Corporations as a whole don’t typically inspire the most positive image when it comes to the environment. But some are doing their part in trying to reduce their waste and carbon emissions.
Recently, one of the biggest corporations in the world, Apple, showed just how serious it is about its conservation efforts. Together with The Conservation Fund, Apple has purchased more than 36,000 acres of U.S. working forests for permanent protection.
The protected area is around Maine and North Carolina, according to a press release from the The Conservation Fund. Apple will be funding this land, which will ensure sustainable harvesting.
The green community wasn’t always so impressed with Apple. In 2011, Greenpeace released a report claiming that Apple was among the worst climate offenders by using the most coal and receiving the lowest score in green energy.
Last month, Greenpeace released another report, which showed Apple had its data centers 100 percent powered by renewables. This makes Apple unique among every other corporation listed, which all rely on coal to some degree.
That’s not to say other giant corporations are resting on their laurels. Google has always been huge in promoting clean energy.
Its carbon footprint is neutral, meaning it’s offsetting enough carbon to balance out the carbon it does use. Google started out along the same lines as Apple, according to Greenpeace, and has now improved substantially as well; but its long-term goal is to get even cleaner.
Google also wants everyone else to be greener as they also have invested a lot of money into various green businesses, such as SolarCity, one of the biggest residential rooftop solar panel companies, Balko Wind farm and Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park.
Facebook also is leading the way in tech industries’ green effort with a page dedicated to their efforts. Even though Facebook continues to grow, the amount of energy it uses year after year is the same, according to this report.
The greenest U.S. company, according to Newsweek, is the pharmaceutical company Allergan. According to Allergan, who’s been tracking its data since 1992, it has dramatically reduced its energy consumption and increased its recycling rate year after year despite growth.
Adobe, creators of a multitude of production software, ranked second on Newsweek’s list. It installed wind turbines that power its main building, while using a state-of-the-art system to pump extra energy back into the grid.
Fortunately, many corporations are turning over a new leaf – hopefully inspiring others to follow in their low-carbon footsteps.
Check out all of Apple’s environment efforts here.