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Cognizant Go Green : The year 2012

The Cognizant Green Brigadiers joined hands to promote a clean environment on-campus and outside in the year 2012. Here's a look at how they did just that.

Cognizant Go Green : The year 2012

  1. 1. ©2012, Cognizant
  2. 2. Started on the right note Hundreds of associates across Cognizant shared their green resolutions for the year.
  3. 3. Cleanliness Drive at Pune-HinjewadiJanuary 2, 2012Over 30 associates joined hands to promote a cleanenvironment outside our campus.
  4. 4. Me and my carpool friends campaignJanuary 20, 2012Associatesshared their carpoolingexperiences toinspire otherassociates to takesmall stepstowardscarpooling.
  5. 5. Go Green quiz at KolkataFebruary 1, 2012Green Brigadiers spread awareness amongstassociates by getting them to rack their grey cellsand participate in a series of quizzes.
  6. 6. Associates took a pledge to adopt/donate saplings and planted some saplings.Pune Hinjewadi Sapling Nursery LaunchFebruary 2, 2012World Wetlands Day
  7. 7. Nature Walk at Sunderbans, KolkataFebruary 4, 2012More than 40 associates did a nature walk at theSunderban Tiger Reserve to explore and learnabout nature & wildlife.
  8. 8. Chennai Coastal Clean upFebruary 5, 2012Hundreds of associates picked up trash toclean up Elliot’s Beach, Chennai.
  9. 9. Chennai Coastal Clean upFebruary 5, 2012Hundreds of associates picked up trash to clean-up Elliot’s Beach, Chennai.
  10. 10. Gardening Basics – PuneMarch 2012 100 + associates participatedAssociates learnt about different species of flora and their requirements such as nutrition,water, medication or simply some attention!
  11. 11. Learning about wildlife conservation at MangaloreMarch 8, 2012 Mangalore Green Brigade partnered with Centre for Wildlife Studies (CWS) to impart knowledge on wildlife conservation.
  12. 12. Power Smart Campaign - March 2012:Spread awareness on the importance of saving power during thepower crisis in the state of Tamil Nadu.
  13. 13. The global World Water Day campaign encouragedassociates around the world to take heed to the need ofsaving water on March 22, 2012.
  14. 14. Rain water harvesting - HyderabadMarch 22, 2012Gopala Krishna (Founder- Pasigoba Energy Consultants)gave a session on the importance and techniques of RainWater Harvesting.
  15. 15. GASS forest museum Around 35 associates visited the GASS museum to mark thevisit in Coimbatore occasion of World Forestry Day toMarch 24, 2012 learn about different types of forests and components of a forest’s eco system.
  16. 16. Earth Hour Celebrations across Cognizant March 31, 2012Green Brigadiers joined hands to create awareness onconserving energy and showing Cognizant’s support forEarth Day.
  17. 17. Earth Month - April 2012Promoted use ofe-gadgets wiselyand dispose themresponsibly
  18. 18. Tweet and Cweet Earth Day slogansApril 22, 2012More than100associatesshared theirearth dayslogans.
  19. 19. Inspired by the Cup n Kerchief Club, a project team at Chennai took anoath to stop the use paper cups and tissues on April 03, 2012:The team used waste to decorate their bay areas and spread the message. Over81 associates participated in the event.
  20. 20. Veggie Corner – Navalur, ChennaiApril 26, 2012Associates cooked up delicious energy efficientdishes with no use of gas/electricity.
  21. 21. Flash mob at Hyderabad on April 20, 2012: Associates enjoyed the performance of Crazzy 6, Theatre Arts Club to mark Earth Week celebrations.
  22. 22. Save the Tiger Campaign, Bangalore on April 19 and 20, 2012:More than 300 associates showed their support and clicked a picturewith the Mascot.
  23. 23. Sustainable Living Fair at PuneApril 23 2012More than 400 associates visited the sustainable living fairwhich gave ideas a green lifestyle.
