Earth Day 2019 – Taking Sustainability to the Local Level
Senior Vice President, Employee Services
Corporate News, Thought Leadership
Cisco has been widely recognized for our sustainability efforts across the world and this Earth Day, we are taking our sustainability efforts to a local level.
Cisco set its first carbon reduction target in 2007. Now, 12 years later, we are on our third iteration of goals, which include reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, using electricity generated from renewable sources, and reducing total emissions by 60 percent by FY22. We are also tackling water use and waste within our facilities. We have some big goals ahead of us!
Today, on Earth Day, I’m thrilled to announce that Cisco’s Research Triangle Park (RTP) campus will lead the way to begin our journey to reduce waste.
Taking our goals to a local level
Starting today, the RTP café will start serving all meals on reusable items and will launch a composting program for the whole campus. When employees stop by the café for breakfast and lunch, all to-go items will be bio-degradable, and employees will find composting bins in the café and breakrooms. To reduce the waste from the 12 million disposable cups used every year at our Cisco offices, we’re providing mugs and reusable cups in cafés and breakrooms. We’re also phasing out non-compostable takeout containers from the RTP café.
Before today, almost one-half of the waste stream from RTP came from single-use food containers. To achieve our goals of zero waste to landfill, we knew that removing these containers would be necessary.
With a population of 6,500 across our RTP campus, this is a big undertaking. While it won’t all happen today, we’re confident we’ll become fully compostable in a few months.
The future of sustainability
Today is only a starting point for us. We will be launching these efforts at the RTP campus and will continue to expand our goals of reducing waste across all Cisco offices. By starting locally, we can show the community that Cisco is invested in reducing waste. We hope to lead the way for other companies in the community to follow suit and reduce landfill.
Over the next few months, we’ll be working to take the RTP campus to the level where we know it can be – a place where reduced waste and compostable items is not just an idea, but a reality. From reducing the number of disposable coffee cups used, to the quantity of takeout trays, we are on the right path to making this happen.
As part of our sustainability commitment, I know this can happen not just at the RTP campus, but also at all Cisco facilities across the globe. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the Cisco community as we work to reduce Cisco’s emissions.
Be on the lookout for an update of these efforts and our next step of the journey to reach our sustainability goals. Happy Earth Day!