After looking at Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work 2017 Employee’s Choice Awards, the team at CTXP noticed that Texas clutched almost a fifth of all large, medium and small businesses, combined. With millions of company reviews, Glassdoor offers insight into employees’ mindset and proves how competitive Texas is compared with other states in the nation. While Texas businesses are named some of the best places to work, they’re also working toward eco-friendliness and improving sustainability.
Explore Texas-based companies that made Glassdoor’s best places to work list, and see how each company is working to become greener.
Top large Texas businesses
And with such a large market area in Texas, it’s no surprise that the chain follows the state’s steps in being environmentally friendly. H-E-B believes that being energy efficient and conserving resources not only helps the planet, but also helps to pass on savings to consumers. The retailer participates in recycling, green building, cutting carbon emission and community partnership efforts.
Named one of America’s Greenest Companies 2015 by Newsweek, and recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s List of Fortune 500 Partners, Southwest Airlines operates many sustainability and environmentally conscious programs. One of the airlines biggest initiatives is its Phoenix Ground Support Equipment (GSE) shop. The GSE program works to eliminate waste, reduce overall costs, cut emissions and reduce impacts to local communities. Since 2005, Southwest Airlines has improved jet fuel conservation by 29.3 percent.
While the company doesn’t sell a product, and instead offers a service, Keller Williams remains committed to a greener, “better future for all.” The company states that sustainability builds lasting value for homes, and that protecting our planet equates to protecting the homes it sells. In 2011, the company published a book titled Green Your Home that helps consumers and agents find easy ways to live a healthy, money-smart and sustainable life when at home.
With making the world greener in mind, the company’s environmental stewardship goals include a five-year plan that aims to reduce its impact on local communities and the environment. For example, one of Texas Instruments’ goals was to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per chip by 30 percent by the end of 2015. Another thing to note is the company voluntarily reduces air emissions beyond what’s required by law. For example, in 2011 the company reduced refrigerant leak rate from 4.8 percent to 2.8 percent.
Top small and medium Texas businesses
As many people already know, cloud computing addresses a main concern when it comes to large businesses and technology: resource efficiency. Instead of several businesses and corporations operating their own proprietary management systems, virtualization allows one location to run several companies’ back-end systems, cutting back on energy consumption.
When Sendero isn’t working for other businesses, it’s making sure it’s helping out the local Texas community. Sendero is a corporate sponsor of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, helping fund a weekly concert series and overall improvement of the public grounds. The group has also sponsored the Dallas Farmers Market’s annual Hoedown event by funding improvements to the market’s Resource Center. Overall, Sendero tries to give back to the communities it’s involved in, and supports organizations that make the community more environmentally sound.
Continuing its growing accolades, Masergy enables other companies to become greener through cloud-based computing. By relying on cloud-based software instead of in-house computing, companies can lessen their energy burdens and lower total costs, reduce complexity and allow for better collaboration. Masergy states that companies can see a 30 to 40 percent savings by moving from on-premises business applications to the cloud. To top it off, the company also awards a yearly scholarship to students pursuing a STEM education, furthering the advancement of energy-saving technology.
The company practices community involvement, and has a goal to become a long-term trusted advisor to all its clients. No matter whether it’s helping the environment or volunteering with a local organization, Pariveda Solutions believes in connecting and engaging with its communities. In particular, the company participates in volunteering with the Houston Food Bank by helping sort medicines, disposing of expired goods and recycling appropriate items.
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