  24. 24. Save our Earth Kolam competition at Chennai-TCOApril 27, 2012Green Brigadiers hosted the Kolam contest topromote awareness on earth day.
  25. 25. International Day for Biological Diversity May 22, 201280+ blog comments in support of the campaign
  26. 26. Spot biodiversity at TCO May 2012 More than 100 associates participated in the photography contest with fantastic entries onbiodiversity at our TCO office.
  27. 27. Go Green Mime at CCO, Chennai on May 11, 2012The MEPZ mime team spread the word at CCO ongoing green and saving water through a fantasticmime performance.
  28. 28. Pedal Wise Club Launch @ Chennai - PallikaranaiMay 18, 201250 Green Brigadiers cycled to show their supporttowards cycling and reducing emissions. This fevercaught up in Bangalore, Coimbatore and Kochi too.
  29. 29. Bird Watching at CoimbatoreMay 19, 201235 associates went bird watching to sight birds and wildlife.
  30. 30. Plant a tree. Grow hope. Bangalore - May 20, 2012
  31. 31. D-I-Y and Save Biodiversity on May 25, 2012Associatesparticipated in theDo-It-Yourself contestto create usefulthings from wastewhich could help savebiodiversity aroundus.Some examples werebird house, birdfeeders, dripirrigation sets, etc.
  32. 32. Green Week at Kolkata from May 22 to June 5, 2012:The GreenBrigadiers atKolkata hosteda Green Weekwhich saw aseries ofactivities likequizzes, postercompetitions,eco fairs, etc.
  33. 33. World Environment Day at Kochi June 4, 2012Team Admin and Green Brigade volunteers joined hands to doplant saplings, distribute re-usable mugs, organize Sun controlfilm removal campaign and vehicle pollution checkup.
  34. 34. Sapling plantation at Kolkata wetlands on June 5, 2012:Volunteerstook a standto green theareas aroundGTP officeand plantedsaplings.
  35. 35. Walk the Marina at Chennai on June 5, 2012: The walk was organized in association with the US Consulate and Make my Earth Smile Again (MESA). Associates from Cognizant walked alongside a group of over 500 enthusiasts.
  36. 36. Green Leadership walk at Pune – Hinjewadi on June 5, 2012:Shreeranganath Kulkarni, Vice-President and Head ofOperations-Pune, inaugurated the carpooling stop,checked the new bird house and felicitated associateswho had adopted a sapling and pledged to recycle e-waste regularly.
  37. 37. Zen Garden in HyderabadJune 5, 2012 On World Environmental Day Admin team enhanced the Zen garden at our campus and created awareness on a green way of living. The activity included identifying plants and some interesting competitions like dry Leaves collage.
  38. 38. Carpool stopat CognizantPuneJune 5, 2012
  39. 39. Cognizant wins FE-EVI Green Business LeadershipAward 2011-12 in June 2012.
  40. 40. Green Walk at Hyderabad on June 5, 2012:Associates took a stand topromote clean environment bycleaning the Ameerpet area.
  41. 41. Promoting green commute at BangaloreJune 8, 2012A group of cycling enthusiasts set out to pedal their way to work. Srikanth Srinivasan,Director-HR flagged-off this unique program. The cyclists rode to the MBP campus inBangalore from as far as HAL airport (16 km) and Marathahalli (20 km).
  42. 42. More than 500 associates participated in healthy soil quiz and showed their support towards combatting desertification and drought on June 15, 2012
  43. 43. Sapling Plantation at PuneJune 30, 2012Volunteers from Go Green and Outreach teams collaboratedto create a green cover at the Bhoirwadi, Zilla ParishadSchool. Plantatingwas followed by a fun filled session tocreate awareness on the importance of trees in our ecology.
  44. 44. Green our city campaign at Pallikaranai on July 26, 2012To mark World Nature Conservation Day as well as to kick-startgreen your city program, around 32 associates volunteered atthe Panchayat Union Primary School, Pallikaranai to plant treesaplings.
