ARRIS Lowell Facility Delivers on Commitment to Sustainability

Recently, our Cross Point Towers office and lab in Lowell, Massachusetts, underwent a major Lowell pic outsideconsolidation to reduce not only our physical footprint in the area, but also our environmental impact.

The project, spearheaded by the ARRIS Global Real Estate and Workplace Services team and Jones Lang LaSalle, in partnership with ARRIS Lowell-based Engineering teams, ultimately reduced the facility’s real estate footprint by more than 26 percent in only three months. With the unique needs of the Engineering teams in mind, a program was developed to ensure that the space design and infrastructure provided flexibility to accommodate lab changes and growth.

The project team partnered with leading environmental sustainability vendors to reduce the project’s carbon footprint, VOC (volatile organic compound) building materials, and overall waste.

Contractors hired for the project followed strict eco-sustainable practices, reused and repurposed more than half a million dollars in materials for use in local schools and the community, raised thousands of dollars in a silent auction for Cystic Fibrosis, and worked with specialized recyclers to divert more than 320,000 pounds of materials from landfill. New, zero-landfill furniture packaging enabled the team to recycle 100 percent (or 1,000 pounds) of its packaging materials, while construction demolition and waste management diversion initiatives recycled over 70 percent of construction waste, and diverted nearly 125 tons of it from landfill.

The responsibility initiatives also saved tens of thousands in energy rebates and freight costs while laying the groundwork for the facility to save thousands of dollars each year in energy costs.

In total, the project team’s corporate, social, and environmental responsibility initiatives achieved more than $232,000 in savings, diverted more than 636,000 pounds of waste, and contributed more than $526,000 in value to the community—showing that a commitment to doing the right thing can be good for business as well.

Find out more about ARRIS company-wide corporate, social, and environmental initiatives on our Corporate Responsibility site.

Living up to the challenge of environmental sustainability

Every day, we have discussions around how we can improve communications and entertainment via speed, range, resolution or reliability.  And every day we consider the impact of what we do on our environment. Sustainability is ingrained in how we work at ARRIS.

Our challenge is to design products and processes that reduce our impact on the environment. We call this ‘Conservation through Innovation,’ and not only does it result in greater efficiency, it reduces consumption of materials and power.

Since taking up this challenge, we’ve made some significant advances – and in some cases, halved the energy consumption of our set-tops since 2005.

  • We collaborate and provide technical leadership in numerous global initiatives – such as the Australian, European, Canadian and US energy efficiency voluntary agreements for set-tops, as well as small network equipment.
  • As a result of the US agreement, energy consumption has been reduced by an estimated 16.8 TWh – that’s equivalent to the energy used by all of the homes in both Washington, DC, and Chicago combined, for one year!
  • Our teams contribute to and chair working groups for the SCTE Energy 2020 initiatives to reduce power, energy and grid dependency.

We’re therefore proud to take our experience with these initiatives and our existing ways of working into the KPN Circular Manifesto. As a signatory, ARRIS has committed to working with the Dutch service provider to implement processes that are more energy efficient for both KPN and its customers and produce hardware that is circular by design – meaning it lasts longer, is produced using fewer virgin raw materials and is built in such a way that by 2025 close to 100% of the parts and resources can be reused or recycled.

Damien O'Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ARRIS (front row, third from left), with Eelco Blok, CEO KPN (front row, center) with Arie Cupedo, Account Director, ARRIS (back row  third from left)

Damien O’Sullivan, Head of Corporate Responsibility, ARRIS (front row, third from left), with Eelco Blok, CEO KPN (front row, center) and Arie Cupedo, Account Director, ARRIS (back row third from left)

Steve McCaffery, President, International at ARRIS said of the partnership: “We are proud to enhance the digital lives of consumers in the Netherlands, while continually ensuring a sustainable future for the environment, and its precious and limited resources.”

We want everyone to take on the challenge we created for ourselves: sure, we can make it faster, smarter, smaller and more reliable; but can we make it more environmentally sustainable?