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Autodesk’s 5th Sustainability Report: “Sustainability in Action”
By 2050, the world’s rapidly growing population is predicted to reach 9 billion. Already pushing the limits of our planet, the implications are staggering. At Autodesk, important work is being done to fully understand and address the epic challenges that 9 billion people present. Yet there is still much to do.

On April 30, Autodesk launched its fifth sustainability report – “Sustainability in Action”. More than a snapshot of our progress over the past year, the report is a declaration of Autodesk’s commitment to helping people imagine, design and create a better world in which 9 billion people can thrive. Some highlights from our report include the following:
• We reduced our carbon footprint by 8% YOY, or 34% over our base year (FY09) to 56,400 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent on target to meet our target set with C-FACT.
• We published a human rights policy describing how we promote human rights among our employees, suppliers and business partners, and our customers.
• Employees logged 6,000 volunteer hours, and donated nearly $282,000 to nonprofits, Autodesk contributed with additional cash matches totaling $256,000.

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  1. 1. Progress Report FY2013 February 2012–January 2013Sustainability in ActionFrom epic challenges to integrated solutions
  2. 2. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY20132Table of contentsLetter from our CEO 3Performance summary 4Strategy for a better world 7Products and solutions 12Carbon footprint 24Other impacts from operations 31Ethics and compliance 33Employees 36Suppliers and business partners 41Community support 43About this report 46United Nations Global Compact index 47Global Reporting Initiative index 48
  3. 3. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY20133than 125 million users—some of the most creative, andconnected, people in the world—to innovate thesolutions our planet needs. They already use our toolsto design radically efficient buildings, create infrastruc-ture that uses resources more wisely, and manufactureproducts—from microchips to automobiles—with smallerfootprints. Through better and better tools, easiercollaboration, and an inspired user community, Autodeskis helping people create solutions for our shared challenges.Of course our primary focus is on our customers, andon helping them to reach their goals. But we’re alsocontinuing to reduce our environmental impact, builda great workplace, and live our values every day.Reflecting this commitment, we endorse the UnitedNations Global Compact, a voluntary initiative thatoutlines 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labor,environment, and anticorruption.For me, this isn’t simply a sustainability report: it’s alsoa declaration of commitment by me, by Autodeskleadership, and by our thousands of employees to helpthe global community of people who are, right now,creating a better world.I hope you’ll join us.Sincerely,Carl BassChief Executive OfficerAutodeskDesign has always been humanity’s competitive advantage.Considering the challenges we face as a global popula-tion over the coming decades, I believe we will come torely on this strength more than ever.By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on Earth, demand-ing and deserving adequate food, medicine, shelter, andcomfort. History has shown us that failing to addresssuch demands eventually leads to instability and crisis.Somehow we must meet these growing needs while atthe same time significantly reducing global resource use.We will have to rethink, redefine, and redesign the waywe live, the way we create solutions, and the way wemeasure progress. Our challenges today are complex and urgent, but I’mconfident that we can overcome and design our way outof them together. Today, we have the tools to help usimprove and accelerate every step of the design process.Collaboration platforms that were unimaginable a decadeago are now taken for granted. Testing and iteration thatonce took years can now be achieved in minutes. Crowd-sourcing and crowdfunding are tearing down barriers andenabling us to more fully tap human ingenuity.At Autodesk, we embrace the challenges of our rapidlychanging world, and we are no longer satisfied withsimply making the world’s best design software. That’swhy we’re evolving our own business to better supportprofessionals and amateurs alike who are creatingsolutions for 9 billion people to live well, and to livewithin the limits of our planet.Autodesk is in a perfect position to build on and expandour work helping people imagine, design, and create abetter world. We’re committed to helping our moreLetter from our CEO
  4. 4. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY20134Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions [tCO2e]C-FACT carbon intensity ratio [tCO2e/relative contribution to world GDP]GHG emissions intensity [tCO2e/million US$ revenue]GHG emissions intensity [tCO2e/employee]GHG emissions intensity [tCO2e/1,000 active square feet]Scope 1: Direct emissions from owned/controlled operations [tCO2e]Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the use of purchasedelectricity, steam, heating, and cooling [tCO2e]Scope 3: UpstreamPurchased goods and services [tCO2e]Fuel- and energy-related activities (not included in scope 1 or scope 2) [tCO2e]Transportation and distribution [tCO2e]Waste generated in operations [tCO2e]Business travel [tCO2e]Employee commuting [tCO2e]Leased assets [tCO2e]Scope 3: DownstreamTransportation and distribution [tCO2e]End-of-life treatment of sold products [tCO2e]Energy use [MWh]Direct energy use [MWh]Indirect energy use [MWh]Electricity purchased by Autodesk [MWh]Electricity purchased by landlord [MWh]Revenue [million US$]GAAP gross profit [million US$]GAAP net income [million US$]GAAP diluted earnings per share [US$]Relative contribution to world GDP [million US$ contribution/trillion US$ world GDP]FY2013Performance summary1$2,315.2$2,096.1$183.6$0.8034.285,8002.5137.111.047.54,2506,07074,5002,0701,0901,0501,08038,20019,00012,0001,00089810453,20011,70041,50019,60021,90062,5002.2533.59.1936.84,3205,78051,8001,48099576887226,50010,40010,80064257765.045,4007,62037,80016,60021,20060,6002.3035.38.9033.82,3607,36050,0002,0401,10092080223,80010,40010,90087578490.649,30011,20038,10018,20019,90061,6002.1727.88.2135.73,1403,71054,1001,47082477889529,60011,5008,92067560669.035,8002,71033,10015,30016,90014,9000.5025.22.098.6157387313,30061324334.614.17,5103,0801,77013312013.411,60098910,6005,8704,06012,7000.4422.31.797.2946197211,10042228035.414.24,9003,2202,24013612313.712,10036111,8006,3004,81011,7000.4321.41.656.7149086610,20050725735.414.34,2303,2101,97013612313.711,30044110,8005,7304,45056,4001.9424.47.9532.92,1603,39050,3003,0901,00014156.225,70012,7007,66054248854.646,6003,17043,50023,10017,20017,2000.5628.32.4210.464067715,7001,55022335.413.59,0403,1901,68013612313.711,7001,38010,3005,2503,910$1,713.7$1,521.9$58.0$0.2526.3$1,951.8$1,755.2$212.0$0.9027.8$2,215.6$1,986.5$285.3$1.2228.4$2,312.2$2,073.7$247.7$1.0729.1$588.6$529.8$78.9$0.3429.7$568.7$508.9$64.6$0.2828.6$548.0$490.1$29.4$0.1327.5$606.9$544.9$74.5$0.3230.6FY2009EconomyEnvironmentClimate changeFY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4Key metrics
  5. 5. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY20135WasteSuppliersEnvironmental complianceRenewable energy [MWh]Renewable energy purchased [MWh]Renewable energy certificates [MWh]Renewable energy [as a percent of total indirect energy use]Carbon offset from renewable energy [metric tons CO2e]Carbon offsets [as a percent of total GHG emissions]Buildings with LEED®certificationBuildings with LEED certification [as a percent of total active square footage]Waste generation [metric tons]Recycling [metric tons]Compost [metric tons]Energy recovery [metric tons]Landfill [metric tons]Landfill diversion rate [percent]Coverage of data [as a percent of total active square footage]Number of suppliers with green certifications2[approximate]Percentage of supply chain spending with suppliers that have green certifications [approximate]Environmental violationsEnvironmental fines [US$]Number of employeesEmployee engagement3[percent]Global gender diversity4[percent female]Board of DirectorsCompany officers, executives, and senior managementManagers and supervisorsAll employeesSocietyEmployeesFY2009 FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY20132,04080.91,9604.91%7520.876%21%--------------7,80078%11%21%25%30%----0$00$00$00$00$0271166--30.274.872%16%6,80069%22%21%24%30%4005%196130--20.745.377%12%6,80072%22%23%25%30%----250162--22.665.474%16%28116431.222.663.278%22%7,50073%22%22%26%29%7,10071%20%19%23%29%3003%30010%2,9601942,7607.77%1,1401.88%712%4,8901,2802,82012.9%1,7002.72%510%6,1402,1603,98018.5%2,3503.81%819%11,9007,6704,27029.6%6,29011.1%1023%
  6. 6. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201361. In some cases, segments do not add up to total due to rounding. Dashes represent that data for that yearwas not available.2. According to data provided by Dun & Bradstreet.3. Represents the percentage of employees who responded favorably to three questions that measure differentaspects of employee engagement. These data are reported on a calendar year basis. Fiscal year 2013corresponds to calendar year 2012, and so forth.4. Percentages are as of the end of the calendar year, except for the board of directors, which are as of theannual meeting date (typically a few months following the end of the calendar year). In these rows fiscal year2013 corresponds to calendar year 2012, and so forth.5. Percentages are as of the end of the calendar year noted. In these rows fiscal year 2013 corresponds to calendaryear 2012, and so forth. Segments for “All nonwhite” in calendar years 2010, 2011, and 2012 do not add upto the subtotal due to nonwhite employees in nonspecified categories (such as American Indian, NativeHawaiian, and others).U.S. ethnic diversity5[percent of employees]WhiteAll nonwhiteBlack/African americanHispanicAsianTraining budgeted per employee globally, approximate [US$]Company cash contributions [US$]Arts6[percent of total]Education [percent of total]Environment/sustainability [percent of total]Health and human services [percent of total]Company product donations7Employee givingEmployee volunteer hoursCompany political contributions [US$]Community supportPublic policyFY2009 FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY20136. Percentage breakout of contributions by area made on behalf of Autodesk by the Community RelationsTeam. Does not reflect contributions made by business units.7. Autodesk calculates its product donations at commercial value. This data includes products donated throughthe Autodesk Community Relations Program. This data does not include the value of products granted tostudents and educators at no cost through the Autodesk Education Community and Autodesk AcademicResource Center (ARC). See page 44 for detail.8. Due to a systems issue, data for this year are not available.9. In fiscal year 2009, Autodesk contributed $25,000 to the North Bay Transportation Alliance in support ofthe SMART train issue that appeared as Measure Q on the 2008 general election ballot in California. Themeasure passed and is leading to the development of a light-rail transportation alternative to driving.75%25%2%5%18%$1,000$1,741,0008%22%17%53%$624,000$295,000N/A8$25,0009$0 $0 $0 $075%25%1%4%18%$1,000$1,038,00010%27%10%53%$1,500,000$222,0008,50075%25%2%5%18%$1,000$1,046,0008%24%14%54%$5,600,00$200,0004,90074%26%1%4%19%$90072%28%1%4%21%$900$1,955,0008%36%11%45%$1,095,000$255,0007,900$2,849,0008%30%11%51%$2,600,000$282,0006,000
