Leading the Way - Our Environment
ETM is passionate about reducing oil consumption and CO2 emissions and working to mitigate climate change. We are actively pursuing changes in energy usage and energy diversity. As a pledging partner in Sustainable Silicon Valley, ETM committed to a regional goal of reducing CO2 emissions in the Silicon Valley to 20% below their 1990 levels.
As part of this commitment, we've invested in a lighting retrofit, which included changing all light fixtures from magnetic to electronic ballast and installing occupancy light sensors to control lighting. We've also replaced our existing roof with a low emissivity "cool" roof. The white urethane foam used in this process reduces the heat absorption of the roof by 50 percent or more, and greatly reduces the energy required for air-conditioning.
ETM's Plant 1000 Bulbs program has encouraged employees to reduce energy use by providing them with a new compact fluorescent bulb for every incandescent bulb they turn in. Enthusiastic employee participation means we have already reduced our collective CO2 emissions by more than 40 tons per year. Next, we plan to explore the purchase and use of LED bulbs as a way of reducing our carbon footprint even further.
We participate in Bike to Work Day, encouraging employees to participate and providing food and prizes.
Leading the Way - Our Community
ETM recognizes that our children are our tomorrows - improving their education today benefits everyone in the future. As part of Silicon Valley Leadership Group (http://svlg.org/), we have sponsored the Middle School Math Initiative (http://svlg.org/campaigns/lab4learning/index.php), which seeks to improve math instruction for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.
ETM is a founding and continuing sponsor of the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot (http://svturkeytrot.com/), a Thanksgiving Day 5K walk/run. This event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, benefiting the Children's Health Initiative, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County.