Earth Day 2008: Are You Green?
Sprint takes three separate green ideas into account with its business: climate change, energy, and green buildings. It also has a recycling program of its own.
Sprint knows that it can help reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and has made that one of its three main "green" goals. The majority of Sprint’s emissions come from its energy use, both in its network and in its facilities. Sprint has been actively working to reduce its energy impact for the past several years. Sprint hopes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by increasing its use of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydrogen fuel cells. Sprint is also investing in these non-fossil fuel-based sources to help further the development and speed their time to market. Sprint hopes to use these alternate greener fuels to power its network and buildings.
It also believes that building buildings that minimize environmental impact is important. As such, is Overland, Kan., facility was built with the environment in mind. Some of the features included in the building are: capturing site run-off water to use for landscape irrigation; Restoring wetlands and natural landscape; Plantings of more than 6,000 trees; use of landscaping for shade; Dedication of 60 percent of the campus to green space; reducing transportation emissions; and Provision of bicycles near campus buildings for employee use on campus.
Of course, we can't leave out recycling. Sprint has two separate recycling programs. The Sprint Project Connect lets users bring in their old wireless phones, batteries, accessories and connection cards, regardless of make, model, or service provider to be recycled. All of the net proceeds go to benefit Internet safety for kids. Sprint's other program is called Sprint Buyback. With the Buyback program, Sprint customers may return their used Sprint or Nextel wireless phones to its buy back program. If your old phone is eligible for the program, you may get a credit towards the purchase of a new phone. Not bad!