  7. 7. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY20137Autodesk mission:Help people imagine, design,and create a better world.Strategy fora better worldBy 2050, the world’s population is predicted to reach 9billion, growing rapidly from about 7 billion today. Fora planet already pushing its limits, the implications arestaggering. This growth will intensify the complexity andurgency of the epic global challenges we face—rangingfrom hyper-urbanization and inadequate healthcare toenergy demands, climate change, and access to food andwater—making it increasingly difficult for 9 billion peopleto live well and to live within the limits of the planet.At Autodesk, we are humbled by these daunting challenges.We are also optimistic about the role our company canplay to help people imagine, design, and create a betterworld in which all 9 billion people can thrive.We are focused on four strategic priorities where wecan have the most transformative impact and helpcreate a sustainable future for all: developing innovativesustainability solutions, empowering users throughsustainable design education, accelerating breakthroughideas, and leading by example in our business operations.Provide the best sustainability solutionsAutodesk’s biggest opportunity to improve sustainabilityis through products and services that make sustainabledesign easy, insightful, and cost-effective. We providetools to more than 12 million architects, designers, andengineers who plan cities, design buildings, supply peoplewith energy and water, make consumer products, anddevelop manufacturing processes.Across our portfolio of more than 80 products and consult-ing services for the building, infrastructure, and manufac-turing sectors, we continue to integrate analytical capabili-ties, robust data sets, and design principles that help ourusers achieve higher-quality, and more sustainable, projectoutcomes. Our customers use these offerings to capitalizeon the vast and growing opportunities presented by themarket transformation toward more sustainable design.1. UN Population Division, 2007 Revision2. UN Population Division, 2007 Revision4. US Energy Administration, International Energy Outlook, 20105. WEF, 20136. FAO, “How to Feed the World in 2050,” 20097. McKinsey, “Charting our Water Future,” 2009•Hyper-urbanization: Within 35 years, 2 billionmore people will be living in the urban areas oftoday’s developing countries.1•Healthcare: By 2050, 22 percent of the world’spopulation will be 60 or older (vs. 11 percent in2000),2and the average life expectancy at birth willrise from 67 to 76.3•Energy: Global energy demand will increase by upto 50 percent by 2035.4•Climate change: To adequately decrease our reli-ance on fossil fuels, we would need to invest $700billion annually in the global building, industry, andtransport sectors.5•Food: Humanity’s caloric needs will soar 50 percentby 2050.6•Water: By the middle of the century, we will face awater supply-demand gap of up to 40 percent.7
  8. 8. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY20138Educate and empower our usersSkilled practitioners of sustainable design and engineeringare in short supply, yet we’ve never needed them more.We are committed to advancing the understanding andpractice of sustainable design. We provide profession-als, students, educators, and consumers the tools andresources they need to tackle pressing design challengesacross industries, grounded with a clear understanding ofhow to keep environmental and human impacts in mind.Since its launch in 2010, more than 1 million studentsand educators have been reached through the AutodeskSustainability Workshop, which teaches the principles andpractice of sustainability in architecture and engineer-ing. We also offer free and discounted software, sponsorsustainable design competitions, and collaborate withleading academic institutions and organizations to fostersustainability education.“At Autodesk, we’re committed tocreating a better world. As we helpshape the future of design, we byextension also help our customersshape the futures of their respectiveindustries.”—Jon PittmanVice President of Corporate Strategy, AutodeskAccelerate breakthrough ideasWe use our knowledge, skills, solutions, and financialresources to empower the people, organizations, andnew businesses whose design solutions will shape a moresustainable future. A key focus is helping to bring theirinnovations to scale.The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports theenvironmental advancements of clean technologypioneers. Through this program, we have supportedthousands of companies in 27 countries, providing themwith Autodesk software to further their groundbreakingideas. In 2013, we established an Autodesk Foundation,which will support individuals and nonprofit organiza-tions who are designing scalable high-impact solutionsto social and environmental challenges.Lead by exampleWe continually enhance our business to accelerate bestpractices in sustainable operations and to enable ouremployees to maximize their own positive impact. Usingour own sustainability solutions and those of our cus-tomers, we treat our business operations as a living labfor experimentation and improvement. To demonstrateprogress and inspire broader adoption of best practices,we measure and report our performance.Our employees are essential to these efforts. We fostera culture of ethical behavior and respect, and demandthe highest integrity in our interactions with each other,our customers, and our suppliers and business partners.We respect and promote human rights across our valuechain, and recently published our Human Rights Policydescribing our commitments in this area.Materiality assessmentFor many years, Autodesk has focused on issues wherewe can have the greatest impact – developing technol-ogy that enables sustainable design, driving adoption ofsustainable design practices, and reducing our envi-ronmental impacts. As the world rapidly changes, werecognize the importance of periodically revisiting ourassumptions. This year we worked with consulting firmBSR to conduct a materiality assessment to ensure thatwe’re focusing our efforts on the issues where we canmake the most significant contributions.We engaged executives and content experts from acrossthe company’s business groups, functions, and regions toprovide insights about the importance of environmentaland social issues to Autodesk’s success as a company,while assessing the relevance of those issues to sustain-able development. We also considered the level ofinfluence that Autodesk has in each area and thetrajectory of all of these factors between now and 2050.Through this process, we also looked for gaps or blindspots in our strategy and worked to identify emergingissues. This assessment complements other analysesconducted within the company, such as those related toAutodesk’s product strategies and market sizing.The following graphic summarizes results of theassessment for 2013. Hover over any issue to see a briefdescription. “Internal” issues are those that are relevantto Autodesk’s internal operations and supply chain.“External” issues relate to Autodesk’s product risks andopportunities or to external-facing communications,education, advocacy, or philanthropy.“At Autodesk, we’re committed tocreating a better world. As we helpshape the future of design, we byextension also help our customersshape the futures of their respectiveindustries.”—Jon PittmanVice President of Corporate Strategy, Autodesk
  9. 9. Importance to Autodesk’s business successImportancetosustainabledevelopmentLowLowMediumHighMedium HighInternal InternalExternal External Internal ExternalProducts and solutions Carbon footprint Other impacts fromoperationsEthics and compliance Employees Suppliers andbusiness partnersCommunity supportHover over any issue to see a brief description.9Energy efficiency andmanagementClimate change and GHGemissionsClimate change and GHGemissionsEnergy efficiency andmanagement
  10. 10. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201310Key themes from the analysis included the following:•Climate and energy: climate change and energyefficiency are priorities, especially how we can helpcustomers address energy concerns and achieve costsavings using Autodesk design solutions. Learn more.•Water management: as the climate changes andpopulation increases, water flows will become morevariable and the resource more precious. Our powerand industrial customers represent the industries withthe highest level of water withdrawal, and are seekingways to mitigate these risks. Learn more.•Materials reduction and selection: many of ourcustomers work in resource-intensive industries, fromthe manufacture of automobiles to the constructionof bridges. They are working to use materials moreefficiently, and to use materials with lower environmen-tal impact. Learn more.•Next-generation design: Autodesk can impactsustainable design and generate business value byadvocating for design education and practices thatencourage next-generation designs and result in acompetitive advantage for our customers. Learn more.•Diversity: creating and developing a diverse workforceis a key priority as we seek to attract talent and growin the emerging and consumer markets. A diverseworkforce helps us to better understand local businessand sustainability issues, trends, and stakeholder valuesand expectations. Learn more.•Ethics and governance: we will continue to focuson key ethics and governance issues that impactAutodesk and sustainable development, particularlydata security, privacy, piracy, and intellectual propertytheft. Learn more.•Human rights: although human rights and supplychain-related issues are generally low in relativeimportance for Autodesk given our business model,technology innovations including cloud computing areincreasing the relevance of issues such as privacy andfreedom of expression across the industry. Customeruse of products is another issue for future consider-ation. Learn more.In our assessment of the trajectory of these issues duringthe coming decades, we concluded that nearly all willincrease in relevance. Our analysis showed that amongthe issues with the most potential to increase in boththeir importance to our business and to sustainabledevelopment in general are responsible infrastructure andmanufacturing, climate resilience and adaptation, andglobal health.These findings will inform our strategic planning movingforward. They also provide a platform for further engage-ment with external stakeholders and with executives andemployees throughout the company.Sustainability governance andmanagementOur sustainability governance model ensures strongcollaboration and clear accountability across Autodesk.Our CEO Carl Bass and his executive team have ultimateaccountability for sustainability at the company, and forintegrating sustainability into the company’s overallstrategic planning process.Our Sustainability Solutions Team, which reports to oursenior vice president of industry strategy and marketing,manages our cross-company efforts to offer exceptionalproducts and services that enable sustainability. It drivesindustry strategy, influences product roadmaps, andprototypes new solutions in conjunction with productdevelopers, major customers, and research labs.Autodesk’s Corporate Sustainability Team reports to thecompany’s chief marketing officer. The team works withgroups across the company to develop and implementAutodesk’s corporate sustainability strategy and programs,including sustainable design education, the Clean TechPartner Program, sustainable business and operations,and philanthropy.Our Business Integration and Sustainability InitiativesTeam, which reports to our vice president of corporatereal estate, facilities, travel, and safety and security, setsand implements strategies to improve the environmentalperformance of our facilities, including acting as testcustomers for our products and services. See page 17 formore about Autodesk as a living lab.Our Environmental Core Team serves as an advisory boardand provides executive input and guidance to thecompany’s sustainable business efforts related to itsoperations (see page 30 for more detail).The Autodesk Foundation, established in 2013 to supportthose who are designing scalable high-impact solutionsto social and environmental challenges, will have a boardof directors accountable for the foundation’s high-levelstrategy and operations.
