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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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Zappos is Composting!

Zappos is composting! It’s true; we have partnered with A1 Organics to collect and compost the food scraps and paper products that are generated in the Z-Bistro. For the last few months, we have been testing the compost collection system inside the kitchen where food scraps from daily prep are separated and collected for composting. Recently, we extended the reach of the collection to include the leftover food scraps, napkins, and paper plates from the dining room. More than 1,000 meals are served a day - this makes for a lot of scraps!

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Just to be clear, we are not composting on-site since we don’t have a worm farm out back (but how cool would that be!). Rather, we are sending our compostable materials to A1’s facility north of Las Vegas. A1 has over 50 acres of land dedicated to making 24,000 tons of mulch and compost a year from the food scraps collected from Zappos, supermarkets and Strip casinos, and green waste from many local landscaping companies and golf courses. After 90 days of processing, the mulch and compost returns to the city and is sold at local nurseries – a great life cycle story.

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In typical Zappos style, we had a party to celebrate our composting initiative. The day-long “compost party” featured education from LEAF and A1 Organics and muddy cup treats from the Z-Bistro kitchen team. Mmm, tasty!

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Cell Phone Recycling at Zappos

The LEAF (Leading Environmental Awareness for the Future) Team is always looking for ways to introduce new eco benefits to our fellow Zapponians. Last week, LEAF set up new, convenient Cell Phone Recycling Centers across our campus. We’re asking employees to clean out that drawer full of old cell phones, power cables, old school pagers, and even Zack Morris cell phones! (We know you have one!) It is time to get rid of that iPhone 1 or Razr you’ve been holding on to.

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LEAF has partnered with Newsweek’s #3 Greenest Company in America, Sprint-Nextel, to launch this exciting initiative. Here’s how it works: LEAF collects the devices from employees and Sprint-Nextel recycles the equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. To seal the deal, Sprint-Nextel donates proceeds from the recycled material to a charity of our choice!

Stay tuned for updates about this and other green initiatives here at Zappos HQ!