Applied Materials India Celebrates Earth Day
As part of Applied Materials’ month-long EarthWorks program celebrating Earth Day, employees in Bangalore, India contributed and supported a variety of activities, including making a conscious effort to continuously recycle, reuse and reduce their footprints on the environment.
This month, as part of our ongoing efforts the India employees have collected, segregated and recycled:
- 30 kilograms of plastic waste
- 215 kilograms of paper waste, which was provided to Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, an organization empowering the visually impaired, disabled and under-privileged in India, for use by visually impaired children to assist in Braille writing and for further recycling
- 31 pieces of electronic equipment, including desktop computers, 28 monitors, 17 laptops, 13 printers
- 150 pieces of universal waste, including fluorescent lamps, cartridges and lighting coils, through the Lovedale Foundation for reuse/recycling and funds to benefit educating underserved children.
Additionally, the India office continued to conserve water through ongoing water processing at the local waste water/waste treatment plant, and reduced their energy use, removing a third of the lamps in their offices from each electrical light fixture, saving approximately 12,769 kilowatts per month, the equivalent of CO2 emissions from approximately 21 barrels of oil consumed.
Employees also contributed and volunteered in planting more than 100 sapling trees, and with the help of the Applied Materials Foundation, were able to transport the saplings with a company-donated vehicle to the Trees for Free foundation, a nonprofit organization that coordinates tree planting activities in Bangalore.
In India’s Chennai office, employees organized a contest encouraging their coworkers to share ideas that can be implemented to save energy and save the Earth. The winning idea would then be implemented across daily business operations.