  11. 11. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201311Customers and prospectivecustomersEmployees and prospectiveemployeesSoftware developersGovernment/policy makersInvestorsVendorsIndustry associationsLocal communitiesStudentsThe pressResellers and distributorsEach year, Autodesk participates in industry tradeshows worldwide and hosts severalconferences that attract tens of thousands of attendees. We frequently highlightinformation related to our sustainability solutions, as well as the sustainability features ofthose events and related outcomes.We conduct an annual employee survey to gather feedback in areas such as employeeengagement, manager effectiveness, leadership and vision, and more. See page 36.To advance our sustainability solutions, we work with members of the AutodeskDeveloper Network to extend existing Autodesk products to support particular regionalstandards or workflows.We engaged with government officials, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and otherentities during fiscal year 2013 to advance sustainability principles. See page 22.We provide investors information about our GHG emissions performance through CDP.In 2012, Autodesk was the only IT company on the performance and leadership Indexes.See page 46.At Autodesk University 2012, we collaborated with other major customers to convene agroup of sustainability executives from the major Las Vegas resorts and expo companiesto discuss challenges and solutions related to sustainability at major events in the city.See page 28.We work with industry associations such as the American Society for MechanicalEngineering, Building Owners and Managers Association International, Commercial and RealEstate Development Association, EPA Green Power Partnership Program, Global BusinessTravel Association, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Green MeetingsIndustry Council, and others.Autodesk has a long history of providing communities support in response to local needs inthe arts, education, the environment, and health and human services. See page 43.Since its launch in 2010, more than 1 million students and educators have been reached viathe Autodesk Sustainability Workshop. See page 19.We communicate to the press about our sustainability programs and performance throughevents and media outreach, as well as regular press and analyst briefings.Our recently launched Partner Code of Conduct outlines the standards and practices that weexpect our resellers and distributors to follow while conducting business with or on behalfof Autodesk. See page 41.Stakeholder group Example of engagementStakeholder engagementAutodesk has a wide range of stakeholders, listed inthe table at right. To determine the most appropriateorganizations to engage with, we consider their relevanceto our business, the investment of time and resourcesrequired, and, when relevant, their influence andexpertise in sustainability.This table describes selected engagements related toaspects of sustainability during 2012.Other aspects of sustainability—such as promotingethical conduct and human rights, protecting employeeand customer privacy, and providing employees aninclusive and engaging place to work—are managedby different groups across the company.
  12. 12. 12Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY2013CustomersMillions of people worldwide use Autodesk products.Professionals use our solutions to plan cities, designbuildings and products, supply people with energy andwater, develop manufacturing processes, and more.These same professionals, along with makers, artists, andeven children, use our consumer products to enrichlearning and support their creative processes.Professional customersOur more than 12 million professional customers repre-sent a wide variety of industries:•Architecture, engineering, and construction: design,architecture, engineering, construction, fabrication, MEPengineering, and systems integration for buildings,utilities, and telecommunications•Engineering, natural resources, and infrastructure:engineering service providers, metals, mining, oil, gas,public and private transportation, land development,water, and wastewater•Manufacturing: consumer products, automotive andaerospace, industrial machinery, building products,and fabricators•Media and entertainment: film, television, games,and advertisingWe’re using advanced technologies to meet the needs ofan increasingly mobile customer base. For example,Autodesk®AutoCAD®WS cloud-based service givescustomers the ability to access and edit design files fromany computer, or to use a mobile app to edit and sharedesigns from a smartphone or tablet. Easy electronicaccess to designs also helps customers avoid the wasteof printed copies.In addition, Autodesk®Sim 360TMsoftware enables usersto simulate many different design configurations in parallelby using the power of cloud computing. Sim 360 providespowerful, easy-to-use analysis tools at a fraction of thecost of traditional simulation software. And Autodesk®FormItTMmobile app is helping to revolutionize the wayarchitects sketch their initial concepts, providing them withthe ability to model designs in 3D on a tablet and transferthem to Autodesk®Revit®using Autodesk 360.We’re creating the world’s best design tools to make sustainability easy, insightful, and cost-effective.Today, we stand behind a global community of architects, designers, engineers, and consumers,providing them with solutions that augment their creativity and enhance their efforts to use theplanet’s resources more wisely.Products and solutions
  13. 13. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201313An increasing number of customers request informationabout our sustainability solutions and services (this page,right). Some also show interest in our efforts to improvethe environmental performance of our own operations,especially if we have done so using Autodesk technology.We provide this information through various channels,including customer briefings, Autodesk University, focusgroups, documents such as this report, and responses torequests for proposal (RFPs). We anticipate that thenumber and extent of these requests will continue to grow.ConsumersSupported by mobile technologies and cloud computing,we are also growing our nonprofessional user base.Individuals worldwide use our consumer tools and commu-nities to get inspired, and make and share their projects.Artists produce amazing sketches, photos, and videos withAutodesk®SketchBook®software, Pixlr®photo editingtechnology, and Socialcam video application; makersand tinkers design and share their finished projectswith Autodesk®123D®products and the Instructables®community; home enthusiasts discover, experiment, andmake product and design decisions with Homestyler;and children learn about physics with the Autodesk®TinkerBox™ game. Since we formed the AutodeskConsumer Group in November 2010, we have grown ouruser base to more than 115 million consumers. Over thecoming year, we intend to double our total user base andincrease our monthly active user base from 50 to 75 million.As our nonprofessional user base expands, we’re excitedto see how people are unlocking their creativity withAutodesk solutions to help create a better world. Forinstance, customers are devising ways to use Autodesk123D®Catch software to model and make prostheticlimbs. And Instructables—an online community wherepeople share innovative projects and ideas—released ane-book with information and step-by-step instructions tohelp people prepare for natural disasters.Sustainability solutionsThe biggest opportunity for Autodesk in sustainabilityis through our products and services, which millions ofdesigners and engineers use worldwide. Sustainabledesign strategies are quickly becoming standard expecta-tions for many of our customers, alongside traditionalconsiderations such as quality and cost. To capitalize onthis market transformation, Autodesk delivers a variety ofsustainability solutions that make environmentally-sounddecision making easy, insightful, and cost-effective. Oursolutions combine design and lifecycle managementsoftware workflows with consulting services deliveredthrough Autodesk Consulting and our partners.With these solutions, Autodesk is helping to make ourcustomers more competitive. Our products enableinformed decisions throughout an asset’s lifecycle,empower more people and organizations to incorporateenvironmental considerations without investing in expen-sive subject matter experts, and optimize the energy andwater footprint of their products, assets, and processes.13“Our customers are working oninnovations that will help solve theglobal challenges we face. Fromgovernments to private industry, theyare demanding solutions that makesustainable design decisions easierand more cost-effective so they candeliver designs that provide bothenvironmental benefits andfinancial payback.”—Chris BradshawChief Marketing Officer, AutodeskWe offer products through suites, term licenses, andsubscription services. Customers can receive free supportby phone and online, or they can pay for more extensiveconsulting services. Our Industry Strategy and Marketingand Sales divisions have accountability for customerresearch, feedback, and relationship management.
