Subaru Research & Development
Sustainable Business Practices
Subarus Research & Development facility, located in Ann Arbor, has gone above and beyond in the field of waste reduction. Through a variety of measures, the company reduced its waste stream by 70% in two years. All paper, cardboard, containers, wood debris, scrap metal and computers are recycled in addition to reusing many office items such as folders, envelopes and coffee mugs. The company also prints double-sided pages, uses hand driers instead of paper towels in its restrooms and utilizes web based documents and email to reduce the amount of paper used for communication. Employees receive a thorough education on the waste reduction program and employee practices reveal that they are well informed on expected environmentally friendly practices. The company also purchases ENERGY STAR rated office equipment and by installs timers on lights and heating/cooling appliances. In 2006, natural gas usage was reduced by 24% and electricity use was reduced by 17%. Further electricity-use reduction is planned for 2007 and 2008. Outside of the area of waste reduction, Subaru is a participating member in the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioners Community Partners for Clean Streams program and has instituted policies which negate their facilitys affect on surface water run-off and is in compliance with all local, state and federal environmental rules and regulations regarding pollution.