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In the U.S., we welcome one person every 13 seconds into our country (taking birth, mortality and migration figures into account)¹. We act to help preserve the earth’s resources to support that growth through impactful initiatives, greening our supply chain, minimizing our operational impact, and raising environmental awareness among our 6,700 employees.

We have been working to measure and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since 2007. Fluctuations in energy use, waste, recycling and paper consumption can be affected by a variety of factors, including: increases or reductions in staff, the amount of occupied square footage, as well as, services that are managed in house versus contracted services, and unique projects, such as office remodeling activities. In 2007, our data center energy usage totaled 6.96M kilowatt hours (kWh) but in 2015, it was 10.36M kWh, an increase attributed to transitioning the management of our data centers under our direct control and housing them in one of our major office locations. In 2015, we projected an increase in data center energy use, however, due to energy efficiency increases at other locations, we were able to maintain a reduction in energy use across all our facilities that was on par with 2014. It’s important to note that when excluding our data centers, our facilities overall energy use was reduced by 51% (27.1M kWh) in 2015. This is a testament to the effectiveness of our emissions reduction initiatives.

2015 Reductions Support Operational Efficiency2

  • Total energy usage reduced by 39%
  • Paper consumption reduced by 70%
  • Landfill waste reduced by 62%
  • Total cost savings from paper, energy and car mile reductions: $22M

 

Energy

Year kWh % Reduction (against benchmark year

2007

60,130,000

Benchmark

2008

53,260,000

11%

2009

49,250,000

18%

2010

49,690,000

17%

2011

46,530,000

23%

2012

41,440,000

31%

2013

36,420,000

39%

2014

36,670,000

39%

2015

36,430,000

39%

 

Waste and Recycling

Year Landfill Waste
(Tons)
%
Waste
Recycled Waste
(Tons)
%
Recycled
Total
Waste
Combined
% Red.
Total
% Red.
Landfill
Waste

2007

1,080

60%

708

40%

1,788

-

-

2008

904

39%

1,388

61%

2,292

-28%

16%

2009

498

38%

806

62%

1,305

27%

54%

2010

482

38%

780

62%

1,262

29%

55%

2011

462

35%

841

65%

1,302

29%

57%

2012

460

35%

839

65%

1,298

29%

57%

2013

411

39%

638

61%

1,049

43%

62%

2014

387

64%

691

64%

1,078

43%

64%

2015

407

64%

710

64%

1,117

39%

62%

 

Paper

Year

Sheets

Tons

% Reduction (against benchmark year)

2007

111,583,000

558

Benchmark

2008

93,515,000

468

16%

2009

98,744,500

494

12%

2010

69,802,000

349

37%

2011

55,583,500

279

50%

2012

46,223,000

231

59%

2013

40,233,500

201

64%

2014

33,000,000

164

71%

2015

34,000,000

170

70%

 

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Emissions(Co2e Metric Tons)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Scope 2 Electric Use Major Offices (Actual)

35,133

31,304

26,697

27,302

26,688

24,302

21,623

21,392

21,126

Scope 2 Electric Use Field Offices (Estimated)

6,648

5,698

10,020

10,954

10,842

7,592

5,308

4,842

2,380

Scope 2 Fossil Fuel

 

 

 

 

 

938

1,261

1,493

1,287

Total Energy Use

41,781

37,002

36,717

38,256

37,531

32,832

28,192

27,727

24,793

Scope 3 (including air, car miles and waste)

15,529

14,186

11,591

10,845

9,313

9,127

7,022

7,046

8,241

Grand Total

57,310

51,188

48,308

49,101

46,844

41,959

35,125

34,774

33,034

 

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (Megawatts)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Scope 2 Electric Use Major Offices (Actual)

60,130

53,260

49,250

49,690

46,530

41,440

36,790

36,670

36,430

Scope 2 Electric Use Field Offices (Estimated)

8,201

7,023

12,561

13,269

13,074

13,929

9,737

8,887

4,367

Total Electric Use

68,331

60,283

61,811

62,959

59,604

55,369

46,527

45,557

40,797

RECs Purchased

62,690

62,690

67,231

65,086

61,601

53,934

46,354

43,214

49,389

Percentage of Total Emissions Offset 

92%

104%

109%

103%

103%

97%

100%

95%

121%

 

1 United States Census Bureau U.S. and World Population Clock

2 Since a benchmark year of 2007.

3 Figures tabulated using Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol calculation tools, developed by World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD)