At Smith & Associates, the words “green” and “sustainability” aren’t just buzzwords. Rather, they represent a core shift in attitudes and actions, and fundamentally change the way we do business for the better. As green business operations continue to grow inside businesses around the world, we are proud to be a leader in this movement. On that front, Smith was recently named an "e-Stewards Enterprise" by the Basel Action Network, the world’s only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts. The certification further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to becoming a fully sustainable worldwide organization and an industry leader in implementing solutions addressing pervasive global environmental problems including e-waste.
Massive Scale of Global E-waste Problem
E-waste has evolved into a growing global environmental challenge with profound and long-lasting repercussions on the environment. Governments from around the world, including U.S. environmental policies, have been slow to address the issue. With the mass proliferation of desktop computers, laptops and smart phones flooding the market, e-waste is now the fastest growing part of the U.S. garbage stream. According to Time Magazine, Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers every day. Improperly disposed of, the lead, mercury and other toxic materials inside e-waste can leak from landfills and pollute communities.
Environmental Leadership Stems from a Strong Corporate Culture
Smith & Associates has been aggressively implementing a strong corporate culture whereby environmental sustainability is a key focus of a larger commitment toward "green" practices. We have partnered with companies including ONTILITY and Solar Community to make our Houston corporate headquarters a prime example of green innovation, including:
- Installation of a "cool roof" and solar TPO poly roof system which saves non-renewable resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
- Solar installation includes 140kW of renewable energy generated by a solar photovoltaic (PV) system located on the roof and parking structure, plus a solar thermal system for producing hot water.
- LED and more energy-efficient metal halide lights have been installed to reduce energy and increase lighting efficiency for all exterior light fixtures and poles, including entrance and ground lighting.
Greater Business Community Collaborating to Reduce E-Waste
Smith & Associates recognizes that a collaborative effort will yield greater environmental rewards. Strategic partnerships with Ontility and SolarCommunity have resulted in significant reductions in e-waste and the conservation of valuable energy resources in 2011; we will continue to implement additional changes to ensure reaching our goal of becoming a 100 percent fully sustainable organization.
To learn more about Smith’s environmental sustainability efforts, please visit our “Going Green” page.