From increasing the diversity of our workforce and industry to reducing our environmental impacts to empowering our communities through philanthropic investments and volunteering, corporate responsibility (CR) touches every aspect of Symantec’s business. We’ve defined our strategy and are continually working towards our goals to operate as a responsible global citizen.
Every day Symantec employees across countries and business units collaborate to deliver on our mission of protecting our customers, our communities and our planet.
We are happy to feature a quarterly series – Inspired, United, Ignited: Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility Champions - that profiles stand out examples of our how our employees directly contribute to the implementation of our CR strategy. Some are leaders in our CR team, members of our Green Teams or champions for our employee resource groups, others are innovating to address needs in their function or region. All are inspiring others, uniting communities and igniting change to make Symantec a leading corporate citizen and to make our world a safer place.
Today we highlight our Global Director of Workplace Facilities Douglas Jakubielski, based out of our Mountain View, California office.
When I arrived at Symantec almost 4 years ago, one of the first meetings I had, outside of Workplace Real Estate, was with Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) team. As the Global Director of Workplace Facilities, part of my role is to support our CR initiatives, including our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). With just over 3 million square feet of real estate in our portfolio, my team has a tremendous opportunity to reduce Symantec’s GHGs, as well as help Symantec become a more sustainable company.
Working closely with the CR team, I am able to understand where Symantec currently is with regards to environmental initiatives, and at the same time think about where we could be. In FY16, Symantec set a new goal to reduce GHG emissions by 30 percent by 2025 (compared with FY15). This science-based goal includes Scope 1, or direct emissions that come from Symantec’s operations, such as onsite vehicles and equipment that use fossil fuels, and Scope 2, or indirect emissions, that result from the electricity we purchase to power, heat, and cool our facilities. A large emphasis of this goal was reducing energy use in our offices, labs, and data centers, which account for more than 90 percent of Symantec’s Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
When Symantec set this goal, it gave me an opportunity to work with my teams worldwide and to challenge them to think outside the box and develop real opportunities to reduce our emissions.
One example of our work is the Tesla battery system installed this year in Mountain View Building A (see above). This system allows us to “Peak Shave” our electrical load during the day when we hit peak electricity pricing. During times of high pricing, we can now switch some of the building over to battery power, which curves the cost of electricity and reduces the amount of energy we use. We then charge the batteries at night when demand is low and charges are minimized.
Another project to highlight is the misting system that was completed in Pune, India. Symantec’s water-misting system is an innovative solution to address overheating of critical lab and computer room air-conditioning units, while reducing electricity. The system can cool an area by as much as 30 degrees without causing water damage. This project won International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA) 2017 Award of Excellence for Innovation, for the innovative use of non-conventional energy sources. Since installed, the system has saved over $52,000 and nearly 350,000-kilowatt hours of energy.
My team and I are passionate about finding opportunities to reduce emissions. We have Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers at our Mountain View location (pictured above) and also recently installed EV chargers at our Tucson and Dublin locations. By placing solar panels on our parking structure in Mountain View, we cut our electrical consumption in the building attached by almost 95 percent.
We’re also retrofitted the cooling system in Tucson, connecting the older system to a newer one that provided an opportunity for free cooling. Now, when temperatures drop in the fall, winter, and spring months, we can cool portions of our data center for free at certain times. This was a huge win for our GHG goals as our electrical demand during specific months has been cut significantly (picture of the pipe run, merging the two systems to one is below). These efforts, as well as other efforts by our global facilities team, have led Symantec to achieve a 19 percent reduction in GHGs as of FY17.
The global facilities team is always thinking about ways to manage a more sustainable Symantec Real Estate footprint. Facility management touches everything in our buildings and labs, from HVAC, solar, lighting, and clean energy, to recycling and water conservation. Our team works across all of these areas, seizing opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint.
We strive to help employees identify items that can be composted or recycled in Mountain View (signage efforts show below), to minimize the amount of trash we are sending to landfills. We also turned off all of our water features during the California drought, and had them redesigned to be employee spaces, replacing the grass with drought tolerant plants.
All of these initiatives have truly been a team effort, by both Symantec and our partners at Cushman and Wakefield. Doing this work for Symantec for four years, I’ve seen that all of us can play a part in corporate responsibility. Management is always willing to listen to Symantec employees when it comes to new ideas and opportunities. I encourage everyone at the company to look, listen, and let us know what you’re seeing with new or up and coming environmental trends and ideas that could help us positively impact the world. You don’t need any specialized knowledge or skills to participate! Look through the Symantec’s Corporate Responsibility website and get inspired to make a sustainable impact at work (or at home!).
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