  45. 45. Green Treasure Hunt at Chennai GMR on July 27, 2012:Green Brigade GMR celebrated World Nature Conservation Dayin a green avatar with a carpooling stall, video screening and agreen treasure hunt.
  46. 46. Associates plan trees in Cognizant’s upcoming campus in PuneJuly 28, 2012 Associates and their families planted trees and learnt about different species of flora and their requirements such as nutrition, water, medication or simply some attention!
  47. 47. Launch of Teach Reuse at Pune - August 2012Green Brigadiers at Cognizant-Pune organizedsessions for over 150 associates & 400 school kidsteaching to make useful and decorative items fromwaste.
  48. 48. Explore Cycling - Coimbatore - August 1 , 2012:Coimbatore Green Brigade team helped spread the wordon adopting cycling. Many varieties of cycles were ondisplay which associates could try out. More than 500associates participated.
  49. 49. Promote a clean environment, Hyderabad on July 28, 2012:Associates at Hyderabad took the stand to promote a clean environment by cleaning the Ameertpet area.
  50. 50. More than 100 associates joined us in our Facebook campaign on promoting growing local on World Kitchen Garden Day – August 24, 2012.
  51. 51. Launched a new way to plant trees and track them online - August, 23, 2012We partnered with TIST Tree planting program (TIST) in India to plant 100,000 trees and transform 200 acresof dry wasteland while providing 150 farmers with subsistence. In association with TIST, we launched aplatform to track the location of these trees via a GPS enabled satellite map. Now an associate can chooseto plant a tree and track it from any location.
  52. 52. Mahalunge tree plantation at Pune on August 25, 2012Associates atPune joinedfor a treeplantationdrive atMahaluge hillsand plantedaround 50saplings.
  53. 53. BangaloreAdminunveiled theDynapoddbicycle inAugust 2012to generateelectricity bypedaling.
  54. 54. 50+ associates shared their ZeDay stories on Car Pooling September 21, 2012
  55. 55. Launched Cognizant Carbon Footprint CalculatorSeptember 10, 2012 Carbon calculator encourages associates to keep a track of their carbon footprint and take small green actions to reduce their carbon footprint.
  56. 56. Face painting contest at Chennai-Siruseri on September 21, 2012 15 teams participated in the green facepainting contest promoting the message of reducing carbon emissions.
  57. 57. Soles for Souls Campaign at Cognizant US fromSeptember to OctoberCognizant US Green Brigadelaunched shoe collectioncampaigns around thecountry.In over two months the teamcovered Teaneck, Phoenix,Tampa, Bentonville andHolliston collecting morethan 300 pairs of shoes.
  58. 58. World Habitat Day and Wildlife Week! October 3, 2012
  59. 59. Bird Watching at Chennai October 6, 201230 associates took time off to watch birds and the amazing biodiversity at PallikarnaiMarsh. They identified birds and understood their habitats as they celebrated World Wildlife Week from October 1 to 7 along with Care Earth.
  60. 60. Spreading the message of Green - PuneOctober 6, 201270+ associates with family members, joined to help laya green foundation at our new campus.
  61. 61. The Joy of Green - HyderabadNovember, 2012 To celebrate Cognizant’s joy of 10 years in Hyderabad, we planted trees in our campus.Ramam Atmakuri – Vice President & Centre Head- Hyderabad initiated the event withhis inspiring speech on the need for ecological balance.
  62. 62. Cognizant-Australiacelebrated the NationalRecycling Week fromNovember 12-18, 2012.The importance ofrecycling printercartridges, mobilephones, batteries andplastic bags werediscussed. The weekended with a RecyclingQuiz.
  63. 63. Bird Survey at C3-CoimbatoreNovember 2012The surveyrecorded 27 speciesof birds showcasingfantasticbiodiversity!The related blogpost received morethan 176comments fromassociates
  64. 64. Namathodu plantation drive at Chennai on December 1, 2012:54 associates visited Namathodu village as a part ofthe Cognizant–TIST tree pledge program whereinassociates who had pledged trees through the onlineintranet portal planted the pledged trees.
