ADP’s Green Initiatives - We Work to Make an Impact
“Going green” may be a phrase that is overused today in the workplace. However, at ADP, we let our actions speak louder than our words. In respect to “going green,” ADP’s proactive “green” decisions regarding our processes and products work to protect the environment and conserve resources.
Globally, we are reducing our carbon footprint in a variety of ways, including testing smaller, more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles in our sales fleet and closely monitoring our fuel consumption.
Domestically, we continue to reduce our overall energy needs. For example, our U.S. data centers are minimizing water usage by using technology to track, maintain, reuse and capture water for recycling. We are currently looking into thermal energy as well as exploring alternative power solutions such as wind and solar energy. Since we have consolidated our data centers down from 20 facilities to two facilities, we have reduced 24,000 tons of harmful carbon dioxide emissions annually. The result has been increased utilization of technology assets and decreased usage of kilowatts by half. We have also installed power efficient servers and energy efficient lighting. All of these changes, including the modern power efficient mechanical electrical and cooling equipment that was installed has allowed us to save $3 million in electricity costs per year.
At our corporate headquarters, in conjunction with the renovation of our northern New Jersey locations, we’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to recycle a variety of construction materials (i.e., carpet tiles, ceiling tiles), and office supplies. Furthermore, our associates have organized into volunteer teams to work closely with not-for-profits and charity organizations to donate re-usable items such as binders, hanging files, toner and other office supplies that are no longer needed.
Some additional noteworthy efforts:
- ADP’s office in Augusta, GA is proud to have received the Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and is one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the U.S. Only 1144 buildings in the U.S. have been awarded this coveted Gold award from LEED! (To learn more about LEED certification, go to http://www.usgbc.org).
- ADP associate volunteers maintain Organic Gardens in Roseland, NJ and Florham Park, NJ.
- As an incentive to encourage green thinking, our San Dimas, CA office offers preferred parking for associates with hybrid cars.
- ADP’s office in Florham Park, NJ has a green roof that is covered in plants, which reduces storm water run-off and lowers cooling costs. On a wider scale, green roofs improve air quality and help reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a condition in which city and suburban developments absorb and trap heat.
Furthermore, did you know that we cut one in every six checks in the U. S.? In order to save on paper, we have launched paperless programs for checks and W2’s for all of our associates and clients.
At ADP, we love to recycle. We host clothing drives as well as recycle eyeglasses, batteries, furniture, books, computers, magazines, cell phones and more. We also distribute non-paper/styrofoam cups and encourage our associates to use ADP mugs made from recycled materials. And, our landscape waste is composted and used as mulch.
Moreover, we are extremely supportive of our associates incorporating “going green” in their every day lives. We support virtual meetings and actively encourage our associates to telecommute when possible which saves fuel resources. At ADP, we offer formal ridesharing programs as well as rail and bus passes. We even offer “green” educational and awareness programs on such issues as recycling and Earth Day. ADP is an active member of Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to developing and promoting energy efficient data centers.
Overall, at ADP, we are truly dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and being a company where our associates can be proud to work because they know we are making an impact in our local and global community! With all of these efforts and others, we hope to demonstrate that we’re good corporate neighbors; that we are committed to sustainability and are striving toward environmental improvement. We also hope that as we attract new talent to ADP, candidates will take notice of these initiatives, and value working alongside associates who “live” our commitment to social responsibility.