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About Sustainability


FAQs


1. What do we mean when we say “Sustainability”?
2. What is a carbon foot print?
3. How do we measure our corporate progress toward going green and becoming sustainable?
4. What does ADTRAN’s 4Rs stand for?
5. What is the purpose of the ADTRAN Green Team?
6. What can employees, as good environmental stewards, do at work and at home in support of sustainability?
7. What green programs are in place at ADTRAN today?
8. What is single-stream recycling?
9. Are other ADTRAN facilities participating in green programs?

1. What do we mean when we say “Sustainability”?
Sustainability is defined as "the ability to meet current needs without hindering the ability to meet the needs of future generations in terms of economic, environmental and social challenges."

2. What is a carbon foot print?
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. It is meant to be useful for individuals, nations and organizations to conceptualize their personal (or organizational) impact in contributing to global warming.

3. How do we measure our corporate progress toward going green and becoming sustainable?
We utilize targets and objectives initially formulated by the Environmental Group Action Leaders and approved by executive management. These objectives and targets are assigned action items and implementation dates, tracked and measured, and reviewed during Quality management review meetings. Landfill baseline usage information has been established and is monitored as we continue to reduce waste stream substances.

4. What does ADTRAN’s 4Rs stand for?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rethink.
Reduce – Use less and save resources that cannot be totally eliminated
Reuse – Extend the usable life of natural, company resources by using the material in other applications.
Recycle – Transform the material into another useful form after their initial application life and reducing landfill space for waste.
Rethink – Reconsider a better way of doing things. Consider options to reduce resource and energy use as well as costs.

5. What is the purpose of the ADTRAN Green Team?
The “Green Team” is comprised of a cross functional group of key employees from all phases of ADTRAN business. This team reviews individual aspects of our business and processes with the overall goal of reducing our carbon footprint through sound, sustainable, environmental and financial practices.

6. What can employees, as good environmental stewards, do at work and at home in support of sustainability?
At work employees can offer suggestions through the corporate suggestion program for continually improving our green programs. Employees can turn off their lights when leaving their offices, when feasible print on both sides of paper, follow recycling guidelines and encourage others to follow the 4R’s of environmental stewardship.
At home we can recycle and be energy efficient in how we use our natural resources. Take advantage of ADTRAN’s carpooling program. Combine tasks to reduce driving requirements. Use and reuse canvas grocery bags instead of plastic ones.

7. What green programs are in place at ADTRAN today?
ADTRAN recycles tons of scrap material annually. Cardboard, product components, computer equipment and housings are some of the material currently being recycled. The recycling program is currently expanding to include aluminum, bi-metal, magazines, newspaper, office paper, plastic bottles #1 and #2, and shrink wrap material. ADTRAN has reduced its energy consumption with the implementation of automated HVAC controls, energy efficient light bulb change over and a turn off your lights company-wide awareness campaign. From recycling to the utilization of grass eating carp in the lake to reduce the use of herbicides. ADTRAN continually looks for innovative ways to promote a greener environment.

8. What is single-stream recycling?
"Single-stream" recycling refers to the recycling of common work place goods through a centralized container system, i.e. bottles, cans, paper, etc. can be collected at the work site in a single container.

9. Are other ADTRAN facilities participating in green programs?
Yes, there are other ADTRAN facilities currently recycling. We will continue to foster and implement energy conservation and recycling programs where feasible. Some satellite locations are leased facilities and are governed by the facilities owners which preside over the parameters of the recycling efforts.