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Zappos Employees Leave The Car At Home

Las Vegas is known as a “car-town”. The city’s infrastructure was built for the car commuter and almost everyone drives a car to work (even Zappos employees). But a few Zappos troopers are bravely taking alternative transportation for the majority of their commutes.

One such employee is Steven Allen, the Zappos Campus Programs Manager. Steven lives in one of the City’s farthest suburbs but takes the RTC bus to work at least three times a week. The round trip is more than 30 miles per day; he averages 90 miles a week on the bus! The cool thing is that he rides the Centennial Express route, one of RTC’s express buses that jumps on the freeway and has a direct route (no stops) into downtown. In fact, the first stop on the route is just 3 blocks away from Zappos. Even better, the bus stop Steven uses to get home from Zappos is literally on Zappos’ campus perimeter. “I don’t even have to cross the street. I just walk around to the back of our campus, hop on the bus, and enjoy a stop-free ride home. It’s awesome! Plus, the bus is able to utilize the carpool lane, which I am painfully reminded of on the days I drive my car into work”, said Steven. He’s able to do it all on the bus. He can relax and listen to music or power through work and emails. The RTC also understands that we live in a very ‘connected’ world these days and is currently piloting a free WIFI program on the Centennial Express route.

 

Chris Race is a Technology Project Manager at Zappos and rides to work once a week and for fun 2-3 times a week.  When riding in, he uses the bike rack just off the North Garage behind the lobby.  For the sake of everyone in his area, he’ll clean up in the locker room located in the basement before heading upstairs full of endorphins and ready to ROCK.  Zappos installed more than 10 showers for men and women based on the guidelines established by the LEED certification.  Chris likes to ride his bike because it is a great fitness perk and helps save almost 200 miles a month on his car, which is money in the bank!  Morning rides in are usually full of neat sunrises, still air, and a line of people lined up to high-five everyone riding a bike to work.  In other words, jump on the saddle and head in on two wheels!

 

 

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Written by Brad T.

The Blind Center of Nevada

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Located in North Las Vegas, The Blind Center is the largest private not-for-profit seller on eBay, with 60% of its operating costs covered by electronics re-sale. The Blind Center is also a very green operation; including an impressive rooftop solar array that powers almost 100% of the electricity needed at its North Las Vegas headquarters

On a recent visit to The Blind Center, directors Cory and Ronnie showed the Zappos LEAF team that the Center is a joyful, happy place focused on helping people who are both genetically and newly blind to socialize, be active and reach their full potential.

The Center has grown to include classes in music, crafting, exercise and even bowling! Volunteers also lead members on trips to the grocery store and picnics at Red Rock Park. This holiday season, members of the center are busy assembling beautiful holiday gift baskets filled with delicious chocolate treats, with all proceeds benefitting The Blind Center programs (definitely check it out!).

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On November 15, Zappos LEAF celebrated America Recycles Day by collecting computers, printers, and other home electronics from employees for donation to the Blind Center. We look forward to our continued friendship with The Blind Center; improving both the lives of others and the health of our planet.

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For more information about the Blind Center of Nevada, please visit: blindcenter.org

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Introducing: The New Z-Bistro

Hi everyone! Zappos L.E.A.F. is psyched to introduce you to our brand new “Z-Bistro”! It’s a great addition to our LEED-certified (pending) campus and fits well with our overall sustainability initiatives. To start, we renovated one of Clark County’s oldest libraries into this stunning new employee dining room we call the Z-Bistro.

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We preserved and refurbished the old concrete floors and wooden ceiling trusses to create an awesome, eye-catching exposed floor and ceiling. We cozied up a traditional looking dining room with comfortable furniture, a reading lounge and warm color tones. When it’s nice outside, Zapponians can hang out on the lighted outdoor patio and enjoy the beautiful desert weather.

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In an effort to be more sustainable, we implemented numerous initiatives aimed at reducing waste and water consumption. We have washable plates, cups, and utensils that can be washed over and over again in our water efficient dishwasher (a change from our last campus dining room) and for meals “to-go” we provide 100% compostable utensils, cups, plates and bowls.

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To reduce waste we have single-use napkin dispensers, bulk condiment dispensers and we went trayless to reduce food waste (even though we would have loved to use the trays for sand dune sledding!). We continue to compost our food scraps with a local composter, keeping tons of food scraps out of the landfill by repurposing them for tasty mulch. Most importantly, the new Z-Bistro has transitioned toward healthier and seasonal offerings, including fresh local ingredients; we even started growing herbs in our own backyard herb garden!

These are just some of the awesome features of our new Z-Bistro. We’ll be sharing more updates soon about the sustainable features of the entire downtown campus, so please stay tuned!

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Power up! Zappos Supports Electric Vehicles

On June 14, four electric vehicle charging stations officially came online for usage by our employees and guests in the south garage of Zappos’ new LEED® Gold (pending) downtown campus!

As electric vehicles (EVs) have steadily gained popularity over the years, installing these stations was a perfect opportunity to encourage our employees to commute to work in a more eco-friendly manner. Although the big move downtown to the campus is still more than a month away, the chargers have already been put to good use; one of our friends in IT department has been plugging in his Nissan Leaf, while a member of the construction project management team has used the chargers for his Chevy Volt. There have even been sightings of Project 100’s Tesla Model S powering up! 

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The four charging stations are also part of Zappos’ commitment to the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, a collaborative initiative to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold by 2018. This means that Zappos will soon be included in their Electric Vehicle Charging Station Location registry, which is widely considered to be the most comprehensive database of charging stations available. But the coolest part is that Zappos is currently one of only 48 companies in the country to join this forward-looking program!

