With a workforce of approximately 53,000 employees, PNC recognizes the importance of employee engagement to achieve its sustainability goals. In November 2016, PNC launched the “Bring to Light” energy campaign to educate employees about energy conservation both at work and at home. The campaign featured six internal news stories, each of which focused on the history of and conservation practices for a particular energy source.
In 2017, and based on the success of the “Bring to Light” campaign, PNC:
As water scarcity, water quality and high water rates have become increasingly pressing environmental issues, we are focused on reducing water use across our footprint. While we have already reduced our water consumption by 29 percent and are on target to achieve our 2020 goal of a 30 percent reduction, we recognize a need to do more and recently set a reduction target of 50 percent by 2035.
In 2017, PNC completed its standard water audit procedure at more than 75 of its buildings that consume the greatest amount of water. We discovered instances of inconsistent irrigation schedules, over-watering of landscaping, outdated and inefficient irrigation equipment, non-programmable irrigation controllers, and major leaks. To address these issues, we launched several pilot projects in Florida and Michigan to test new high-efficiency irrigation equipment, smart irrigation controllers and new scheduling requirements.
Based on the success of these projects, we will be pursuing additional projects in Florida, Michigan and other states where we have an opportunity to significantly reduce our buildings’ water consumption.
A life cycle assessment conducted in 2016 found that PNC’s greatest environmental impact is its buildings. This finding has driven PNC to take specific actions to lessen its construction projects’ environmental impacts and to constantly seek new ways to reuse or recycle building materials and other resources. In 2016, for example, PNC developed a program in which it responsibly redistributes office furniture, equipment and supplies that are no longer needed due to property renovations or location changes. By ensuring that these items receive a home, PNC helps divert waste from the landfill and subsequently reduces the amount of carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. Furthermore—and perhaps most importantly—PNC’s donations benefit qualified schools and nonprofit organizations across its footprint.
In 2017 alone, PNC donated 624 tons of furniture, equipment and supplies to 20 schools and nonprofit organizations that have an existing relationship with the PNC Foundation. These donations had a value of approximately $375,000 and allowed PNC to reduce its carbon emissions by more than 1,600 metric tons.
In addition to engaging employees, we recognize the value of partnering with universities, startups, community organizations and industry associations, all of which help us drive innovation, reach our ambitious environmental goals and gain exposure to new opportunities.
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