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Global warming threatens the places we care about most deeply and the farming systems we depend on to grow our food. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the major source of global warming pollution and is caused largely by the burning of fossil fuels to generate electricity, fuel transportation and run manufacturing operations. Conventional agriculture—which uses 30 percent to 50 percent more fossil fuels than organic farming—also contributes significantly to global warming.
Our 2015 goal is to continue to offset our annual carbon footprint and to reduce our carbon emissions 10% below 2009 levels. We have a threefold approach to climate action that aims to help us do that by:
1. Reducing our use of fossil fuels when possible.
- A solar array on the roof of our office certified LEED Platinum headquarters generates 80 percent of our electricity. A solar thermal array heats our water, too.
- Our Cool Car incentive program helps employees buy an electric car, a fuel-efficient hybrid car or a car that runs on biodiesel.
- Our Cool Commute program rewards employees who leave their car at home and walk, bike, or take public transportation.
- Our Cool Home program provides annual funding to help employees make energy efficient upgrades to their home or install solar panels.
- Our ofﬁce ﬂeet and ﬁeld marketing trucks operate on biodiesel fuel.
2. Helping to build new sources of clean, renewable energy through our carbon offsets.
- To take responsibility for the carbon emissions generated by our headquarters, business travel, bakeries and shipping to our warehouses, we’re helping build new school- and community-based wind farms in partnership with NativeEnergy. The wind farms generate clean, renewable energy that offsets our annual carbon emissions.
- In 2007 we offset our historic carbon emissions dating back to the company’s start in 1992.
3. Connecting with others to build the climate movement. (We realize it’s not enough just to green our own facilities).
- In 2014 we announced our “50/50 by 2020” initiative for our supply chain partners. Our goal is to get 50 of our key supplier facilities to transition to at least 50% green energy by 2020.
- In 2009 we joined BICEP—Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy—to speak up for strong national policies that would limit carbon emissions and promote use of renewable energy.
PHOTO CREDIT: Native Energy, Inc. Used with permission.
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