Industry Sector: Information Technology & Services
NEWSWEEK Green Score: 71.5%
Environmental Impact: 79.0%
Environmental Management: 64.7%
Transparency & Disclosure: 68.5%
The company began to focus heavily on sustainability during California's 2001 energy crisis. Since 2005, Adobe has reduced (PDF) electricity use by 35 percent and natural-gas use by 41 percent. The company also composts or recycles more than 95 percent of its solid waste. Adobe was the first company to get four platinum-level certifications for energy and environmental design excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council. The company also has an Environmental Sustainability Council, made up of representatives from various departments, that recommends sustainability initiatives. Additionally, the company features a Green Team led by employees, which creates its own environmental initiatives and projects.