  14. 14. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY2013141. WBCSD (2009) “Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Transforming the Market” with data from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.When planning the National Aeronautics andSpace Administration (NASA) Ames ResearchCenter, William McDonough + Partners (designarchitect) and AECOM (architect of record) turnedto Autodesk’s building energy efficiency andrenewables solution to facilitate quick, accuratedecisions for a complex project with a tighttimeline and ambitious sustainability goals. Theresult is a resource-efficient building that surpassesLEED Platinum certification standards and takes fulladvantage of daylighting to reduce energy needs.Using virtual design tools, the project team finisheddrawings and designs much sooner than expectedfor a project of this size and complexity.Complex designs inrecord timeOur Sustainability Solutions Team is responsible for industrystrategy, prototyping, and go-to-market activities in this areafor Autodesk’s professional customer base. This team worksclosely with experts from product management, industrymanagement, user experience, and sales to meet growingcustomer demands for tools that aid in sustainable design.Autodesk sustainability solutions cover three majoreconomic sectors with the largest environmental impact:buildings, infrastructure, and manufacturing.Sustainable building solutionsBuildings are one of the biggest consumers of energy on theplanet. In the United States, buildings demand more than 40percent of the country’s energy use. And globally, buildingsrepresent an estimated 38 percent of the total emissionsreductions needed to stabilize the climate by 2050.1Autodesk’s sustainable building solutions help customersoptimize sustainability parameters through all stages ofan asset’s lifecycle (see table below).Watch how Autodesk solutions can help design profes-sionals see buildings inside and out, helping them makecritical decisions before construction even begins.Find out how using the right tools and techniques can lower the intimidation factor of green building design:“Creating Sustainable Buildings Is Like Making a Soufflé.”Data centersGovernment facilitiesHospitalsHotelsIndustrial plantsOfficesRetail spacesConceptual designand planningConstruction orfabricationSimulationand analysisManagement andupgradeSustainable building solutions: Throughout the asset lifecycle, Autodesk solutions help make sustainable design easy and cost-effective.Click on the white text in the chart below to learn more.Conceptual modelingReality captureAdvanced simulationPotential energy savingsanalysisWhole building energyanalysisConceptual energy analysis Building productsand materialsProject managementFabricationVisualizationRapid energy modelingfor existing buildingsUtility bill comparisonProject management
  15. 15. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201315Sustainable infrastructure solutionsUnprecedented urbanization requires a disciplined focuson developing sustainable cities with infrastructure thatcan support the anticipated influx of people over the nextseveral decades. Because urban planning is complex,involving multiple stakeholders and data sets, plannersand civil engineers need better data and tools tounderstand the impact of their designs so they canmake the best possible decisions.Autodesk sustainable infrastructure solutions useBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) to enhance the workof master planners, civil engineers, contractors, andowners. Using intelligent 3D models, these professionalscan gain the insight they need to:•Reduce transportation congestion•Manage water distribution, treatment, and flooding•Increase electrical grid efficiency and renewable energygeneration•Protect sensitive habitats and landscapesSee a run-down urban space come to life with Autodesk®Infrastructure Solutions.4Site Engineers designed an 85,000-square-foot, LEED-certified commercial developmentproject in Madison, Alabama. They selectedAutodesk sustainability solutions for theirability to quickly model and analyze stormwa-ter systems containing a variety of elements,including rain gardens, green roofs, retentionponds, and wetlands. 4Site was able to iteratetheir way toward more sustainable outcomes,helping to provide a higher return on invest-ment for their clients.Quick modelingleads to high returns“Sustainability is an increasingly centralobjective of design. Soon it will no longerbe optional, but rather required in normalpractice. Our tools support sustainabledesign solutions through the modeling,analysis, simulation, and iterationnecessary to accurately predict thebehavior of a project before it is built.”—Phil BernsteinVice President of Strategy Industry Relations, AutodeskLearn how Autodesk®BIM solutions can help designers,planners, and engineers address water and wastewaterinfrastructure challenges.Find out how technology can help us design cities of thefuture: “The Noble Savage Turns Urbanite—Cities as aroute to environmental and economic recovery.”Read about how we can reverse harmful trends threateningour water systems: “In Deep Water: How Today’s Technol-ogy Can Localize and Restore Urban Water Infrastructure.”TransportationUrban planningUtilities/energy supplyWater/wastewaterSimulationand analysisConceptual designand planningConstruction orfabricationManagement andupgradeSustainable infrastructure solutions: Throughout the asset lifecycle, Autodesk solutions help make sustainable design easy and cost-effective.Click on the white text in the chart below to learn more.Reality capturePlanning andconceptual designDesign evaluationHydrologic analysisDesign optimization Construction simulationVisualizationProject managementAsset management
  16. 16. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201316Sustainable manufacturing solutions:Sustainable manufacturing solutionsMaterials selection has a big influence on the environ-mental impact of a product across its lifecycle. Autodesksolutions help designers choose materials that minimizeenvironmental impact while meeting technical andcost requirements.Digital simulation provides a clearer understanding ofreal-world functionality and helps facilitate more sus-tainable use of materials while satisfying performancerequirements. Autodesk sustainable manufacturingDespite being a small company, ADEPTAirmotive (Pty) Ltd of South Africa produceda working prototype of their 320 horsepowergeneral aviation engine faster than theirlarger competitors with the help of Autodesksustainability solutions. Using DigitalPrototyping, the company was able to createa compact, lightweight engine design thatconsumes roughly 30 percent less fuel thancomparable horsepower engines.Small company, big fuelsavings“The modeling, analysis, and simulationsour solutions offer have greatpotential to increase the sustainabilityof our customers’ designs. I’m thrilledthat customers see the benefits andthat demand for these solutionsis growing.”—Andrew AnagnostSenior Vice President, Industry Strategy and Marketing, Autodesksolutions use Digital Prototyping to reduce the need forcostly physical prototypes. This allows product design-ers, engineers, and manufacturers to create, validate,optimize, and communicate designs from the conceptualdesign phase through the manufacturing process. As aresult, users can deliver greener, more innovative productsto the market on a shorter timeline.In addition, when planning for the production of moresustainable products, there is an opportunity to broadenthe scope beyond the product itself to also consider themanufacturing facility—from site planning and buildingdesign to efficient operations and equipment. Autodesksustainable manufacturing solutions include tools thatincrease energy efficiency by optimizing factory layouts toimprove facility use and the materials flow.Watch Autodesk solutions help a designer turn aninspiring idea into a new product—from conceptthrough manufacturing.Learn how thinking through a product’s entire lifecyclehelps companies compete: “The Role of SustainableProduct and Factory Design.”Aerospace manufacturersAutomotive manufacturersConsumer productsIndustrial machineryPetroleum/gas refineriesConceptual designand planningSimulationand analysisConstruction orfabricationManagement andupgradeThroughout the product and asset lifecycle, Autodesk solutions help make sustainable design easy and cost-effective.Click on the white text in the chart below to learn more.Conceptual designEngineeringDesign optimizationPerformance simulationMaterials usageoptimizationFactory maintenanceLifecycle managementRefinery leak detectionand repairVisualizationFacility layoutand installation
  17. 17. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201317San Francisco officein Steuart Tower buildingAutodesk expanded its office facilities in San Francisco,California, United States, with the interior build-out ofa 36,000-square-foot office space in Steuart Tower.In addition to achieving outstanding environmentalperformance, we also wanted the space to encourageemployee collaboration and harmonize visually withour offices in the adjacent Landmark Tower.For the project, Autodesk selected Gensler, a globalarchitecture, design, and consulting firm withexpertise in green design and Building InformationModeling (BIM). Since adopting BIM, Gensler has usedit on more than 1,000 projects encompassing morethan 100 million square feet. Gensler added Glumac,a firm that specializes in engineering green buildings,to the team as well.Due to existing constraints within the building, theteam had several challenges to overcome in pursuitof Autodesk’s goals for the space. To overcome theseand other obstacles, the team relied heavily on BIM.Autodesk Revit software helped the team simulate andcompare different sustainable design scenarios earlyin the design process, enabling them to make moreinformed decisions before construction. Revit was alsokey to creating an energy-efficient space with line-of-sight views to the exterior. In addition, the team usedNavisworks to coordinate architectural and mechanicalmodels and Autodesk®3ds Max®Design software tocreate photorealistic renderings of the tunnel thatconnects the two office spaces.ServicesAutodesk offers services that augment our sustain-ability solutions with domain expertise and businessknow-how.•Autodesk Consulting provides best practices andtop-level expertise to help customers fully adopt andintegrate Autodesk technology for design innovationand business operational excellence.•Our new Consulting System Integrator (CSI) Programprovides executive-level consulting for major accountsthrough the combined capabilities of Autodesk and itsCSI partners.Explore our Industry Solutions website to learn moreabout how our customers are using Autodesk solutionsto address challenges and opportunities in sustainablebuildings, infrastructure, and manufacturing.Autodesk as a living labAt Autodesk, we have a unique opportunity to exploreinnovative ways of using our sustainability solutions andthose of our customers (such as LED light bulbs, visuallighting sensors, electric vehicle charging stations, andother energy-efficient building technology) by applyingthem to our own operations. This enables us to:•Explore and enhance sustainability functionality in oursolutions•Improve our own environmental performance•Showcase how customers can use our solutions to meettheir own needs in sustainabilityExamples include our new office in the Steuart TowerBuilding (see box above), our facility in Farnborough, U.K.(watch video or read case study), and the interior designof a new Autodesk office in Milan, Italy. Our designpartners in Italy, Goring and Straja Architects, usedAutodesk®AutoCAD®and Autodesk 3ds Max Designsoftware to create a space that is LEED certified to theGold level for Commercial Interiors. Learn more.“Autodesk solutions help us toenhance the sustainability of ouroperations. We use our own productsto improve our environmentalperformance and provide feedbackto the development teams forpotential product enhancements.”—Joe ChenVice President of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities,and Travel Safety, AutodeskThe new office has achieved LEED Platinum certifica-tion for Commercial Interiors, and Autodesk isapplying many of the lessons it learned about sustain-able design and workplace productivity to other newfacilities. Learn more about the Steuart Tower project.“Autodesk solutions help us toenhance the sustainability of ouroperations. We use our own productsto improve our environmentalperformance and provide feedbackto the development teams forpotential product enhancements.”—Joe ChenVice President of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities,and Travel Safety, Autodesk
  18. 18. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201318Roughly three billion people a day eat meals preparedover smoky, open fires. The smoke from those fires hasdisastrous health impacts, causing almost four milliondeaths per year. Some companies have tried to reduceharmful emissions by adding fans to their stoves. Butsince the fans require electricity from an outside source,their use is limited in rural areas of the developing world.BioLite stoves improve public healthTo address these challenges, BioLite developed theBioLite HomeStove. This device converts heat fromburning wood into electricity, a portion of which powersan internal fan that creates airflow and dramaticallyimproves combustion efficiency. Designed to supportthree or more hours of family cooking daily for upto five years, the HomeStove can generate enoughelectricity to charge a basic cell phone and LED lightin addition to powering the stove’s fan unit. The stoveconsumes 50 percent less wood than traditional cook-ing fires and reduces smoke emissions by 90 percent.BioLite stoves are also ideal for emergency response.In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, BioLite set upimpromptu stations around New York City, UnitedStates, and offered warm beverages and a place tocharge mobile phones to residents without power.Initially, BioLite created only physical prototypes, aprocess that is both time-consuming and expensive.Through the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program,BioLite acquired Autodesk®Simulation CFD software—a component of Autodesk®Sim 360TMcloud-basedsolution—and Autodesk 3ds Max Design visualizationsoftware at a very low cost. The BioLite team usedSimulation CFD during the design interation process todigitally simulate heat transfer within the stove, savingtime and money. BioLite used 3ds Max Design tocreate photorealistic digital prototypes, used toevaluate stove aesthetics. BioLite plans to use otherAutodesk software in future design cycles.BioLite is conducting global pilot programs beforerolling out the HomeStove on a commercial basis.Women using the BioLite HomeStove in pilot tests.Image courtesy of BioLite, Inc.BioLite charging stations help New York City residents afterHurricane Sandy. Image courtesy of BioLite, Inc.Autodesk Clean Tech PartnerProgramThe Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, founded in2009, supports the efforts and environmental advance-ments of clean technology pioneers. We provideparticipants with world-class software to design, visual-ize, and simulate their groundbreaking ideas through thecreation of digital models and prototypes. Through thisprogram, we have supported thousands of companiesacross 27 countries.Clean tech companies in North America, Europe, Israel,Japan, and Singapore that can benefit from Autodesksolutions for Digital Prototyping are invited to apply tothe program, which provides participants with up toUS$150,000 worth of software for only US$50. Withdigital prototypes, clean tech innovators can explore andcommunicate ideas, test multiple concepts, and accel-erate improvements, while reducing potentially costlyerrors. Participating companies include the following:BioLite uses Autodesk soft-ware to design innovative,low-cost biomass stoves thatconvert heat from burningwood into electricity whilereducing smoke emissions by90 percent (see box below).enbreezeGmbH usesAutodesk software to developnext-generation, small-scalewind turbines for residentialmarkets, helping consumersachieve energy independence.18Freiezo uses Autodesksoftware to create high-performance, zero-landfillwind turbines from recyclablecomponents.
