Apogee strives to achieve the most eco-friendly and balanced business possible.
From minimizing plastic and environmentally harmful components in its products and packaging to installing solar panels on its Santa Monica headquarters to offering incentives for employees to walk and bike to work, Apogee is committed to constantly improving and evaluating its impact on the local and global community.
Apogee Goes Solar
Apogee Headquarters in Santa Monica, CA is powered by 32 kilowatt solar array consisting of 152 panels that supply 60% of Apogee’s total power and electrical requirements. The solar array also charges a battery backup system, which fulfills Apogee’s power needs in the event of an emergency. Any surplus power generated on weekends and holidays is fed back to the greater Los Angeles power grid.
Apogee also uses high-efficiency A/C, LED lighting, computer systems, and effective use of natural light. Apogee continues to identify further efficiencies, which combined with recent solar upgrades has made the company nearly grid neutral.
CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett’s intentions are to implement all feasible methods to reduce any negative impact on the environment. The company strives to make its corporate functionality consistent with its ethics. Bennett explains, “Apogee’s commitment to the environment is a priority. We are doing our best to create a workplace that is conducive to creativity, productivity and environmental awareness.”
The Green Gang – Apogee Walks and Bikes to Work
Apogee’s main offices are located in sunny Santa Monica, California. Many of Apogee’s employees enjoy taking advantage of the great weather year round and bike and walk to work. Beyond this quite a few Apogee staff members opt to ride the bus to work. An even larger number car pool or park off site and walk to work. Apogee encourages employees to bike, walk, car pool or ride accessible Santa Monica public transportation, in an ongoing effort to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Employees have access to showers, a safe place to park their bikes, and lockers.