As part of this partnership with the Department of Energy, we also surveyed interested Zapponians on their attitude towards electric vehicles. Results showed that 60% of respondents are considering purchasing an EV, which indicates good things for the future. Another question on the survey asked what they thought about the installation of the four chargers – only 2% considered them a waste of a parking space, while an amazing 55% of saw it as the right thing to do and thought more should be installed.

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This all ties in to Zappos’ commitment to a healthier, more livable downtown Las Vegas. Currently, our fleet of vehicles has a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered minivan and moving forward, we’re looking to replace our existing fleet with electric vehicles, as well as hybrids and additional CNG vehicles.

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Green Order Sustainability Workshop

San Francisco-based Cleantech Group and consulting firm Green Order – which Fortune has called “the go-to consulting company for green business” –brought a number of their clients and partners to Downtown Las Vegas last week for a sustainability workshop, hosted by the Zappos LEAF Team. The two-day event included an in-depth look at the progress of the Downtown Project, which includes Zappos’ forthcoming move to a new, LEED certified campus in the area. Additionally, sustainability leaders from leading companies like eBay, Facebook and UPS came together to discuss how they could use innovation and new business models to move the needle forward on sustainability. All in all, it was an extremely successful and productive two days and it was a great way to demonstrate the commitment of the Zappos LEAF team.

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Day one of the workshop started with a walking tour of Downtown, with stops at CEO Tony Hsieh’s apartment in the Ogden (practically across the street from the soon-to-be-opening Zappos campus!), the newly reopened Gold Spike, and a stroll down Fremont East. The night ended up with a dinner at La Comida, a new addition to Downtown’s restaurant scene. Not only were the participants treated to a delicious Mexican dinner, but they were also able discuss the importance of community connectivity to creating a happier, more sustainable city.

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The next day started bright and early, with brainstorming sessions on how sustainability professionals could incorporate technological innovation into making their companies more environmentally friendly. Not only was the brainstorming session thought- provoking, but it ended up being fun as well! After that, the group toured the Zappos Carson Street office, a LEED Gold Certified Core and Shell building that is serving as a test lab for the new campus’s setup.

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During the afternoon, participants shared ideas on how to embed new sustainable business ideas into their own organizations. Everyone walked away with some great ideas, some of which the LEAF team will be bringing to Zappos in the near future!

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The Zappos 2nd Annual Earth Day Party

On April 24th, Zappos hosted its second annual Earth Day Event in our Henderson HQ! We had 17 new and returning vendors join the Zappos LEAF Team in creating an awesome event to highlight how easy it is to go green.

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Over 450 Zapponians hung out with us, enjoyed the sunshine, and learned about sustainable initiatives. Similar to last year, our metric for success is to teach each Zapponian at least one new eco-habit that makes a difference. Whether it is to use a reusable shopping bag or to buy brands that utilize recycled materials, every little habit or lifestyle change helps keep our planet a wonderful place to live.

We had all sorts of educational activities and giveaways for our employees. Our favorite: Repurpose America brought a giant earth mural painted by a local artist and hundreds of Zapponians used paint pens to leave messages of support for the planet by signing the canvas. The mural will be hung up inside the new downtown Zappos campus for all to see.

Special thanks to all of our friends who participated this year. Giant high fives to Zappos’ own DJ Ultra for bringing the beats and to our awesome Bistro team for grilling corn on the cob. We’ll see you next year at our 3rd Earth Day party in downtown Vegas!

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A Big "Thank You" goes out to these very special friends who made this Earth Day event possible:

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Klean Kanteen

ChicoBags

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Whole Foods

Republic Services

Vegas Roots

Springs Preserve

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Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)

EnergyFit Nevada

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Zappos’ 1st Children’s Earth Day Art Contest

Happy Earth Day, friends! Zappos will be celebrating Earth Day this Wednesday by hosting our second annual Earth Day Event at our Henderson campus. In preparation for the event, we asked Zappos parents to enter their kids into our first Children’s Art Contest with a theme of, “How I care for the planet.”

We really want to highlight and recognize these kids for doing such an amazing job! Our kids are so important to us and are the reasons why we’re trying to leave the planet a better place, so that they can enjoy it the way we did. They are also the ones who will most likely solve many of the planet’s environmental challenges. After receiving the art entries, it was awesome to see how much our kids know about the planet and how to care for it! Show of hands: Did your child teach you and your family how to recycle?! Yep, ours too!

We’re so proud of all the kiddos that participated!! Below are the winners of the first Children’s Art Contest - Earth Day 2013. Each winner received a fabulous eco-friendly gift basket to help them continue to care for the planet.

Winners from ages 5 and under:

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Winners from ages 6-10:

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Winners from ages 11-14:

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Getting Dirty in the Las Vegas Wash

Zappos was thrilled to get down and dirty this month at the biannual Las Vegas Wash “Green Up”. Members of the Zappos LEAF team joined more than 350 other community members (boy scouts, girl scouts, students, church groups and businesses) to plant 3,000 trees and shrubs in a 7-acre area along the banks of the wash. The sun was shining, water was flowing and adults and kids were chatting about the importance of preserving this spectacular oasis inside the Las Valley.

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The Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee stated, “The efforts of these volunteers have created much-needed habitat for wildlife living along the Las Vegas Wash. Re-vegetation also has helped stabilize the wash’s banks, reducing erosion and improving water quality into Lake Mead, the source of the Las Vegas Valley's drinking water.”

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See you all next fall at the 22nd Las Vegas Wash “Green Up”!