  19. 19. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201319“ElectronVault provides solutions that address the business and technicalrequirements of companies deploying energy storage. The software we receivefrom the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program significantly streamlines ourprocesses, accelerates our project timelines, and helps us respond to requestsmuch faster than before. It’s incredible.”—Rob FerberChief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, ElectronVaultfor and promote the industry. For instance, we collabo-rate with the Singapore Economic Development Board toaccelerate clean technology development in that country,and we partner with Breakthrough Capitalism Forum toprovide exposure for clean tech innovators and help themengage with investors and sustainability thought leaders.We also provide software and other support for industrycompetitions, including Cleantech Open’s annual businesscompetition and Imagine H2O’s global consumerwater competition.See an expanded list of the organizations we collaboratewith to advance the clean tech industry on page 46.Learn more about the Autodesk Clean Tech PartnerProgram.Sustainable design educationAccording to a 2012 American Institute of Architectssurvey, while sustainable architecture is in demand, 56percent of architecture firms have difficulty findingemployees with adequate green skills.1In a 2011 survey ofAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers professional andstudent members, less than 30 percent of students saidthat sustainability is included in the standard curriculumat their university.2For design and engineering students tomeet the growing demand in their fields for sustainabledesign qualifications, they must be better prepared.Autodesk Education offers educational tools and resourcesto help students learn and educators teach sustainabledesign and its application across many industries.“Education is a cornerstone to ensuringthe success of sustainable design.Autodesk believes that the educationof young people is essential todeveloping skilled leaders and capableworkforces up to the task of creatinga better world. Autodesk Educationsupports this belief with free softwareand resources for students andeducators.”—Tom JosephSenior Director, Worldwide Education, AutodeskOnline learning and certificationAutodesk Sustainability Workshop is a free online resourcethat teaches the principles and practice of sustainabilityin engineering, architecture, and design. Using short,engaging videos as well as case studies and tutorials, theSustainability Workshop illustrates how students can putcomplex concepts into practice with Digital Prototypingand Building Information Modeling (BIM). Since its launch1. See Based on an annual survey conducted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Autodesk, Inc., about sustainable design trends in mechanical engineering and manufacturing. For details about themethodology and an overview of 2008–2011 results, visit uses Autodesksoftware to design micro gen-erators to power devices withinwater distribution networks,helping to prevent water wasteby detecting leaks.Seabell International usesAutodesk software to designand manufacture microhydrokinetic renewable powergeneration systems for smallgrid networks.ElectronVault uses Autodesksoftware to develop more sus-tainable battery systems thatare recyclable and have twicethe lifespan of other systems.Additional support to advance clean techBeyond the opportunities we provide participants in theClean Tech Partner Program, we also work with leadingclean tech investors, governments, and others to advocate“Education is a cornerstone to ensuringthe success of sustainable design.Autodesk believes that the educationof young people is essential todeveloping skilled leaders and capableworkforces up to the task of creatinga better world. Autodesk Educationsupports this belief with freesoftware and resources for studentsand educators.”—Tom JosephSenior Director, Autodesk Education
  20. 20. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201320in 2010, more than 1 million students and educatorshave been reached via the Sustainability Workshop.Academic institutions worldwide, such as HongikUniversity in South Korea, University of Calgary in Canada,and University of California, Berkeley, in the UnitedStates, have integrated the materials into their classes.Students have incorporated our strategies into hundredsof projects. Their innovations include new models fornet-zero energy buildings and designs for greenerconsumer products, such as cell phones, laptop comput-ers, cars, and appliances. This initiative earned Autodeskthe #6 spot on Fast Company’s 2011 list of “The 10Most Innovative Companies in Education.”Autodesk is launching a first-of-its-kind Building Perfor-mance Analysis Certificate (BPAC) Program. BPAC takesstudents through a series of online tests and softwareexercises that teach building science fundamentals usingAutodesk building performance analysis tools. In 2012and early 2013, we conducted three pilots with nearly 800Cardboard wi-fi routerEhsan Noursalehi, a student designer from the Universityof Illinois in the United States, used Autodesk®Inventor®Fusion software to design a wireless router with hous-ing made from recycled cardboard, which doubles as theproduct packaging to reduce waste. In the early stages ofhis design, the Inventor Fusion 3D modeling tool allowedhim to quickly and easily experiment with different designconcepts before moving to physical cardboard prototypes.Ehsan was able to cut down on the time it took to build hisprototypes and minimize the material waste by finalizinghis design first in Inventor Fusion.Microwave 2.0Marshall Jamshidi, a student designer from SavannahCollege of Art and Design in Connecticut, United States,used Autodesk SketchBook to design a microwave thatparticipants (about half of whom completed the program).Participating schools include University of Oregon andUniversity of Southern California in the United States andTaylor’s University in Malaysia. The program will officiallylaunch in late 2014.The Autodesk BIM Workshop helps students in the archi-tecture, civil and structural engineering, and constructionmanagement fields learn sustainable BIM design practicesalong with integrated project delivery concepts. Theinteractive site offers extensive learning materials, videos,and exercises, as well as comprehensive teaching toolsthat focus on sustainable and conceptual design. Sincelaunching in 2011, the site has had more than 350,000visitors. Several of the curricula packages are translatedinto Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.Free softwareThrough the Autodesk Education Community, studentsand educators can access more than 40 titles of Autodeskprofessional-grade software for free, including many thatfeature functionality specifically designed to help studentsbetter assess the environmental impact of their designs.1Learn more about how we’re expanding access to tech-nology on page 21.Partners and sponsorshipWe fuel students’ passions outside the classroom as wellby sponsoring sustainable design competitions. In 2012Autodesk co-sponsored the Design for (Your) ProductLifetime Student Challenge, which resulted in morethan 200 design submissions for greener electronics,household appliances, and medical equipment. Sevenoutstanding designs were selected as winners. Here area few of the design submissions received:1. Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end‐user license and services agreement that accompanies the software. The software is for educational purposes only and is not intended for commercial use.
