We’ve always been committed to creating meaningful change in our community and beyond. One of the greatest challenges we all face today is climate change, and it’s clear that meaningful change has to happen now to make an impact on the future of our planet.
At the beginning of 2021, John Chuang, our CEO, made the bold commitment for our company to become carbon negative in 2022—the first major firm in our industry to do so. After that goal is reached, we’ll work to erase our entire 35-year carbon footprint. This lofty goal requires firm, definitive changes to how we work as an organization, today and in the future.
Because we don’t manufacture any goods, our carbon footprint is largely driven by office utilities, employee commuting, business travel, and technology systems.
Taking these factors into account and using the EPA guidelines for calculating carbon generation, we’ve calculated our company’s global carbon footprint (including internal staff and talent) for 2019, 2020, and 2021 (projected):
COVID created many changes. In this case, they were positive changes. Moving our staff and talent to work remotely, we saw the impact that can have on our carbon footprint as well as our clients’. This sparked the drive to make even more lasting changes to how we work.
Just talking the talk has never been our thing. In order to reach our goal to become carbon negative in 2022 and begin erasing our 35-year carbon footprint, we’ve taken decisive actions and started key projects to make that happen.
While we considered buying carbon credits, we decided that creating a renewable energy source was more in line with our values. At the start of 2021, we began working with several partners to build two solar arrays in Indiana and Ohio. These arrays will offset two times the amount of CO2 that our staff and talent generate annually worldwide.
Our proprietary recruiting software has been hosted at a data center in Virginia, a state on the higher end of carbon generated per kilowatt-hour. We’re migrating to a facility in Oregon which is powered by renewable hydroelectric energy. This move will save approximately two tons of carbon emissions annually.
We started providing our staff with more efficient Apple M1 computers, which draw significantly fewer kilowatts per hour.