“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

24 Jun 2020

At Sol Systems, how we deliver for our customers and investors is as important as the value we create for them.

Sol strives to have a sustainable impact on our communities socially, economically, and environmentally. We do this by developing clean, sustainable energy infrastructure, and just as importantly, incorporating these values into our business practices and company culture.  Our workplace community is driven by employee initiatives aimed at fostering sustainability in our own communities and those we serve. Continually, we look for ways to reduce our environmental impact, engage in community service, and make financial contributions that reflect and amplify our values.

A Renewed Commitment to Renewal

We know that our personal actions speak louder than words. That’s why in 2019, Sol set a goal to be carbon neutral in our business operations. To facilitate actions towards achieving this goal, Sol launched our Sustainability Task Force to identify our current carbon emissions, evaluate areas for improvement, and implement measures to reduce our corporate carbon footprint.

The task force engaged the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which is leading the fight against climate change by making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to reduce and offset their climate impact and hasten the transition to a clean energy future. 

To start, the task force surveyed and gathered data from all employees to calculate the company’s emissions in six main categories:

  1. Office Emissions
  2. Business Travel
  3. Employee Commute
  4. Events
  5. Paper
  6. Shipping

This carbon inventory provided Sol Systems with a benchmark to analyze its current carbon emission levels and data on specific carbon emission categories.

The task force then designed a carbon management plan including short and long-term strategies to ensure the way we execute our business operations is aligned with our vision for a sustainable and healthy world.  

Our standard operating procedures now include:

  • Office composting services provided by a local company
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Meatless Mondays
  • Annual purchase of carbon offsets for emissions that could not be avoided

In 2019, Sol Systems achieved its carbon neutral goal for our corporate office with the implementation of practices aimed at reducing our emissions and the purchase of offsets through Carbonfund.org.

What we have learned, however, is that carbon neutrality cannot just be a goal. It must be a strategic priority. This is why we are committed to a net zero carbon footprint.  Also, we are expanding our carbon management analysis beyond our business operations to include vendor/partner relationships, community outreach, and education efforts internally and externally.

We constantly seek to improve, and we welcome your feedback and partnership to build a sustainable future for our children. 

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Liz Weir

Liz Weir