EDF Climate Corps Fellows. Since 2010, CA has partnered with EDF Climate Corps to host graduate students in one of our locations, hosting a total of 11 Fellows thus far and being named as one of only two Climate Corps Gold Hosts. Each year, CA’s Corporate Social Responsibility team works with our Facilities teams to identify potential projects and areas of improvement. We are then joined by an EDF Fellow whose depth of knowledge and background suits our specific project. EDF Fellows are also provided with technical training and tools to help CA further hone our operational efficiency.
In the summer of 2016, Shawn Lindabury joined our Boulder, Colorado office as an EDF Climate Corps Fellow. Shawn, an MBA student at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, partnered with our local Green Team to support a multi-faceted approach to a new office location. His key tasks were to:
- Ensure that a scheduled office move occurred in a way that minimized waste and maximized efficiency, with particular attention to maintaining the office’s “Zero Waste” initiative;
- Work with the local Green Team to expand its areas of focus to include energy efficiency and employee transportation; and
- Take lessons learned from the successful Boulder Green Team to inform a wider approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Engagement for CA Technologies.
With a background in transportation and nonprofits, Shawn was up to the task. He successfully designed and implemented a waste-reduction program that held strong during the office move. He arranged for multiple truckloads of Goodwill donations and kept 55 percent of waste out of landfills—on par with the pre- and post-relocation percentages.
As a result of Shawn’s project and lessons learned, our CSR team is outlining a refresh to our wider Employee Engagement program, with piloting planned for fall 2017.
Green Carpooling. sRide is an app that makes it easy to find safe and friendly carpooling partners. Carpooling reduces traffic congestion and fuel consumption, and therefore limits harmful carbon dioxide emissions, all by harnessing the power of local communities. In just six months of using sRide, CA Technologies Hyderabad went from completing 40 rides and 418 kilometers to 7,327 shared rides covering 9,957 kilometers. This carpooling effort avoided 1,991 kilograms of CO2, the equivalent of planting 95 trees. “sRide has been one of the best things to happen to me,” said CA employee Rahul Basu, who used the sRide app to travel 1,566 kilometers. “I enjoy coming to work this way as I get a chance to meet new people who become friends and also help a bit in saving the environment.” CA management in Hyderabad has taken an active role in supporting sRide and the Green Carpool initiative.