Founded in 2008, IEc’s Green Committee consists of employee volunteers who track the environmental impacts of our facilities and
operations and promote steps to reduce our impact. In accordance with IEc’s Sustainability Policy, we are committed to:
- Pursuing aggressive alternative transportation, energy efficiency, waste minimization, and recycling measures in our workplace;
- Measuring and managing our carbon footprint; and
- Engaging employees to advance sustainability at work, at home, and in our community.
Sustainability at a Glance: 2015
IEc’s office is located in the Henderson Carriage building, a renovated historic building in a section of Cambridge that is accessible
by multiple modes of transit, with a walk score of 95, bike score of 78, and public transit score of 70.
To promote alternative
transportation use, IEc employees can pay for certain commuting expenses on a pre-tax basis and have access to discounted Hubway and Zipcar memberships.
Within our office space, IEc promotes energy efficiency with an open floor plan that takes advantage of natural daylight, and efficient lighting
fixtures throughout. We have also installed occupancy sensors in conference rooms and other public spaces to minimize energy use.
IEc also strives to reduce our environmental footprint through aggressive waste minimization and recycling measures. To minimize waste,
IEc provides reusable dishware and kitchen towels for employees’ use, gives each new hire a reusable water bottle and tote bag, and offers
employees the option of receiving electronic paystubs. In addition, IEc recycles paper, cardboard, plastic bags, and plastic, glass, and
metal containers; composts tea bags and coffee grounds; and works with local companies to reuse or safely recycle electronic waste from work and home.
IEc calculates our carbon footprint annually by tracking scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions from business operations and employee practices.
Our carbon footprint includes emissions from electricity consumption, HVAC, employee commuting, and business travel.
The results of this analysis allow us to examine carbon intensive practices and inform IEc’s carbon reduction strategy.
Another key focus of IEc’s efforts is to encourage employees to pursue sustainability at home and in our community. To do so, IEc sponsors
a series of employee-led “skill shares” on how to integrate more environmentally friendly practices into everyday activities.
Examples of recent skill shares include cooking with local ingredients, eco-friendly shopping, bike maintenance, gardening, and
composting. Each year, IEc staff also participate in approximately three volunteer events with local environmental organizations,
such as the Food Project, Bikes Not Bombs, Charles River Watershed Association, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and others.