Every year, April 22 marks a historic moment: the birth of the modern environmental movement. Today, we wanted to celebrate Earth Day by pledging our commitment to the environment, sustainability, and the fight against climate change. At ViacomCBS VCNI, we’re working hard to reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gases.
How Is Viacom Working to Better the Environment?
Our company is making strides to improve sustainability in several different areas—starting with green initiatives in various offices.
Our Amsterdam office has recently started a new recycling system, for example. Our colleagues in Milan, on the other hand, now work in a totally digital, paper-free space. Then there’s our Paris office, which recently implemented a Green Decalogue.
We’re also spearheading various global initiatives to be more environmentally friendly. Some of these include:
- Leading conversations about climate change and highlighting the urgency of the climate crisis
- Participating in social actions, such as donating excess food and set materials
- Ensuring animal welfare in all productions
- Making more responsible transportation decisions
- Reusing set materials and making production trailers greener
- Carrying out activities in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings.
Of course, having a formal plan of action is essential in reducing our impact. We recently talked about the Environmental Social and Governance Report (ESG), which aims to do just that. One of the ESG’s three pillars is sustainability, and the report details our commitment to sustainable production and operations. It also provides some metrics for how we’re doing.
What Is Green Production?
You may have heard of Green Production, another initiative that is at the center of our activity at ViacomCBS VCNI. Green Production is all about recognizing that our environmental impact extends beyond our offices. For example, in:
- Lighting. Updating lighting to LED bulbs and turning off lights when not in use are simple yet effective actions in Green Production.
- Art Department. Reusing sets, costumes, and accessories helps us reduce our footprint in this area, as does donating objects we no longer need.
- Energy. Practices like using solar panels and rechargeable batteries or prioritizing renewable energy are a vital part of green production.
- Personnel. Encouraging our personnel to car share or use electric vehicles is another critical way to reduce our impact.
We also give priority to suppliers that are as dedicated as we are to environmentally friendly practices. One example is in catering, where we opt for companies that prioritize vegan meals, reduce food waste, and don’t utilize plastic bottles or disposable cutlery.
How Can You Be More Sustainable?
Sustainability begins on an individual level. By being more aware of our environmental impact, we can create a wave of difference. If you’re wondering how to start, here are some small gestures for a healthier planet.
Be a part of the solution at work by striving to:
- Reduce waste. Use reusable water bottles and recycle the use of paper and plastics.
- Optimize resources. Install LED bulbs and print sparingly. When printing, use both sides of the paper if possible.
- Develop healthy habits. Take the stairs instead of the elevator if you can, and buy food products that are in season. Walk, bike, or take public transit to get to work.
- Involve your team. Brainstorm ways to be more environmentally conscious at work.
Be a part of the solution at home by striving to:
- Make the most of natural light. Adapt your activities and choose a good lighting place to work.
- Save energy: Save energy optimizing your devices: Change your light bulbs: use LEDs and appliances with the best environmental certificacion (A+++). Turn off the devices and household appliances that you aren’t using. The sum of all of them means a lot of energy.
- Save water: Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Plan your meals. Being thoughtful about your meals helps you to buy only what you need, therefore reducing food waste.
- Watch the temperature: Maintaining the right temperature is also a good way to save energy. The ideal temperature for a home ranges between 20-21ºC during the day and 15-17ºC at night.
- eco Transport: Leave your car at home if you can move by walking, cycling or taking public transit.
- Reduce: This does not only mean waste less energy or water. It is also acquire the things you really need to buy and consume.
- Recycle: Separate your trash. Sort plastics, glass, cardboard, and compost food scraps
- Reuse: Give your objects a second life, and mend clothing before buying new items.
There Is No Planet B
Though curbing climate change may seem like an insurmountable undertaking, small actions lead to big changes. By working together, we can fight global warming and ensure that the planet remains habitable for our children and grandchildren. Every action and every individual count.