  21. 21. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201321is easy to clean, repair, and upgrade—all in an effort tokeep people from throwing ovens away prematurely.SketchBook, an easy-to-use drawing app, helped Marshallcreate his storyboard concepts early in the design pro-cess. He then easily converted those early sketches intothe final storyboards, clearly showing the benefits of thedesign and how it works from a user’s standpoint.Smarter phoneBernat Lozano and Rocío García, two student designersfrom Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny de Barcelona inSpain, used AutoCAD to design a smartphone conceptthat features a unique mechanism for opening the phone.This makes it easier to both repair and upgrade, extend-ing its usable life. AutoCAD enabled the team to design,draft, and model the smartphone with a high level of de-tail and precision from the very first concept to the designof specific parts. They found that AutoCAD made it easyfor them to design and realistically represent every smalldetail, including the thickness and shape of the structure,modular components, and cover.Autodesk also works closely with industry-leading organi-zations in sustainability education to extend our reach tostudents and educators. Partners include AmericanInstitute of Architecture Students (AIAS), American Societyfor Engineering Education, Archi-World®, the Association ofCollegiate Schools of Architecture, the IndustrialDesigners Society of America, and the U.S. Department ofEnergy Solar Decathlon. Through these collaborations wesupport student project teams using Autodesk softwareand help students understand how to integrate sustain-able design strategies into their work. We’ve led numerousworkshops, webcasts, and conference sessions highlightingthe importance of sustainability in engineering education.Access to technologyWe provide solutions to people around the world—fromdesign and engineering professionals and students to cleantech innovators and community organizations. By increasingaccess to technology and information, we are opening upnew opportunities and expanding the number of peoplewho can use our solutions to create a better world.“Creating a sustainable future requiresbetter design decisions. We aim todemocratize analysis and optimizationsoftware, making complex choiceseasy for anyone who wants to helpdesign a better world.”—Brian MatthewsVice President of Information Modeling and PlatformProducts, AutodeskFree and discounted softwareTo extend the reach of our products, we offer free anddiscounted versions of Autodesk software to a variety ofindividuals and organizations.Early adopters—Autodesk Labs gives the public free, earlyaccess to prototypes, technology previews, and experimentalweb services. People can access this professional-grade soft-ware in preview mode, trying out new features and work-flows while providing constructive feedback to Autodesk.Students—Autodesk Education has provided free accessto Autodesk software to more than 66 million studentsand educators through a number of programs.• Through the Autodesk Education Community,students and educators can access more than 40titles of Autodesk professional-grade software at nocharge. Since the Community’s inception in 2006,close to 6.5 million students and educators haveregistered. Students have downloaded more than 10million licenses of Autodesk software, including 4.5million in the last 12 months.• Through Autodesk Academic Resource Center (ARC),schools gain access to free Autodesk software fortheir classrooms and labs. The program is currentlyavailable in China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan,Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Vietnam. We plan toexpand the program to all emerging-market coun-tries during 2014.The value of the software we donated through theseprograms is in the billions of dollars for fiscal year 2013.Educational organizations—We partner with educa-tion-focused organizations to provide them access toAutodesk technology. These include FIRST®Robotics,Formula Student, Intel®Computer Clubhouse, PACE,Project Lead the Way, VEX®Robotics, and WorldSkills.Clean tech innovators—The Autodesk Clean TechPartner Program supports the innovative efforts ofcompanies addressing energy and other environmentalchallenges by enabling them to purchase software ata dramatically reduced price. We also work with leadingclean tech investors, governments, and others topromote the industry. See more detail on page 18.Consumers—More than 115 million consumers useAutodesk tools. We offer products such as SketchBook,Pixlr, Socialcam, 123D, TinkerBox, and Autodesk®Homestyler®online software for free or at a low pricepoint to help people bring their ideas to life.“Creating a sustainable future requiresbetter design decisions. We aim todemocratize analysis and optimizationsoftware, making complex choiceseasy for anyone who wants to helpdesign a better world.”—Brian MatthewsVice President of Information Modeling and PlatformProducts, Autodesk
  22. 22. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201322Customers in emerging economies—Autodesk sellsolder versions of AutoCAD and Autodesk®AutoCADLT®software at 45 percent off the regular price of thelatest release in some emerging countries. We also havea policy to adjust our pricing in all emerging markets toalign with purchasing power. These discounts range from10-42 percent of the suggested retail price.Employees—In late 2012, Autodesk began grantingemployees access to most Autodesk products free ofcharge. This provides employees—regardless of theirfunction—a chance to use a variety of Autodesk softwarefor themselves and gain a better understanding of howwe help our customers imagine, design, and create abetter world.Community organizations—In fiscal year 2013, wedonated software worth nearly $2.6 million to commu-nity efforts, including multiple projects for Habitat forHumanity, rebuilding in the wake of disasters, humani-tarian projects, set design for theaters, and as prizes forstudent design competitions. Architecture for Humanitywas one of our software donation recipients, receiving$750,000 worth of software to assist rebuilding efforts inareas affected by natural disasters.Information sharingWe also strive to facilitate knowledge sharing and expandaccess to information. For instance, Instructables is anonline community where creative people share innova-tive projects and ideas, some of it sustainability-related.Our employees have joined in, creating Instructables foreverything from how to create parabolic solar hot-waterheaters to the best way to design a garden based on howplants will be affected by shadows that the surroundingbuildings and trees cast.We also offer a free online resource that teaches the prin-ciples and practice of sustainability in engineering, architec-ture, and design. Autodesk Sustainability Workshop usesshort, engaging videos as well as case studies and tutorialsto illustrate how students and others can easily put com-plex concepts into practice with Digital Prototyping andBuilding Information Modeling. Learn more on page 19.AccessibilityAutodesk recognizes the importance of Section 508 ofthe Rehabilitation Act, which requires that U.S. federalagencies’ electronic and information technology is acces-sible to people with motor, vision, or other impairments.See links to Voluntary Product Accessibility TemplatesVPATs) for all major Autodesk products. These detail theaccessibility features of Autodesk products and helpgovernment customers determine their own compliance.“Policymakers are quick to recognizethat BIM tools and model-based designwill enhance sustainability in buildingand infrastructure projects.”—David CraneVice President of Government Affairs and Senior CorporateCounsel, AutodeskPublic policyAt Autodesk, we participate in the public policy debateto advance innovation, sustainability, and economicgrowth. Our Government Affairs Team and other keycompany representatives engaged with governmentofficials, nonprofit organizations, think tanks, and otherentities during fiscal year 2013 to advance sustainabilityprinciples, especially with regard to building andinfrastructure development, and to support policies thathelp reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas(GHG) emissions. To this end, Autodesk has recently:•Supported language in major U.S. transportationlegislation to encourage the use of 3D modeling designsoftware that can reduce waste and GHG emissionsduring road and transit construction•Met with and advised public officials in Asia, Europe,Latin America, and the United States about theenvironmental and economic benefits gained throughthe use of Digital Prototyping and Building InformationModeling (BIM) software for infrastructure designand construction“Policymakers are quick to recognizethat BIM tools and model-baseddesign will enhance sustainability inbuilding and infrastructure projects.”—David CraneVice President of Government Affairs and Senior CorporateCounsel, Autodesk
  23. 23. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201323•Worked in the European Union to accelerate thedeployment of BIM tools and processes to help achieveenergy efficiency and GHG emissions reduction goals•Hosted delegations of foreign officials in the UnitedStates for briefings about the implementation of DigitalPrototyping and BIM software by commercial andpublic sector entities•Worked with industry organizations to drive the scopeand direction of programs and standards for carbonaccounting and disclosure of information technologyenergy use•Briefed Information Technology and Innovation Foundationdelegations on the latest developments in energy analysistechnologies for buildings•Worked with the World Resources Institute and RockyMountain Institute to provide government officials withexpert data and analysis regarding energy efficiencytechnology for buildings and related policy alternativesAutodesk does not have a political action committee andthus does not contribute to U.S. federal elections. Thecompany did not make contributions to U.S. elections infiscal year 2013. See historical data on page 6.23
  24. 24. 24Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY2013Autodesk increased revenue 4 percent in fiscal year 2013compared with fiscal year 2012, while reducing absolutegreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8 percent during thatperiod. Our footprint is 34 percent smaller in absoluteterms than the base year, fiscal year 2009.During fiscal year 2013, Autodesk’s CO2e emissionsdecreased by 3 percent per employee and 8 percent persquare foot of real estate, compared with the prior year.See the following pages for more detail about the progresswe made in each of our main activity areas: employee travel,facilities, major events, and IT operations/data centers.View Autodesk’s CDP submissions for additional informa-tion about our approach and calculation methodologies,as well as our assessment of climate-related risks andopportunities for our company.In addition to working to reduce our own carbon foot-print, we also help our customers and their customersdecrease GHG emissions through the use of our products.See page 13 for detail.Scope of footprintAutodesk follows the Greenhouse Gas Protocol for carbonmeasurement and reporting. We’ve earned recognitionby CDP and several socially responsible investment indexesfor our processes.As part of our commitment to model sustainability bestpractices, Autodesk includes a broad range of businessactivities in our footprint measurement, including Scope 3emissions. While we don’t have direct control over theseemissions, they would not exist without our businessactivities or purchases. By including them, we can betterunderstand how our business affects our vendors’ carbonfootprints and how we can use our influence to reducetheir impact on the environment. See page 25 for abreakdown of emissions that aligns with the GreenhouseGas Protocol Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accountingand Reporting Standard.Autodesk reports emissions from the electricity it purchasesas Scope 2. For leasing situations in which the landlordpurchases the electricity we use, Autodesk lacks opera-tional control and so we include these emissions asScope 3.As we empower our customers to create a more sustainable world we are also applying the samestandards of sustainability to our own operations. We implement best practices to measure and reduceAutodesk’s carbon footprint, focusing on our areas of greatest impact. Over the past five years, wehave dramatically improved our management systems and become more carbon-efficient.Carbon footprint
