|Go Green Initiatives Effect Positive Change at Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin kicked off its Go Green program in 2008 with an aggressive set of goals aimed at reducing the adverse environmental impact of its operations. We exceeded two of our three goals, reducing water consumption by 11 percent and waste sent to landfill by nine percent. We are proud that, in only one year, we were able to make such a profound difference in the way we do business, but there is still work to be done.
Bundles of scrap materials ready for the recycling center are a familiar sight at most Lockheed Martin facilities. The company already has reduced waste sent to landfills by nine percent.
Lockheed Martin’s environmental efforts are focused on creating and maintaining sustainable business operations and processes. The Corporation is in the process of integrating environment, safety and health into every aspect of our business, including business development, product and service design, program operations and procurement.
In 2009, we are working both internally and with our suppliers to continue to deliver absolute reductions in our carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water usage each by an additional five percent from our 2008 performance.
One method we are implementing to achieve these goals is the reduction of materials coming into our facilities - mitigating the need to reuse, recycle or even landfill those waste streams. An example is the work we are doing with certain suppliers to reduce packaging on shipments into Lockheed Martin facilities. Suppliers are encouraged to speak with their respective Lockheed Martin procurement representative about ideas for reducing incoming materials, such as box size, packaging for the box and packaging materials within the box. Another example of reducing incoming materials is our chemical management program, which has already been implemented at 12 Lockheed Martin facilities. This program reduces waste by right-sizing the chemicals we purchase, and buys the amount needed for the task at hand.
Lockheed Martin has seven LEED-certified buildings, and 14 more in the certification process.
As part of Lockheed Martin’s comprehensive Go Green environmental program in 2008, we purchased more than 38 million kilowatt hours in renewable energy, upgraded HVAC and chilled water systems and conducted internal lighting efficiency projects. Another initiative is the implementation of U.S. Green Building practices. This work achieves near-term results and assures us that our buildings will continue to be efficient workplaces for years to come. Lockheed Martin now has seven LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings, with 14 additional buildings in the certification process. In the design and building of our new Center for Leadership Excellence, more than 22 percent of the products used in construction contained recycled materials. This metric would not have been achievable without the partnership of like-minded suppliers who are embracing green building techniques.
Another exciting new initiative is our Green Procurement Program (GPP), which is reflective of similar programs now underway in the Department of Defense. Our pilot for the GPP will begin with office supplies. The products we will be piloting include a variety of environmentally preferable items. Office supply buyers across the Corporation will be trained to look for and give procurement preference to green products, including remanufactured toner cartridges and recycled paper, sticky notes, folders, notepads and ink cartridges.
Lockheed Martin is focused on environmental responsibility, both within our company and in the expectations we have for our suppliers. We invite our supply chain partners to join us in this effort. Together, we can make a difference for our customers, our partners, and ultimately, our planet.
For more information about Lockheed Martin’s environmental initiatives, contact Maribeth Malloy, director of Environmental Strategy and Programs, at email@example.com, or Scott Hill, interim corporate program manager for Greening the Supply Chain, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in more information about adopting environmentally friendly practices in the industrial environment, here are some useful links:
- Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI): Tools and strategies to help businesses foster global environmental, health and safety excellence and economic success.
- EPA’s Environmental Innovation Portfolio: Sustainability practices targeting buildings and property development, purchasing and production processes, products, and waste generation in order to cost-effectively lower the material requirements, energy needs, and environmental risk of economic activity.
- EPA’s Climate Leaders: EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies.