It’s no secret that a movement takes a groundswell. When it comes to sustainability, for years there’s been no shortage of determined hearts and boots on the ground. We hear story after story of employees across Comcast NBCUniversal who champion environmental responsibility in their work, personal lives, and communities.
Our employees’ care and ingenuity inspire our Chief Sustainability Officer, Susan Jin Davis. In 2017, Jin Davis and team established a strategy to unite and focus our collective energies around a company-wide vision: creating a culture of sustainable innovation that inspires environmental responsibility. We hope to empower more employees to foster a cleaner, healthier environment.
“We already had a sustainable culture in place,” she says. “It was just a matter of defining how we could be deliberate, proactive, and purposeful in our strategy to make an even bigger impact.”
Our strategy revolves around four focus areas: energy and emissions, materials and waste, products and experiences, and engagement and outreach. We’re transforming the way we operate by expanding our use of renewables and creating an eco-friendly fleet to reduce our emissions. We’re promoting recycling and responsible water use to reduce waste. We’re making our products and experiences more efficient for customers and the planet, and we’re actively promoting sustainability in our communities through partnerships and volunteer work.
In fact, in 2017, we committed to reaching 500,000 hours of green volunteering by 2020. And that’s not our only goal.
Looking to the future, Jin Davis has challenged employees to start thinking about a company that has zero emissions, zero waste, and 100% renewable energy.
“I always think about the bigger picture of everything we do,” she says. “We operate around businesses, homes, schools and people. Somewhere in that chain is where Comcast could make a direct impact on world problems.
“Our challenge is: How fast can we go? Because people are at the gate. They’re ready to run.”
Changemaker: Susan Jin Davis
Susan Jin Davis is our first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer. Jin Davis grew up in a large immigrant family. When you don’t have roots in the United States, she says, you must carve your own pathway. She has done that and more, not only for Comcast NBCUniversal but also for our world.
Jin Davis has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable and one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable by Cablefax.
Jin Davis is a powerhouse force for good. And now she’s leading the charge to make sustainability the future of our company. Her passion shines through every day.
“To make the air our children breathe better. To make the water we drink cleaner. To make our communities healthier and our world better. That’s what really motivates me,” she says. “It’s something meaningful beyond ourselves.”
A Blueprint for More Green
The Comcast Center, our 58-story LEED Gold® corporate headquarters, has been the greenest and tallest building in Philadelphia — until now. We’re setting a higher standard with our new 60-story Comcast Technology Center, opening this year.
The state-of-the-art building is seeking LEED Platinum® certification, the highest level available, as an environmentally efficient workplace. With features like a daylight-harvesting system, which makes best use of natural light by increasing or decreasing interior LED lighting based on the amount of available outside light, a green roof to absorb and retain water, and an anaerobic digester that breaks down food waste to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, we’re thinking green.