  25. 25. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201325Bureau Veritas will verify Autodesk’s Scope 1 and Scope2 GHG emissions inventory and provided methodologicalassurance for the complete inventory for fiscal year 2013.Setting a GHG emissionsreduction target using C-FACTIn 2010, Autodesk devised a unique approach todeveloping targets to reduce GHG emissions. OurCorporate-Finance Approach to Climate-StabilizingTargets (C-FACT) methodology calls for companies toreduce GHG emissions in line with global scientific andpolicy climate stabilization targets, and in proportion tocompanies’ relative contribution to the economy asmeasured by share of gross domestic product. We arecommitted to following this approach through 2020.Each year, Autodesk will publish the annual target wederive from this methodology and our performanceagainst the target from the prior year.In fiscal year 2013, we achieved a 34 percent reductionin absolute emissions compared with our fiscal year 2009baseline. This exceeds the target of a 19.3 percentreduction we established using our C-FACT methodology.Our fiscal year 2014 target is a 23.4 percent absolutereduction from our baseline. We will continue to pursuereduction initiatives to achieve future targets.If all companies were to adopt this approach and meettheir corresponding targets, private-sector emissionswould be on track to help stabilize the climate by 2050.Autodesk has made this methodology open source sothat other companies can use it. Information technologycompany EMC recently adopted the C-FACT approach,customizing it as necessary, to set its own GHG emissionsreduction target. Learn more about C-FACT.GHG emissions intensity(Metric tons CO2e)03010402050FY2009 FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY20135.02.50Hover over items in the legend to see related values.2.51 2.30 emissions by activity(Thousand metric tons CO2e)060208040100FY2009 FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013Hover over items in the legend to see related values.Data centers
  26. 26. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201326Employee travel and meetingsSince Autodesk is a global company, employee travel isvital to our business. Our most common purposes forbusiness travel are meetings with customers, partners,and fellow employees, as well as events. This sectiondescribes the environmental impact of the travel associ-ated with our meetings. In the future we will also reportthe impacts associated with venues and hotel stays.In fiscal year 2013, nonconference business travelresulted in 19,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equiva-lent (CO2e) emissions, 34 percent of the total Autodeskcarbon footprint, and 12 percent less than the prior year.1This total includes emissions from air travel and groundtransportation such as rental cars.We ask our travel vendors for information about theirenvironmental performance. This includes jet fuelefficiency from our preferred airline partners; hybridvehicle availability from our car rental and leasingvendors; and environmental commitments, greencleaning, and sustainable tourism certifications from ourpreferred hotel vendors, among other items. A betterunderstanding of these dimensions helps us definerequirements in our requests for proposal and makedecisions that will reduce our environmental impact.During the year, Autodesk worked with its rental carprovider to make hybrids the default option for Autodesktravelers in the United States. Together, we are commit-ting to reducing Autodesk’s absolute GHG emissions fromrental cars by 30 percent by the end of fiscal year 2019,compared with fiscal year 2013.Autodesk also contracts with car hire services for somemeetings and events. In fiscal year 2013, we partnered withsuppliers that use more fuel-efficient vehicles, and we haveset a target for fiscal year 2014 that 85 percent of the carswe hire will either be hybrids or high gas mileage vehicles.While we encourage vendors to improve their ownenvironmental performance, the most direct way we canreduce emissions from travel is by reducing travel itself.To do so, we have made significant investments in virtualcollaboration technologies. These include 27 high-definition (HD) telepresence systems, 84 conference roomcamera systems, and a companywide webcam confer-encing option. Our HD systems were in use during 47percent of our regular business hours on average duringfiscal year 2013. This equaled almost 26,000 hours of usecollectively for the systems and represented an increasefrom 39 percent usage the prior year. Additionally,employees used our desktop videoconferencing systemsfor more than 30,000 hours collectively during the year,almost double the total from fiscal year 2012. We arecontinuing to roll out extensive training and supportprograms to encourage employees to use these tools.Autodesk also has campaigns to educate employeesabout GHG emissions caused by business travel. Whenan employee books a trip, we let them know what theassociated emissions will be and alert them to any video-conferencing options available for their destination.We also offer an employee web portal to increaseawareness and use of travel-saving virtual collaborationtechnologies. On the portal, executive videos encourageemployees to save a million minutes of productivity, amillion dollars in travel expenses, and a million pounds ofCO2e emissions by reducing travel.In fiscal year 2013, Autodesk introduced a StrategicMeetings Management policy and program. It includesoverall guidance about facilitating more efficient andmore sustainable offsite meetings and a methodologyto calculate carbon emissions related to small andmidsize meetings at the company. We plan to roll outthis program fully in fiscal year 2014.1. Autodesk reports emissions from event-related travel separately from regular business travel in the GHG emissions by activity graph on page 25, although these activities are combined in the business travel line on page 4.
  27. 27. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201327FacilitiesAutodesk strives to reduce the environmental footprint ofits facilities. We focus foremost on GHG emissions relatedto energy use, since those have the most significantimpact on the environment. In fiscal year 2013, energyuse in our facilities resulted in 11,700 metric tons of CO2eemissions, a 21 percent of the total Autodesk carbonfootprint and a 15 percent reduction compared with theprior year. See page 4 for detailed energy data.In fiscal year 2012, Autodesk enhanced its sustainabilitystrategy for existing facilities. We conducted tenant assess-ments at the company’s 18 largest sites, and scored themin areas such as energy use, resource use, water consump-tion, waste generation, and space utilization to identifynew opportunities for efficiency in our offices. In fiscalyear 2013, we used these results to prioritize investmentsin energy conservation that we estimate will save nearly$91,000 and decrease GHG emissions by 430 metric tonsof CO2e annually. Earlier this year, we evaluated the prog-ress sites have made and determined that facility scoresincreased by 9 percent on average since the initial assess-ment. Areas showing significant improvement includedcorporate green teams, waste management, resourceuse, and green procurement. We plan to expand thisstrategy and extend sustainable operations processes andprocedures to 19 more offices globally in fiscal year 2014.Our efforts also extend to new facilities. We target greenbuildings during site selection, and employ sustainablefeatures when constructing new workplaces or renovatingexisting ones. As a result, we have been awarded Leader-ship in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifica-tions at 10 of our facilities (five rated Platinum, three Gold,and two Certified), which represents 23 percent of our to-tal square footage.1Five more certifications are in progress.See page 17 to learn about our Steuart Tower offices inSan Francisco, which achieved LEED Platinum certificationfor Commercial Interiors in 2012.We have also begun purchasing carbon-neutral energyand renewable energy certificates and offsets. Thesetotaled 11,900 MWh in fiscal year 2013, compared with6,140 MWh the prior year. See page 5 for historical detail.“Sustainability isn’t just good for theplanet, it’s good for business. A focuson sustainable operations drives moreefficient use of resources, minimizeswaste, and ultimately benefits ourbottom line.”—Mark HawkinsChief Financial Officer, AutodeskWe often use Autodesk software as we expand ourportfolio of facilities, to help optimize the environmentalperformance of our operations. This helps us test andimprove our products’ capabilities to enable sustainabledecision making. See page 17 for detail.Due to the nature of our operations, direct emissions ofNOx, SOx, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) fromour facilities are insignificant to report.Major eventsEach year, Autodesk participates in industry tradeshowsworldwide and hosts several conferences that attract tensof thousands of attendees. These events are importantfor our business. However, they also impact the environ-ment through GHG emissions from travel, energy use,and lodging, as well as materials use and waste. In fiscalyear 2013, our two biggest events—Autodesk University(AU) and One Team Conference (OTC)—together resultedin 6,980 metric tons of CO2e emissions, or 12 percent ofthe total Autodesk carbon footprint.1. As of February 15, 2013.“Sustainability isn’t just good for theplanet, it’s good for business. A focuson sustainable operations drives moreefficient use of resources, minimizeswaste, and ultimately benefits ourbottom line.”—Mark HawkinsChief Financial Officer, Autodesk
  28. 28. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201328Our sustainability guidelines and best practices forplanning events that require travel help our staff evaluatealternatives and make decisions that reduce environmen-tal impact. These cover:•Selecting a venue that demonstrates sustainablepractices•Choosing a location that minimizes overall travel distance•Adding virtual conferencing and online streamingcontent to maximize the number of attendees whoparticipate remotely•Reducing materials use, reusing materials, and usingeco-friendly materials•Decreasing waste throughout the process, fromregistration and signage to onsite waste reductionand recycling•Calculating the environmental footprint of majorevents in collaboration with vendors to track progressKey accomplishments from fiscal year 2013 include thefollowing:•Design and reuse: For custom booth development attrade shows, we reused many materials from previousyears and selected new materials that may be easilyreused or recycled. While the booth appearance changesthroughout the year, the materials often don’t. AtGreenbuild, one of the final shows of 2013, the boothwas made of 95 percent reused materials.•Virtual participation: Virtual attendance options at AUand OTC enable greater participation while decreasingcarbon impact, as approximately 80 percent of event-related GHG emissions are due to air travel. During fiscalyear 2013, overall attendance at AU—including virtualattendance and other online elements—totaled about40,500 participants.•Vendor collaboration: Autodesk improved carbonfootprint measurement techniques and other environ-mental initiatives, such as waste reduction, at the largehosting venue for AU. In fiscal year 2013, these effortsled to successfully recycling and composting of 83percent of materials consumed at the conference.•Industry collaboration: At AU 2012, Autodesk andother major customers convened a group of sustainabil-ity executives from the main Las Vegas resorts and expocompanies to advocate for more sustainable events anddiscuss related challenges and solutions, such as foodavailability, staff training, standardizing best practices,and objective measurement and certification.IT operations/data centersIT is fundamental to our business and can have bothpositive and negative environmental impacts.Data center energy useData centers not only enable Autodesk to operate, theyalso house the future for how our customers design—thecloud. Data center energy use has the largest environmen-tal impact of Autodesk IT operations. In fiscal year 2013,it resulted in 1,860 metric tons of CO2e emissions, about 3percent of Autodesk’s carbon footprint and a decrease of13 percent compared with the base year, fiscal year 2009.To reduce energy use in our data centers, we use theENERGY STAR rating system to select the most efficienthardware. We also invest in server virtualization, whichsaves energy by optimizing usage and therefore decreas-ing the need to run and cool physical servers. So far,Autodesk has virtualized about 86 percent of its servers.In late 2011, Autodesk completed a major upgrade tothe company’s primary data centers. Improvementsincluding new servers, advanced virtualization, and smartstorage have reduced energy use and associated GHGemissions at the new, consolidated facility by 62 percentwhile decreasing IT infrastructure costs by US$7 millionannually. This represents a savings of 15 percent ofAutodesk’s IT infrastructure budget.
