“We’ve already surpassed our goal for reducing waste sent to landfills,” executives explain. “We have also implemented a rigorous and systematic approach to improve energy efficiency and resource conservation.”
Many “Green Teams” have emerged throughout the Corporation with the goal of promoting environmental awareness and employee engagement at our facilities and in the surrounding communities. Green Teams lead site-level initiatives ranging from purchasing bike racks made of recycled plastic to organizing stream cleanups and community volunteer efforts.
National Environmental Education (EE) Week
Each year, Lockheed Martin hosts National Environmental Education (EE) Week. The 2010-2011 event, which also coincided with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, featured on-site celebrations, community clean-up events, school visits and a host of green activities across the Corporation.
The EE Week theme of “Be Water and Energy Wise” asked employees to recognize daily habits (both at work and at home) that collectively impact the environment by participating in the following Corporate-wide activities:
- Lockheed Martin became a pledge driver for the 2010-2011 “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” campaign, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-organized effort encouraging Americans to preserve the environment by making small changes to daily habits and purchasing decisions. In the first month of the year-long pledge drive, more than 1,000 employees vowed to collectively reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 46 million pounds. We ranked 4th in total pledged carbon reduction among all participating organizations in the 2010-2011 campaign.
- It established “Green Zones,” where employees in the same hallway or workstation commit to an energy-saving task such as turning off computers and lights when leaving for the day. To date, there are more than 150 Green Zones throughout the Corporation.
- And, it added environment-focused curricula to “Engineers in the Classroom,” our corporate education initiative that encourages K-12 students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Passion for the Planet
For Lockheed Martin environmental engineer Ashley Bejger, “going green” is a personal matter. Every mile driven on a road to each piece of paper not recycled means a detrimental impact to precious wildlife and endangered species, which hold a special place in her heart.
Bejger works for our Marietta, Ga., operation – a 2.6 million-square-foot facility with 200 buildings. As our on-site pollution prevention coordinator, she leads numerous “go green” initiatives. Her recycling and composting program has kept 22 tons of food from landfills and properly recycled 320 tons of commingled materials. She also manages an employee-run E-SAFTE (Environment and Safety Actions for Team Excellence) program that creates safety and environmental improvements throughout the Marietta plant, including ergonomics, energy efficiencies and more. Her “household hazard waste collection event” was a huge hit, inspiring several co-workers to make a difference.
“People were thrilled to finally get rid of stuff they’d been harboring at home for years, such as old paint, motor oil and televisions,” Bejger says. “It also got people thinking about filling it back up with ‘green’ home goods, and that’s exactly what makes the difference.”