The National Geographic Society – For Planet and People Media Category Award

February 21, 2012

Today we would like to highlight our Media Category award winner, The National Geographic Society in our For Planet and People Blog Series.

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888, including areas of geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.  National Geographic has paid special attention to the impact of their own activities on the Earth and has truly lived up to’s motto to Reduce what you can, Offset what you can’t™.  National Geographic recently worked with WWF to reduce CO2 emissions from operations by 80 percent by the end of 2010 and to reduce CO2 emissions from its magazine paper and printing materials supply chain by 10 percent by 2015.  In 2007, they achieved LEED-EB Gold, and the NGS Headquarters also has placed these buildings in the top 25% of the most energy-efficient buildings in the USA. National Geographic keeps more than 70 percent of all its waste out of landfills, their employees are able to compost their lunch leftovers as well as the cafeteria’s special compostable takeaway containers, cups, and straws. And this is in addition to a robust HQ recycling program including electronics, ink toners, metals, plant materials, and most building and office supplies. What they have been unable to reduce on their premises, they have offset with for four years. This work would not be possible without the employee-driven efforts of their GoGreen Committee, and specifically Hans Wegner.