In 2006, Plantronics completed a new solar implementation that creates 200 kilowatts of solar energy annually, which reduces C02 emissions by 465,000 pounds — essentially offsetting the carbon emissions of 40 cars. When electricity generation in the state is at maximum capacity, Plantronics voluntarily donates stored electricity from its solar panels to help relieve the system under the Demand Bid program.
All Santa Cruz buildings comply with the state’s Savings by Design regulations and feature lowflow toilets, waterless urinals and landscaping that requires little or no irrigation. The Plantronics Café uses locally grown food from farms in the Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Purchasing locally grown products helps support local companies and keeps our employees healthy. Additionally, by buying local, we help cut down on emissions associated with the food shipment and delivery process.
Santa Cruz non-profit organizations benefit from Plantronics recycling programs. Collected materials are donated and then resold to fund programs providing as much as one million pounds of food to seniors and shut-ins throughout the Santa Cruz County.
In 2006, Plantronics' manufacturing and design center in Suzhou, China was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for environmental sustainability. It is the only manufacturing facility in all of China to achieve LEED certification. All Suzhou buildings feature insulated roof systems, natural light, energy-rated roof coating, and insulated block walls. The facility uses rainwater collection ponds, storm water irrigation, recycled condensation water from air conditioning units, and an innovative reverse-osmosis
Non-toxic interior finishes, a fume extraction system, and natural lighting are used throughout the Suzhou facility to ensure a quality work environment. The facility promotes alternative transportation by providing covered ports with battery chargers for electric scooters, coordinated bus transportation, and bike air pumps and storage. Plantronics estimates that more than 90 percent of employees will eventually use alternative transportation.
Plamex, Plantronics’ manufacturing facility in Mexico, is internationally recognized for its environmental leadership. Plamex is the only facility in the world to win both the Ibero American and Asia Pacific Quality awards, recognizing its long-standing commitment to total quality management through planning and programs that encourage environmental sustainability, among others. Plamex has also received the Waste Reduction & Recycling award from the City of San Diego, and is Clean Industry certified by Mexico.
Plamex achieved these successes by incorporating environmental responsibility within associates’ personal goals, and providing progressive training to spur innovation and change. To date, Plamex has implemented 57 associate-driven green programs, many of which have extended beyond the Plamex building. For instance, early in 2007 Plamex gave 500 trees to associates to plant at their homes or in their communities. The idea for the program stemmed from a company wide contest for associates and their families.