Practical Ways to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint
Fernando Icaza is studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School. He participated in the Carbon Reduction Challenge, at the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business at the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, funded by a grant from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation's NextGen Committee and the Scheller College Dean's Innovation Fund. The Challenge is an affiliated project of the Georgia Tech Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain.
The Home Depot enhances its sustainability and corporate responsibility efforts each year by helping customers, suppliers, and business partners minimize their negative environmental impact. In the supply chain and facilities sector, Home Depot reduces carbon emissions through utilization of renewable energy sources, alternative packing materials, water conservation efforts, and avoidance of harmful chemicals.
Having participated in Dr. Kim Cobb’s Carbon Reduction Challenge in EAS 3110 last semester, I had exposure to identifying “the low-hanging fruit”—that is, carbon reduction ideas that can make an impact with relatively easy changes. Early this summer, my team and I met with Mark Schleier, manager of Environmental Sustainability at The Home Depot.