The people of Cisco in the United States and Canada can now buy or lease solar power for their homes at a discount, thanks to an initiative between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Geostellar, an online marketer of solar systems.
The program uses bulk buying power to give employees, families, and friends access to solar power for their homes at a flat rate that is on average 35% lower than the national average and roughly 50% less expensive than the average electric utility rates. By providing both purchase and financing options, and a variety of panel choices, participants can select a system which meets their individual needs. Kimberly-Clark, 3M, National Geographic, as well as other companies and cities are also participating.
The offer will be available to over 100,000 people of the participating companies; if just 1% of them choose to power their homes with solar, more than 74,500 metric tons of carbon emissions would be avoided each year – the equivalent of taking more than 15,000 cars off the road, according to a World Wildlife Fund press release.
Ali Ahmed’s new solar installation in Cleveland, Ohio
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Tags: carbon emissions, Green, solar, solar energy, solar power
Last week, more than 200 leaders from dozens of technology companies and international humanitarian and conservation organizations came together at the NetHope Global Member Summit on our San Jose, California campus. Experts in humanitarian relief, emergency response, and conservation from around the world participated in nearly 30 brainstorming sessions, and I was fortunate enough to attend a few and speak with some of the summit’s most innovative leaders.
NetHope is a collaboration of 41 leading international nonprofit nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that provide humanitarian development, emergency response, disaster relief, and conservation programs. Cisco helped found NetHope in 2001, bringing together Chief Information Officers (CIOs) to better serve the developing world through smarter use of technology.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, collaboration, corporate social responsibility, disaster relief, Emergency Communications, emergency response, NetHope, voice and data
Within 24 hours of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas almost 2 years ago, Cisco’s Community Relations team had already committed to help residents impacted by the devastation and contacted me in Cisco’s Richardson office.
Within another month, we decided to partner with Waco Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a family home, and to send Richardson employees to volunteer. After a lengthy application and vetting process, the new homeowner was selected and groundbreaking for the new home was scheduled for Friday, November 7.
Soon-to-be homeowner Gloria Alamos and her daughter with Beth Kolman and the team of Cisco employee volunteers with Waco Habitat for Humanity
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, employee volunteer
On Veterans Day, I want to acknowledge and honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces … as well as the families, friends, and coworkers who have supported them.
Cisco is a military friendly company and we are proud to be recognized today as a Military Friendly® Employer by Victory Media.
Cisco’s corporate veterans program started in June 2011. It 1is focused on helping veterans find meaningful jobs and providing access to career training resources. For example:
- The IT Training and Certification program launched by Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and First Lady Michelle Obama in April 2013. This pilot program fast-tracked transitioning military personnel through IT training and certifications from Cisco and similar companies, and then matched them to high-demand civilian jobs. Nearly 400 veterans enrolled in training as part of the pilot program and 59 percent of those who had transitioned out of the military say it helped them get a new job.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, employment, job skills, military, veterans
Last week, Cisco was once again named a top corporate philanthropist by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Cisco ranked #2 with US$19.2 million in contributions to Silicon Valley nonprofits and community organizations — just $240,000 behind the #1 corporate donor, the Sobrato Organization. By lending our support in our backyard, we hope to demonstrate our belief that what is good for the community is good for business.
Cisco employees, led by Senior Vice President Randy Pond (4th from right) accept the Top Silicon Valley Philanthropist Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal on November 6, 2014.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate giving, corporate philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, employee volunteer