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Behind the Laces

Brooks Hits New Benchmarks in Environmental Responsibility

We may bleed blue here at Brooks, but recently, we’ve been focused on another color: green!

When we moved into our new global headquarters in Seattle a few years ago, we signed up to be part of Seattle’s Deep Green Pilot Program. The program requires our building, known as Stone34, to use 75 percent less electricity and water than a traditional building of its size. That of course, meant a smart building that could be super-efficient as well as many employee behavioral changes that would cut back on water and energy use.

We’re excited to share that through a combination of smart building design and positive employee behavior changes, Stone34 surpassed the Deep Green Pilot Program’s (DGPP) rigorous sustainability benchmarks to become one of Seattle’s most energy- and water-efficient buildings. Stone34 is 78 percent better on energy use than average and 81 % better on water use. Nice!

But those numbers are only show part of what Brooks is doing to stay environmentally minded. We recently published our 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report, which takes a look at how we performed in areas like environmental and social responsibility last year.

Our building helps our conservation efforts a lot, but we’re also staying green and socially minded in a lot of other ways.

  • Our Shoe Box
    • Uses 100 percent recycled materials
    • Saved more than 250,000 trees since 2009
    • Saved more than 2.2 million pounds of paperboard since updating our shoe box in 2012
    • Saved more than 600,000 lbs. of shoe stuffing since we removed it from most styles in 2009
  • Production & Materials
    • Decreased greenhouse gas emissions 14 percent per shoe since 2011
    • Increased use of water-based adhesives in footwear to 71 percent, up 40 percent since 2011
    • Increased use of environmentally preferred materials to 52 percent in footwear, up 14 percent since 2009
  • Corporate Give-Back
    • Donated more than $1 million in monetary and in-kind donations, up 76% since 2014
    • Donated more than 120,000 units of new and gently used products to people in need
    • Increased employee volunteer participation to 31 percent (read more about the Brooks Run B’cause Program here)

You can read the rest of our latest corporate responsibility report below and also find more information on our corporate responsibility programs here.

About Derek
I’m a runner, a writer, and a shoe lover who enjoys morning coffee, travel, singing in the car, and getting legitimately lost on trail runs. Three things I can’t live without: bubble tea, Fridays, and my Brooks PureFlow’s.
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