  29. 29. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201329“When we consider the footprint ofour data centers, we need to takeinto account both efficiency and theoutcomes to which the computingpower contributes. Watt-for-watt,every bit of energy we use canhave a profound positive impactwhen it’s targeted toward ensuringinsight into and understanding ofsustainable design.”—Jeff KowalskiVice President and Chief Technology Officer, AutodeskIn late 2011, we also started building a private cloudenvironment, which we used in 2012 to begin revampingthe processes we use to build products. Though we’restill finalizing the system, it has already dramaticallyimproved the build process and has enabled us to elimi-nate inefficient IT equipment, which reduces associatedpower and cooling needs. So far, we’ve eliminated 60servers and plan to retire over 100 more, saving approxi-mately 150 MWh of electricity annually.While Autodesk manages some of these data centers,server rooms, and collocated cages, third parties managemuch of the vast computing power that enablesAutodesk’s cloud-based sustainability solutions. While thebenefits likely outweigh the impacts, we are committedto better understanding the environmental footprint ofcloud computing and increasing the advantages ofconducting sustainable design analysis in this setting.IT office equipmentAutodesk uses the Electronic Products EnvironmentalAssessment Tool (EPEAT) rating system to select desktophardware. EPEAT helps us evaluate, compare, and selecthardware based on environmental performance criteriasuch as energy efficiency, lower use of toxic materials,and less waste produced in manufacturing. Ninety-eightpercent of our relevant new hardware devices areEPEAT-registered.To further reduce energy consumption from IT officeequipment, we have implemented a desktop energymanagement system that can remotely measure andactivate energy-efficient power management settings oncompany-owned computers, decreasing energy use by anestimated 12 percent compared with the baseline.Electronic wasteWhen IT equipment reaches its end of life, Autodeskworks with electronic waste (e-waste) service providers torecycle it responsibly.In 2013, we will expand our current efforts by launchinga global program that defines how we manage used ITequipment. This will ensure that proprietary informationis properly destroyed, that reusable assets are redeployedor sold, and that equipment at the end of its usable life isresponsibly recycled according to the e-Stewardsstandard as recommended by the Basel Action Network.Our e-waste vendors report on the transfer and treatmentof all items to ensure compliance.This program applies to all Autodesk IT equipment.During the recent data center upgrade (see page 28),Autodesk evaluated unwanted hardware, sold what wasserviceable, and recycled the rest through a certifiedgreen recycler. We also encourage employees to disposeof their personal e-waste through these safe andsecure processes.Supply chainAutodesk works to decrease the environmental impactof the products it sells, for example through electronicdownloads and innovative packaging. For moreinformation, see page 42 as well as the data for pur-chased goods and services, transportation/distribution(upstream and downstream), and end-of-life treatment ofsold products in the performance summary on page 4.Corporate environmentalmanagementUnderstanding and reducing our impact on the environ-ment requires a high level of coordination and commit-ment. With approximately 7,100 employees and offices in114 locations worldwide, several global events each year,and millions of users, obtaining performance data andimplementing environmental measures can be a challenge.Autodesk has instituted a management structure forobtaining environmental data, making investmentdecisions, implementing measures to reduce our impact,and consistently reporting performance. We continue toimprove the reliability, comprehensiveness, and automa-tion of these systems. All Autodesk locations are covered“When we consider the footprint ofour data centers, we need to takeinto account both efficiency and theoutcomes to which the computingpower contributes. Watt-for-watt,every bit of energy we use canhave a profound positive impactwhen it’s targeted toward ensuringinsight into and understanding ofsustainable design.”—Jeff KowalskiVice President and Chief Technology Officer, Autodesk
  30. 30. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201330by the company’s environmental management system.Many of the outputs of this system meet various levelsof assurance. Bureau Veritas will verify Autodesk’s Scope1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions inventory andprovided methodological assurance for the completeinventory for fiscal year 2013.In 2012 and early 2013, Autodesk performed a company-wide materiality assessment to analyze the importanceof a wide variety of environmental and social issuesto the company’s business success and to sustainabledevelopment. This process helped us to confirm the keychallenges that the company faces (learn more on page8). The Environmental Core Team and associated projectteams (described below) will use this assessment, alongwith environmental performance data, to set strategy andinform corrective action as necessary.Environmental Core TeamAn Environmental Core Team institutes sustainability bestpractices throughout the company’s operations. The teamincludes senior leaders from across the business, includ-ing facilities, real estate and travel, human resources,strategic planning and operations, finance, legal, sales,marketing, IT, and each product division.Together with the Corporate Sustainability Team, theseexecutives are responsible for understanding the environ-mental impacts of our business; establishing priorities,goals, and plans for reducing these impacts; and promot-ing and reporting these efforts throughout the company.Environmental project teamsProject teams directed by the Environmental Core Teamare responsible for executing our strategy in the company’sfour largest environmental impact areas (all closely relatedto energy use and climate change): employee travel,facilities, major events, and IT operations and supply chain.Each project team is co-led by the Sustainability Teamand an Autodesk employee from that activity area. Theymanage the evaluation, prioritization, and implementa-tion of measures that reduce our environmental impact inthat area, and work as needed with key stakeholders fromacross the company to drive progress. This collaborationensures that reducing environmental impact and enhanc-ing business productivity go hand in hand.Green teamsGreen teams lead grassroots initiatives in more than adozen of our offices worldwide. These groups are led byemployee volunteers committed to reducing Autodesk’senvironmental footprint and educating their fellowCEO staffCorporateSustainabilityTeamTravelProjectTeamFacitiliesProjectTeamEventsProjectTeamITProjectTeamSupplyChainProjectTeamEnvironmental Core TeamAutodesk environmental management structureemployees on environmental sustainability. Green teamsincrease awareness of local recycling options and alterna-tive commute possibilities, organize special events such asenvironmental video screenings and vendor fairs, and rollout sustainability initiatives such as community cleanups,bike-to-work challenges, and home electronic wasterecycling drives. For example, green team members in SanRafael, California, piloted a community rideshare program,and green team volunteers in Toronto, Canada, took partin the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, removing morethan 100 kilograms of litter from a local park. We supportthese efforts and share results across the company throughthe sustainability section of our intranet.Environmental policyIn 2008, Autodesk CEO Carl Bass signed the AutodeskEnvironmental Policy, which outlines our high-levelsustainability commitments.Employee volunteers in Toronto, Canada.
  31. 31. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201331Waste in operationsAutodesk collects and reports waste data for ourheadquarters campus in San Rafael, California, as well asselect other sites. These represented 22 percent of ourtotal active square footage in fiscal year 2013, a numberwe plan to increase. During the year, we generated about281 metric tons of waste at these sites. We recycled 58percent and diverted 78 percent from landfill.Decreasing our consumption is the most effective way toreduce waste. We have reduced the amount of materialwe use in our operations in several ways.• Product delivery: We make digital download thedefault product delivery method for Autodesk®Subscription customers and reduce packaging forphysical product distribution. We are continuing toexpand these initiatives in the coming year. Seepage 42 for more detail.• Office printing: We set printer defaults to duplex;have piloted walk-up printing, which requires employ-ees to enter a code at the printer before a print job isstarted; and initiated “print greener,” which eliminatesblank or unnecessary pages from print jobs.• Major conferences: We eliminate signage or reusesignage for multiple years, design trade show boothsfrom recycled cardboard for full recyclability, andeliminate paper use wherever possible.We also reuse or recycle waste when possible at ourconferences and in our facilities.• Major conferences: At Autodesk University, the com-pany’s largest customer-facing conference, we collaborat-ed with our partners to divert 83 percent of waste fromlandfill last year. This included donation of food scraps toa local animal farm and recycling of many other materials.• Cafeteria waste: In our offices, we offer compostableutensils and cups and arrange for compost collection infacilities where such municipal services are available.• Office nonrecyclables: At our Waltham, Massachusetts,facility that focuses on our architecture, engineering,and construction business, we collaborated with ourlandlord to send 100 percent of nonrecyclable waste toa waste-to-energy facility.• Electronic waste: See page 29 for information aboutour approach to managing electronic equipment at theend of its useful life.Living well and living within the planet’s limits requires careful attention to resource consumption andconservation. We strive to use water, materials, and other resources effectively, in our own facilities andacross our value chain. This improves our environmental performance while enhancing our business.Other impacts from operations
  32. 32. Autodesk Sustainability in Action Progress Report FY201332Water use in operationsWe recognize that water scarcity is an important globalenvironmental issue. However, since we are not a majorwater consumer, it does not pose a material risk to ouroperations. Fiscal year 2013 saw some of the warmestand driest months on record, resulting in a drought thatcovered more than 65 percent of the contiguous UnitedStates, and affected many other nations worldwide,including locations with Autodesk offices.We use some water in our office buildings for kitchens,cooling, and plumbing. As part of our everyday efforts toreduce Autodesk’s environmental impact, we take stepsin many offices to reduce our water consumption throughefficient fixtures and water closets, right-size coolingequipment, and conservation efforts such as using graywater, where possible.Because we lease our facilities, we do not currently haveaccess to reliable water usage data across our operations.As with energy use and waste data, we are working withour building owners and facility managers at priority loca-tions to gather water performance data as part of ourenvironmental measurement system. In fiscal year 2013,we used 7.6 million liters of water in one building at ourSan Rafael, California, headquarters, and reclaimed 78percent of that amount for landscaping. That location rep-resents 6 percent of the company’s total square footage.Two of our facilities in San Rafael use reclaimed water forflushing toilets and rely on weather-sensitive irrigationsystems. At several of our larger locations we are takingsteps, such as installing low-flow toilets and dual-flushsystems, to further increase the efficiency of water use.While we have yet to identify significant areas of waterscarcity within our global operations, we will continueto investigate this issue and related risks during thecoming years.Environmental complianceAs stated in our environmental policy, Autodesk willmeet or exceed all applicable environmental laws andregulations related to our business operations. In fiscalyear 2013, we were not cited or fined for noncomplianceof any environmental laws or regulations.32
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