Energetics considers it a corporate responsibility to conserve energy and reduce our environmental footprint by buying renewable power, reusing and recycling office supplies, incorporating green practices into our facilities, and much more.
We participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership by purchasing renewable energy certificates equal to 20% of our total electricity use. Since 2008, Energetics' renewable power purchases have avoided nearly 700,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions—roughly equivalent to removing 60 vehicles from the road for one year. We also purchase only Energy Star-qualified products for all eligible office equipment, and have incorporated natural lighting into our floor plans where possible to reduce lighting needs.
Recycling and Upcycling
Energetics uses recycled paper in all of our facilities. To reduce paper volume, double-sided printing is a default on all printers. We recycle all paper, plastic, cans, and glass, and reuse or donate unneeded computer equipment, furniture, and other office supplies whenever possible. We also recycle or properly dispose of nonworking computer equipment, batteries, and other office items.
Upcycling allows us to reduce the waste going to landfills. Non-recyclable items such as candy wrappers, chip bags, cleaning product packaging, and writing instruments are collected and sent to a company that repurposes the waste into useable products such as shopping bags, flower pots, and park benches. For every item collected, Energetics receives points that are redeemed for a cash donation to a nonprofit organization that plants trees, feeds the hungry, or provides clean water to global communities.
We encourage employees to use public transportation, bicycle, or carpool to get to work whenever possible. Energetics offers tax-free public transportation passes to promote the use of mass transportation. Many Washington-based employees routinely ride their bicycles to the DC office.