in society and impact the world in a defined and verifiable way. Here’s an update on the process of a few. See more at

-The Editors

EDF Climate Corps
Commitment: EDF Climate Corps places specially trained MBA students in companies to build the business case for energy efficiency and develop practical, actionable plans. Participation in EDF Climate Corps is a high-profile, cost-effective way for companies to save energy, save money, and improve productivity, regardless of whether they have advanced energy management strategies or are just starting out. We are asking organizations to dedicate a full-time resource to reducing energy usage by hosting aClimate Corps fellow for 10 to 12 weeks. Next summer, hire an energy asset, not just an intern.

Progress: EDF Climate Corps recently trained its biggest group year to date, with a cohort of nearly one hundred Generation Y professionals. EDF schooled this new class of Climate Corps fellows at the fifth annual EDF Climate Corps Training held in Charlotte, NC. After an intensive week of lectures, group exercises, and building tours, these fellows are now scattered across the country, championing the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency in 88 companies, cities, and universities.

In 2011, AT&T put strong emphasis on energy management in its operations, via a series of energy-related goals. Its pledges include reducing the electricity consumption of the company relative to data growth on its network by 17 percent as compared with year 2010; expanding the use of alternative energy by at least 5 megawatts through the installations of additional solar and fuel cell power systems in 2011; instituting energy goals for all corporate real estate management employees in their annual performance reviews; and launching energy efficiency initiatives in 2011 that will reduce energy consumption equivalent to an annualized $40 million.

Progress: The company has made some strides to complete the four aforementioned commitments:
• Electricity consumption of the company relative to data growth on
the network was reduced by 16.5 percent in 2011 as compared with year 2010.
• Due to longer-than-anticipated permitting, construction, and installation timelines, some projects that were committed to in 2011 are becoming operational in 2012. AT&T has re-established the goal of adding 5 megawatts of alternative energy from fuel cell and solar production against its 2011 capacity baseline of 3,888 kilowatts.
• Energy goals are now 100 percent part of the performance review process.
• More than 4,500 projects have been completed to reduce energy consumption equivalent to an annualized $42 million.

For 2012, AT&T is striving to invest $250 million over 5 years to drive innovation in education, support effective local programs and create collective impact to ensure that more students who are at-risk of dropping out graduate from high school and are prepared for college and a career. Its fleet commitment is to replace retiring passenger vehicles with alternative-fuel models and deploy up to 8,000 compressed natural gas service vehicles through 2014. For energy, the company plans to reduce the electricity consumption relative to data growth on its network by 60 percent by 2014 (baseline of 2008). And for greenhouse gas emissions, reduce its Scope 1 emissions 20 percent by 2020.

Through the new Electronics Stewardship Policy, Sprint commits to design and procure eco-friendly electronics, maximize the equipment’s useful life, boost collection of equipment, maximize reuse of electronics, responsibly recycle electronic scrap, and use environmentally and socially responsible vendors for recycling. The policy outlines four goals, including that at least 70 percent of Sprint-branded devices should meet the company’s scorecard criteria for environmental design by 2017; 100 percent of Sprint’s recycling vendors and remanufacturing partners must meet certification requirements by 2012 and 2013, respectively; the company plans a 90 percent collection rate by reusing or recycling nine phones for every 10 it sells annually by 2017; and Sprint intends to collect 100 percent of its own annual e-waste for reuse and recycling by 2017.

Progress: The company reports the following efforts to complete the four aforementioned commitments:
• The company achieved 66.3 percent in terms of scorecard
criteria for environmental design for its branded devices, up from 54 percent.
• Sprint remains on track to have 100 percent of its vendors and
partners meeting certification requirements.
• Sprint’s efforts to collect nine phones for recycling or reuse for
every 10 it sells is at 39 percent, up from 35.9 percent.
• 1,448 metric tons of e-waste for reuse and recycling has
been collected.

Posted July 13, 2012 in Social Responsibility