  65. 65. Pune Nature Trail to Mayureshwar on December 2, 201260 associates went on a nature trail to MayureshwarWildlife Sanctuary to learn about the importance ofgrasslands and sighting many chinkara’s which are adominant species of the grasslands.
  66. 66. Go Green Cyclothon at Kochi - 4th December, 2012Kochi Green Brigade team cycled from Technopolis facility to Athulya campusflagged off by Prem Pandurangam (Senior Director - Sustainability).
  67. 67. Click Green - Chennai-Siruseri on December 11, 2012:Green Brigadiers celebrated World Soil Day andInternational Mountain Day with a photography conteston the theme of ‘Magic of our Soil and Mountains’.
  68. 68. The Green Riders Clublaunch at BangaloreDecember 9, 2012Bangalore GreenBrigade team launchedthe Green Riders Clubencouraging associatesto pedal wise by using abicycle for commuting.
  69. 69. Nokia Take Back campaign in MumbaiDecember, 2012Mumbai associates participated in a weeklong campaignbringing in their old mobile phones for recycling.
  70. 70. Promoting the 3Rsthrough RangoliGreen Brigadevolunteersorganized contestsat Chennai,Hyderabad &Bangalore to createawareness amongassociates on the3Rs – Reduce >Reuse > Recycle
  71. 71. Touch of Green in Celebrating Cognizant Grand Finale - Pune December 19, 2012 Go Green stall at the Celebrating Cognizant finale had associates joining the Green Brigade team and sponsoring saplings.The Green Brigade volunteer teamdecorated the stall with the help ofwaste material making it a zerowaste stall.More 100 associates visited thestall.
  72. 72. Bin IT bins for e-waste recyclingE-waste recyclingbins installed inoffices to encourageassociates to disposetheir e-waste in anenvironmentallyresponsible manner.
  73. 73. Establishedbicycle bays inour facilities tomake it easyfor associatesto cycle towork.
  74. 74. Finance embraces paperless processesThe Cognizant Finance team developed collaborations with financial organizationsto make it easy to report investments and medical reimbursements cutting down on paper usage saving more than 300,000 sheets of paper!
  75. 75. Project Teams go paperless with innovations A team based in our London office working for a leading UK retailer built a Spool File Convertor that helps convert reports into a soft copies and sends e-mails instead of printing them saving considerable amount of paper and money.A team of associates set on a mission toidentify reports that can be converted to e-documents for one of our insurance clients.The Support team convinced their customersto switch policy documents to soft copies.The team also advocated avoiding printing ofsensitive data. Both initiatives savedthousands of sheets of paper.
  76. 76. Wealth out of WasteCognizant’s procurementteam tied up with ITC-Ramky’s Wealth out ofWaste (WoW) program,wherein we recycle andbuy back recycled A4paper sheets.
  77. 77. Go Green on Social Media Go Green is a front runner in leveraging internal and external social media platforms online©2012, Cognizant
  78. 78. Reduced per capita carbon emissions by 32% 2008 2009 2010 2011 2011 - 2008Scope 1 Emissions Direct Emissions: Reduction 45% due to better efficiency of 0.37 0.28 0.28 0.20 reduction our Diesel Generators MT per associate MT per associate MT per associate MT per associateScope 2 Emissions Purchased Electricity: Reduction due to efficiency 36% improvement from the reduction 1.66 1.33 1.17 1.06 Energy Program MT per associate MT per associate MT per associate MT per associateScope 3 Emissions Indirect Emissions: 19% Due to air travel reduction 0.58 0.36 0.44 0.47 MT per associate MT per associate MT per associate MT per associate©2012, Cognizant
  79. 79. Rapidly improved our reputation in the market NEWSWEEK GREEN RANKINGS US Top 500©2012, Cognizant
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