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Corporate Sustainability and Companies Using Solar Power

Corporations that invest in sustainable practices are paving the way for large industries to act responsibly and promote environmental health. With more people relying on innovative technologies to live comfortably, it is only fitting that the pioneers of the renewable age are tech companies. Google, Intel, and Cisco are only three of the many companies, both large and small, using solar power to contribute to their energy needs, in addition to concentrating on other areas of sustainability. This new focus on environmental responsibility inspires other industries to take control of their carbon footprints and explore new ways to grow business in a world of finite resources.

Google
Earlier this month, Google entered into a partnership with Silver Ridge Power as the tech giant continues to diversify its interests in the sustainability market. The $103 million investment is the 13th renewable project that Google has participated in so far. The environmental impact of promoting clean technologies is not the only benefit of Google’s new partnership. According to GreenBiz, by investing in sustainable practices, companies create over 1 million new jobs and grow the nation’s GDP over $150 billion per year.

Intel
Intel’s commitment to clean energy is motivated by this potential boost to the marketplace. The semiconductor manufacturer hopes that by improving energy efficiency, renewables will become inexpensive enough for widespread residential use. Intel is a leader of the clean energy revolution. Over 85% of the company’s electricity usage is provided by an energy alternative, like solar power.

Cisco
On their website, Cisco publishes an extensive list of their contributions to renewable energy. By partnering with SolarWinds, Cisco aims to help companies keep costs down with wireless technologies that improve operational efficiency. For Cisco, it is the simple changes that add up and make difference. By simply restricting the amount of business air travel, Cisco plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2017.

But technology companies are not the only green energy pioneers. Other companies, like Clorox, invest in the use of more biodegradable and recycled materials in order to make their products. By redesigning their packaging to reduce waste, 90% of Clorox’s product containers consist of 100% recycled content.

Sustainable technologies, alternative energies, and renewable materials are the next big thing, and most importantly, they create jobs. With these big-name companies investing much of their research and development into green initiatives, businesses all over the world are following in their smaller carbon footsteps. The University of Colorado offers a sustainable practices certificate program for busy professionals eager to lead their companies into this more environmentally friendly future.

The CU-Boulder online Professional Certificate in Sustainability Management focuses on creating strategies that improve the well-being of the planet, while reducing costs in a practical, hands-on environment. Click the link to learn more.

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