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Recap: Zappos 3rd Annual Earth Day Party

On April 24th, Zappos hosted its 3rd Annual Earth Day Party at our new LEED-Gold* downtown Las Vegas campus! The plaza courtyard was packed with employees, vendors, and friends – this year’s event was leaps and bounds larger than the two previous year’s events. 

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Zappos LEAF teamed up with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day this year to bring our kids to our Earth Day Party. The LEAF team gave a presentation about recycling, solar energy and water conservation to more than 100 kids! The kids already know so much about the importance of protecting our earth’s resources – it’s inspiring!

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The LEAF team raffled two awesome beach cruisers for Zappos employees who participated in the event. Employees could earn extra raffle tickets for bringing used cell phones and batteries for proper recycling.  Needless to say, we collected a whole bunch of cell phones and batteries!

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It is evident by the excitement around this event that Zappos employees really care about the environment and actively seek out ways to reduce their impacts. Though we celebrate Earth Day just one day a year, we really try to remind our employees and friends that it is important to celebrate every day with daily acts of “greenness”. The Zappos LEAF team is thankful to have such great support from the company and employees. You guys rock!

Thanks to these very special friends for making Earth Day 2014 a huge success:

prAna

Keen

Republic Services

Renu Oil of America

Springs Preserve

Sierra Nevada

BluMarble

Klean Kanteen

ChicoBags

Clean the World

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

NV Energy

A1 Organics

Vegas Roots

Create a Change Now

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)

WonderSoil

Zerorez

Outside Las Vegas

Taylored Photo Memories

Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream

Eurest Catering (for the bomb grilled corn)

Check out more awesome news from LEAF on Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: Zappos_leaf

 

*Pending final USGBC approval

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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Zappos Campus Sneak Peak!

Zappos will be moving downtown this fall and we just couldn't wait to show you our new home. Take a look at this video for a sneak peek of our new digs!

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Community Day with Boys Town Nevada and the UFC

Community Day with Boys Town Nevada and the UFC

On July 3, Zappos joined Boys Town Nevada and the UFC for the community day that kicked off the UFC’s International Fight Week—an annual event that included a two-day fan expo and culminated in UFC 162. Volunteers helped 100 at-risk boys and girls select a new pair of Nike, Converse, adidas, Vans, DC, or Stride Rite shoes from Zappos.com.

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Once their shoes were chosen, the kids and their families enjoyed a provided lunch at the recently opened The Learning Village in downtown Las Vegas. There was even a Sno Cone truck on hand to provide some relief from 115-degree heat!

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UFC fighters Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold, Forrest Griffin, Benson Henderson, Carlos Condit, Urijah Faber, Joseph Benavidez and Daniel Cormier were on hand to answer questions, take pictures and sign autographs.

Despite going a few rounds with the heat, it’s safe to say this bout resulted in a huge win for the kids!

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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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Tony Keynotes at VERGE @ Greenbuild 2012

Last week in San Francisco, VERGE 2012 brought all sorts of technology and sustainability-focused professionals together to discuss the potential opportunities for technological advancements in energy, buildings and transportation.

Zappos’ very own CEO Tony Hsieh took center stage to deliver a stellar keynote address to hundreds of the professionals that attended the conference. His message was simple but packed full of inspiration: transform downtown Las Vegas into the “most community-focused large city in the world.” Tony highlighted the current efforts to bring technology, education, and small business development together in a way that creates “collisions, community and co-learning.”

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In Tony’s keynote address, there was also underlying messages of urban density, urban connectivity, and urban sustainability. By encouraging people, including Zappos employees, to move downtown, Tony hopes downtown Las Vegas will surpass 100 residents per acre: a population density that creates successful and sustainable cities. In Triumph of the City, a book that inspired Tony’s goal of revitalizing downtown Las Vegas, Edward Glaeser says, “The average suburban household consumes 27% more electricity than the average urban household.” The more residents that move and work downtown, the more our energy and resource consumption will decrease, as well as our carbon emissions from reduced car travel.  (Which the LEAF team couldn’t be more supportive of!)

In the fall of 2013, Zappos will move from the suburbs of Green Valley to the hustle and bustle of downtown Las Vegas. Modeled after NYU’s campus, our new home will blend with the surrounding neighborhoods and become part of the Las Vegas community.  We couldn’t be more excited for this new Zappos chapter!

