Corporate Responsibility

The Big Lift

The Big Lift

Our project to install a 2.5 megawatt wind turbine at Applied’s Varian Semiconductor Equipment site at Gloucester, MA is nearing completion.Last month we posted a time-lapse video showing the transport of one of the 160-foot long rotor blades through the streets of Gloucester.Now, here are some snapshots from the process of mounting the rotor assembly to the nacelle which sits atop the 328 foot tall tower. With National Grid approval scheduled for November 26 we’re just days away from throwing the switch!Click through to see all the photographs.
Applied Materials Feeds Families in Need

Applied Materials Feeds Families in Need

Applied Materials has once again rallied employees for the company’s Annual Food Drive.  With a history of more than 30 years of community involvement, Applied runs one of the largest corporate food drives in North America where employees join together to donate time, food and funds to make a difference in the community.  Applied Materials President Gary Dickerson and Kathy Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties kicked off the 2012 Applied Materials Food Drive at the company headquarters in Santa Clara, CA by donating more than 8,000 pounds of food.
Jump on the Trot Trajectory

Jump on the Trot Trajectory

Things are looking up … always up… since the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot started eight years ago.  A solid base of volunteers has supported an ever growing number of community members who gather in downtown San Jose to join a 5K walk or 10K run on Thanksgiving morning.  And, the dollars raised for three charities have hit a new high each year.Join us this Thanksgiving morning for the Turkey Trot by registering TODAY to help generate funds for Second Harvest Food Bank, the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, and the Children’s Health Initiative.Help us put the 2012 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot over the top!
Innovation through Student Competitions

Innovation through Student Competitions

It is a thrill to experience the energy, creativity, and enthusiasm of young people from around the world as they apply their curiosity and talents to address significant global challenges.  There are budding scientists and innovators all around us and I have been fortunate to recently visit with some of the best.On an October Saturday in Datong City, China, one hundred students from 35 universities melded into five integrated, multi-lingual teams and immediately found their unique competitive spirit.  The teams eagerly answered trivia questions, celebrated correct answers, and were awarded materials allowing them to build a traditional Chinese structure – an Ancient Chinese Bucket Arch which is created by locking beams and requires no nails or cement to stand for hundreds of years. Amazing!
Something BIG is Happening...

Something BIG is Happening...

A “sneak peek” of the much anticipated 2.5 megawatt wind turbine — one of the largest turbines on the eastern seaboard — which is making its way to the Applied Materials Gloucester, MA site!When completed, the installation of the wind turbine will supply greater than 30% of the site’s electricity and reduce site operating expenses by more than $1 million annually. What’s more, 99% of the power generated by the turbine will be used on-site, resulting in a 34% projected reduction in CO2 emissions—greatly reducing Applied’s carbon footprint.
Seeking Silicon Valley: The Art & Technology Network

Seeking Silicon Valley: The Art & Technology Network

I was a bit hesitant when encouraged to interact with a gigantic, spiked, helium-filled orb.  But punching and pushing the transparent balloon to, literally, leave my mark – in charcoal on the white walls, ceiling and floor of the exhibit - at the opening of the Zero1 Biennial was actually great fun!But not until the creator of the kinetic sculpture, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, explained to me that the work, named “Ada,” was actually an analog interactive installation linked to both Lord Byron and Charles Babbage did I start to see the giant globe as living at the intersection of technology and art.That is what Zero1’s “Seeking Silicon Valley” is all about.  The Festival runs from September 14 through December 8 both online and at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in California.  Check out the solar phone booth at Gore Park, visit the Computer History Museum to learn about Google Doodles, enjoy live performances and public art, and be sure to go meet Ada at the Garage!
Designing for Impact

Designing for Impact

This was my third year attending the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (CGI). It seems to get better every year. Between the world leaders, superstar nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, foundations and corporations, former President Clinton has created a movement that is changing the world in sustainable ways.  At my first meeting, I was learning about environmental philanthropy and investigating potential partners.  Today it is all about our commitment to action, the amazing results of our first CGI commitment, and the announcement of our second. In the video below I discuss our commitment in a bit more detail.
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The Collaborative Economy and the Planet

Can sharing goods and services help save the planet?  That was one of a number of provocative questions posed by Van Jones in a Master class offered by the Presidio Graduate School.  You may recall Jones as the passionate human rights and green jobs proponent who served briefly in the Obama Administration.  The problem statement with which he launched the class was that consumerism is threatening the planet’s future as we extract more and more resources and throw away more and more things, i.e. waste.  Collaborative economics was described as a “nation of neighbors”, where we share with one another and rely more on our social capital than strictly upon financial capital.  Jones capsulized it as follows:  “do we want to treat our planet as if we are locusts (consuming the planet) or as honeybees (living, building and producing together)?”Sharing can be part of the solution to the ecological problems that come from excess consumerism.