Autodesk was recently recognized by Newsweek in the Green Rankings as #21 among U.S. companies, and #6 IT & services for the commitment to sustainability across the entire company making Autodesk a truly green company.
The annual Newsweek Green Rankings look at the largest publically traded companies in the U.S. and globally ranks them on performance in such areas as greenhouse gas emissions, waste reduction and management of natural resources. Autodesk performed particularly well in the Environmental Impact measurement, and stood out for its green building strategy, including LEED certifications; well below average carbon emissions; and detailed policy on green procurement.
Being green does pose some major challenges for a large corporation especially with all the electricity required for data centers and computers, but the energy and materials savings, and knowing it is the right thing to do makes it all worth the efforts. Autodesk has for many years been implementing green and sustainability policies and practices and never did it to be trendy or for the recognition. From the big items right down to the small, top down to the bottom it is all important and reviewed for greening up the company. Here are a few examples:
- LEED certified Platinum buildings and green office spaces
- One of the most efficient data centers in the world
- Reducing business travel and the company carbon footprint
- Producing a public company sustainability report and having positions specifically tasked with managing sustainability policies for the company and our products
- Remote employee program
- Encouraging employees to use public transportation
- Employees using metal water bottles instead of disposable plastic and paper ones.
Its not easy being green, but well worth it.
Carl Bass on Autodesk Sustainability & the Newsweek Rankings:
“Sustainability is at the core of how Autodesk operates and what our technology enables our customers to achieve. We have a positive impact through greening our own operations, but also through the tools we supply to our millions of customers worldwide who imagine, design and create more efficient buildings, infrastructure and products. We’re honored to be recognized alongside so many of our customers on Newsweek’s prestigious list.”
View the Newsweek Green Rankings:
Read the Official Press Release:
Kermit the Frog "It's Not Easy Being Green"
Since I had a Muppet reference and video, here are two of my favorites from the Muppets. The first is the Swedish Chef carving pumpkins and perfect for today being Halloween -Bork Bork Bork!
“Swedish Chef Cårven Der Pümpkîn” http://youtu.be/2Qj8PhxSnhgThe Swedish Chef preparing to carve pumpkins with a knife. The pumpkins thought they would convince him to use something else in hopes he did not have that something else and they would be spared being carved.
The Swedish Chef Cårven Der Pümpkîn with a bazooka! Rendering the pumpkins as pumpkin pie.
Another classic Muppets bit is “Mahna Mahna”