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Downtown Cares Cleanup

The neighborhoods of downtown Las Vegas got tidied up last weekend as the Moonridge Group and the El Cortez organized its fall Downtown Cares cleanup event. On a bright, crisp Saturday morning, members of the Zappos L.E.A.F. team joined local businesses, organizations and neighbors to pick up trash over several square miles surrounding the Las Vegas Arts District.

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All the volunteers had a great time getting to know each other during the cleanup and were super appreciative that Zappos picked up the lunch tab. We can’t wait to get back out there and clean some more!!

For more information about Downtown Cares, check out this awesome write-up by Kim Schafer of the Downtown Project.

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Sustainability at Zappos

On August 27th, two hundred Zapponians made the move to their new office at 302 E Caron St. in downtown Las Vegas. These pioneers made the journey in advance of their other 1,500 colleagues who are scheduled to move there in October of 2013. The leased space in 302 E Carson offers a great opportunity to test innovative office strategies and ideas that will assist in the development of the new office space: cool strategies and ideas that also center on sustainability.

Why 302 E Carson? It had to be a space that could be renovated to fit Zappos’ culture and specific business needs, as well as provide a sustainable workplace. Ultimately, the 6th and 7th floors of the 11-story building at 302 E Carson were chosen to be Zappos’ first downtown office. Build out only took three months and on August 27th, Kuzco the llama chewed through a ribbon made of carrots to welcome the Zapponians to their new home!

In this post, we’ll specifically look at four of the most prominent sustainable attributes of 302 E Carson and how they foreshadow what’s to come for Zappos’ future home at 400 Stewart (Old City Hall).

 

LEED Certification

In 2010, Thompson National Properties, the property owner, completed a major renovation of 302 E Carson. The renovation by Shangri Lai earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) for its core and shell. Some of the most noticeable LEED features that Zappos employees will get to experience are the low flow water fixtures in the restrooms that save 40% annually, the dual glaze windows to keep out the heat, the upgraded efficient HVAC equipment that keep the space comfortable, and the ample bike parking.

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High Performance Recycling

The inhabitants at 302 E Carson are also experimenting with a unique recycling system. Unlike most traditional offices, waste bins at every individual desk are not present. Instead of purchasing two hundred 12-liter waste bins per desk or two hundred waste bins and two hundred recycling bins per desk, the design team bought only forty 46-liter split bin (recycle and waste) containers from Simplehuman and spaced them strategically throughout the office. The design team then went one step further; they flipped the traditional use of the split sides, using the larger waste side for recycling and using the smaller recycle side for waste. The bins are well marked with a quirky Zappos-style graphic sticker on the top lid that clearly labels the two sides and what goes in them. The graphic lists recyclables such as “paper, aluminum and plastic” and trash such as “dirty tissues, gum, boogers, and weird stuff.” According to Brad Tomm, Zappos’ Sustainability Manager, “the removal of bins from employee’s desks make the trash/recycle experience more active and less passive. Having to physically get up and place one’s trash in the bin creates an experience where people are more apt to do the right thing and take a brief moment to sort their waste correctly.” Using this system, Zappos’ goal is to recycle 80 – 90% of the office waste.

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle

One of the favorite guest and employee perks at Zappos is the use of the fleet vehicles for transportation to and from the airport or important meetings. The Zappos Concierge team (ZCON) manages a fleet of six vehicles and one bus. New at 302 E Carson is Zappos’ first alternative-fueled vehicle, a CNG (compressed natural gas) Dodge mini van. This spacious little van was converted by World CNG and is fueled at Clean Energy’s numerous local fueling stations. This van will burn cleaner and produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional gasoline. As the fleet vehicles reach their life expectancy, Zappos plans to always give replacement priority to electric, hybrid, or CNG vehicles.

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Sustainable Furniture

The last bit of clever coolness to cover is the choice to furnish the office space with the newest modular designs from Herman Miller, a company known for its strong commitment to environmental responsibility. Herman Miller’s Sense™ desking system was chosen for the office space because of its flexibility, compatibility and sustainability. Over two hundred desks offer employees modern work stations that can be moved, modified, and reconfigured without using a single tool. Zappos also chose the Sense™ desking system because it is comprised from 46% recycled content materials, contains FSC-certified wood and is GREEN GUARD® certified as a low emitting product.

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To wrap up, Zappos’ new office space at 302 E Carson is a really sweet spot. Think of it as a sneak peak for what’s to come at the NEW Zappos headquarters at 400 Stewart St. -- Coming soon in October 2013!