Sustainable Development/Green Initiatives
EBSCO takes social responsibility in the area of environmental policy very seriously and thereby maintains environmentally sound business practices while responsibly managing consumption and waste during daily operations. To aid in this effort, employee-led teams at our International Headquarters, located in Birmingham, Alabama, and other facilities are charged with researching and implementing new programs to minimize EBSCO’s environmental footprint.
Community Educational Efforts
In keeping with our commitment to environmental consciousness, EBSCO proudly offers GreenFILE, a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.
Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology. Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines, such as agriculture, education, law, health, and technology, GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.
To learn more about EBSCO’s environmental activities, visit www.ebsco.com/green and www.ebscohost.com/green.
Defined Environmental Goals
Better manage our total environmental impact
• Develop, maintain, and implement policies, procedures, and management systems to continually assess and monitor the environmental impact of our business operations worldwide.
Combat global warming
• Improve energy efficiency as well as promote the use of renewable resources and eco-friendly products in our facilities worldwide to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Adhere to the 3 Rs
• Reduce, reuse, and recycle in our everyday work.
Support green education
• Raise community awareness of ecological issues and educate the public and our employees on environmentally friendly practices.
Implemented Strategies and Assessments
In 2007, EBSCO we rolled-out our initial green efforts. By spring 2008, we had upped the ante, partnering with Carbonfund.org, environmental consulting firm, to measure our carbon footprint and then systematically work to reduce it.
Today, thanks to numerous initiatives put in place by EBSCO, in addition to the actions of like-minded colleagues, our company is progressing swiftly toward the goal of becoming a greener business.
Concrete actions have already been taken, such as:
• CO2 footprint calculation (covering several categories including electricity, natural gas, and business travel)
• Green Team creation in each EBSCO office
• Global recycling program
• Alternative energy program (such as 192 solar panels installed and ongoing company-wide adoption of hybrid vehicles)
• Supporting sustainable forestry (sponsoring a reforestation project in Mali)
• Encouraging clients, publishers, and employees to “go green”
EBSCO’s International Headquarters
EBSCO’s International Headquarters is currently being refurbished, affording the company numerous opportunities to make environmentally friendly choices. From installing floor covering in carpet squares from the world’s leading sustainable carpet manufacturer to utilizing motion-sensitive light switches and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamp lighting, green building materials abound.
The effort also encompasses an ongoing emphasis on replacing worn and outdated building equipment with energy efficient models.
EBSCO is also taking advantage of alternative energy methods. At EBSCO Publishing’s headquarters in Ipswich, Massachusetts, for instance, plans are already underway to install a wind turbine over the parking garage; this will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions caused by traditional electricity sources.
EBSCO’s environmentally friendly efforts also encompass fuel consumption. In the fall 2008, the company installed two biodiesel tanks at the International Headquarters facility to provide fuel for its Birmingham-based automobile fleet. Biodiesel is biodegradable. It's renewable. It has the advantages of dramatically reducing sulfate and hydrocarbon emissions and reducing particulate matter. It is nontoxic and does not have a negative impact on water quality. Biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter, compared with emissions from diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid rain) from biodiesel are essentially eliminated, when compared with diesel.
Helping Our Environment
EBSCO recognizes that the environment is an important part of our corporate responsibility. EBSCO follows all international environmental policies and will comply with any future laws and regulations. EBSCO currently adheres to following practices:
• Low-energy, motion-activated lighting at International Headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama
• Virtualization of servers has reduced electricity usage in the computer room by 63 kilowatts per month
• Company cars are hybrids (all new purchases are hybrid, nationwide)
• Work trucks use biodiesel fuel
• EBSCO at International Headquarters cafeteria utilizes composting of all food waste
• All single-use containers are biodegradable and compostable (Bare ™ by Solo and Monogram Sustain™).
• Computer hardware and peripherals are recycled through our vendor
• Recycled paper and paper products are used throughout facilities
• Use of solar energy at Boston facility has offset 20 to 25 percent of the building’s energy needs. Solar energy will be evaluated for future uses in other facilities as appropriate.
• EBSCO’s International Headquarters recycling efforts since 2008 averages:
o 25 tons of cardboard
o 23 tons of white paper
o 98 tons of magazines and/or mixed paper
o 5 tons of plastic
o 1 ton of aluminum cans