With 2011 coming to a close and 2012 just around the corner, GreenBiz asked executives from a range of companies and organizations to reflect on the past year and look at what lies ahead.
They obliged by telling us about their accomplishments, goals, their thoughts about what will drive sustainability in 2012 and how they and their firms can do better in the coming year.
Here's what they said when we asked:
What's your biggest accomplishment in 2011?
Kathrin P. Belliveau, Esq., Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Government Affairs, Hasbro
In 2011, a big accomplishment was leading the effort to issue Hasbro's first, formal Corporate Social Responsibility Report -- totally paperless and online at hasbro.com/csr. As part of this, we announced a number of goals, including an industry-leading commitment to sustainable packaging. The positive response from our stakeholders -- including our employees -- has been tremendous.
Peter Malik, Director of the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council
We made fantastic progress in our energy efficiency work. Having launched a series of high profile energy efficiency retrofits in New York City, including collaborating with Bloomberg on a new property on Park Avenue, we presented an efficiency project at the Clinton Global Initiative, with the former President recognizing it as one of the key commitments of the year. Our project will help advance efficiency within the commercial real estate sector on a larger scale. Working closely with a range of partners who are leaders in the financial, real estate and business sectors -- including Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, Bloomberg, Malkin Holdings, Goldman Sachs and Rockefeller Foundation -- we are on our way to compile and disseminate a how-to guide for energy efficiency, together with a quantitative model measuring the financial and energy savings it provides.
Rupesh Shah, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Intuit
In 2011, the company approved a solar array at our Mountain View, California, headquarters. The timing was ripe to invest in solar given the City of Mountain View's commitment to become a sustainability showcase and Intuit's plans to remodel buildings and incorporate more green spaces and sustainable design. Additionally, after evaluating energy alternatives for our Woodland Hills, CA facility, which has the highest electricity rates across the company, we partnered with Bloom Energy to install Bloom Box fuel cells. Once the Bloom Boxes are installed and running in August 2012, we will use 75 percent of bio-gas to create 60 percent of the electricity needed for our nearly 400 Woodland Hills employees.
Robert C. ter Kuile, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, Global Public Policy, PepsiCo
Continuing to deliver on what we call "Performance with Purpose" -- delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet -- with initiatives like: developing "A Vision for Sustainable Consumption" with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; "cracking the code" on developing the world's first 100 percent plant-based, 100 percent recyclable PET plastic bottle; and engaging in a partnership with Inter-American Development Bank to significantly expand production of heart-healthy sunflower oil while benefiting local farmers.
In a year that was very busy overall, we won the three largest strategic sustainability projects in the history of BSR, in areas ranging from corporate strategy to local community development. The scope and impact of these engagements suggest that we -- and the field in general -- have graduated to a higher level of relevance and maturity. I am really proud of the great global team we have built over the last several years.
With the two year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti approaching, it's hard for Project Haiti to not come to mind. With dedicated pro bono design partner HOK, we are catalyzing the unrivaled passion, expertise and generosity of the green building movement to rebuild the Haiti Orphanage and Children's Center in Port au Prince, which will be LEED Platinum. Not only will this project provide the people of Haiti with both a powerful symbol of hope, it'll serve as a model for sustainable, resilient building practices.
I also can't mention accomplishments without talking about USGBC's Center for Green Schools. The center was created with a vision of green schools for everyone within this generation. The Center for Green Schools will expand our efforts to drive change in how we design, construct, maintain and operate our schools and campuses so they will enhance student learning experiences. This past year, with the help of our seemingly tireless volunteer and chapter network, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has had a first year that has exceeded many expectations. Just this month, we highlighted 10 leading states, cities, districts and decision makers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to ensure every student has the opportunity to learn in a healthy, safe environment.
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