We recognize today’s actions will affect tomorrow’s world. That’s why we are serious about minimizing our environmental footprint, conserving natural resources such as water and paper, cutting out waste from all corners of our business, and responsibly recycling the waste that we do generate.
Operating in a simpler, smarter and more efficient way reduces both our environmental footprint and our operating costs. Using 2007 as a baseline, we’ve already reduced our GHG emissions by 48% (MT of CO2-e) and our electrical use by 42% (kWh) through 2017.
Some recent examples of our energy reduction efforts and accolades include joining the NYC Carbon Challenge program, achieving silver certification from the Department of Energy’s Better Building’s Program, Green Lease Leaders (GLL), LEED certification of two of our headquarters building, and ranking #67 (out of 500) in Newsweek’s Green Ranking 2017.
But we’re not stopping there. We are currently working on a host of energy reduction efforts including smart buildings analytics, lighting and equipment upgrades, and equipment optimization.
While we use relatively little water compared to companies in some other industries, we’re committed to using less water and getting the most from the water we do use. Since 2007, we have reduced our overall water use by 58%.
At our headquarters campus in Overland Park, Kan., an eight-acre lake and more than seven acres of connected wetlands on the company’s 200-acre campus serve as catch basins for storm-water runoff and as the principle irrigation source for landscaping. This conserves and recycles millions of gallons of water annually as well as supports the biodiversity and wildlife that reside at our campus.
Paper and printing
We recognize the significant role that paper and printing plays in our business operations – from direct marketing and customer invoicing to information sharing and reporting. We also understand that paper production is a resource-intensive endeavor that depends heavily on forests, water and energy. That’s why Sprint is committed to reducing our overall paper consumption.
Some of the ways we’ve cut back on paper include reducing direct mail advertising, reducing the number of printers at our headquarters campus, promoting digital communication over printing across our entire company, and offering customers paperless billing.
In total, we’ve reduced our paper volume by 84% since 2007.
Waste reduction and recycling
We’re committed to cutting out waste and disposing of it responsibility. At our headquarters campus, Sprint provides several waste and recycling programs, including composting, office supply reuse and ewaste collection and recycling. We also offer a national recycling program for our retail, commercial, care and network building locations. And, we’ve said good-bye to foam cups at every commercial location across the county.
All-in-all, we reduced our operational waste to landfill by 37% in 2017 across our headquarters campus, retail stores and office locations. Sprint was also named a winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2017 Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge Awards for sustainably designing products and processes, while also diverting electronics from landfills. In 2017, we collected 2,147 tons of ewaste (99% recycled by certified electronic recyclers). In 2018, we collected 2,107 tons of ewaste (98% recycled by certified electronic recyclers).