We recognize today’s actions will affect tomorrow’s world. That’s why operating as a sustainable company is a priority for Sprint. We’ve made bold commitments to minimize our environmental footprint, including being 100% carbon neutral by 2025, diverting 50% of operational waste from landfills by 2025, and continuing to reuse or recycle 100% of electronic waste. We also strive to reduce our use of natural resources such as water and paper. These actions build on our legacy as a leader in sustainable business practices while contributing to a more environmentally sustainable future for all.
100% carbon neutral by 2025
The path to reaching 100% carbon neutrality includes efforts to directly reduce Sprint’s overall energy consumption as well as investments in alternative energy that offset carbon emissions.
Existing efforts to directly reduce energy use include implementing various energy efficiency projects. For example, Sprint’s headquarters is equipped with an intelligent system that has reduced energy consumption by 6%. In retail locations, intelligent thermostats have seen an average of 10-14% reduction in energy consumption. And, nearly 75% of Sprint’s commercial properties operate under a green lease, recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as a national leader in this space.
Current investments in renewable and alternative energy include two 12-year virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs). The Maryneal project with Duke Energy Renewables – combined with an aggregation agreement with Apple, eBay and Samsung to purchase renewable energy from Apex Clean Energy’s White Mesa Wind Project – will offset Sprint’s CO2 emissions 30% by 2021.
Divert 50% of operational waste from landfills by 2025
Our goal is to divert 50% of the operational waste stream, as measured in volume, from the landfill by 2025. This includes waste generated by employees in stores, commercial office buildings and network facilities where Sprint has operational control of vendor and service selection.
At our corporate headquarters campus, Sprint provides several waste and recycling programs, including composting, access to surplus office supplies, e-waste collection and glass recycling.
Outside headquarters, Sprint runs a national waste hauling and recycling program at office and retail locations, data centers and network facilities across the nation – either through onsite services or a mail collection program. Sprint’s two national haulers report diversion tonnages through monthly cloud-based reporting, which has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Waste Wise program as “best in class” for large companies.
Reuse or recycle 100% of electronic waste
Our e-waste goal is further reinforcement of our current sustainable waste management practices. We currently reuse or recycle 100% of electronic waste which includes internal e-waste generated from our business operations, as well as wireless devices held in Sprint inventory and those devices returned to us. We are honored to be named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a winner in their 2019 Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge Awards.
Sprint also focuses on the full lifecycle of the electronics we buy and sell. The company is committed to buying greener electronics, extending the useful life of equipment, facilitating the collection of used equipment, maximizing the reuse of electronics, and responsibly recycling through accredited third-party certified vendors.
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.
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 50%.
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.