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Vivien Chia
Community Manager
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We launched a #CommunityPoll on social in September, asking “Are you keen to know more about what you can do to help address climate change?” 

And the response…

* Count me in! = 72% 

* Maybe = 11% 

* No thanks = 17% 

* Other = 0% 

 [Source: LinkedIn | X/Twitter

With that, we want to create a space within the community knowledge hub to keep you posted on the latest Cisco’s key sustainability resources! #CiscoSustainability


‘The Plan for Possible’ 

Cisco Chief Sustainability Officer, Mary de Wysocki introduced Cisco's next generation environmental sustainability strategy for not just a sustainable future, but a regenerative one (with examples of where we've already made an impact):


>> Read blog: The Plan for Possible: Connecting a regenerative future  

>> Read blog: 5 Environmental Sustainability Trends for 2024

>> Read blog: Celebrating women’s inclusion in the climate innovation space

>> [New!] Watch video: The environmental impact of data centres: AI's insatiable thirst for energy


Sustainability 101 blog series 

  • Do you feel a bit lost when people refer to certain environmental sustainability topics and aren’t sure where to start when it comes to learning more?  
  • Sustainability 101 is a Cisco blog series that clarifies different environmental terms that may come up at work, during discussions with friends, and even at your annual holiday gathering. 


>> Go to Cisco Blogs | Sustainability 101  


Cisco ESG reporting hub 

  • We are applying circular economy principles and improving the energy efficiency of our products to reduce our environmental footprint. 

>> Learn more: Product sustainability 

  • How we address GHG emissions, waste, and water within our supply chain. 

>> Learn more: Supply chain environmental stewardship  

  • As part of Cisco’s overall commitment to sustainability, we in Cisco IT and Workplace Resources (WPR) have been working with our procurement, logistics, and other teams to make our global data centers more sustainable. 

>> Learn more: Cisco IT Data Center Sustainability 

  • The environmental footprint at our owned facilities, buildings, and labs 

>> Learn more: Our operations 

  • Want to learn more about the clean energy transition and how Cisco supports it? Watch this engaging and informative GreenBiz interview with Kelsi Doran, Director of Strategy in the Chief Sustainability Office.


Cisco sustainability programs, products and services 

  • Cisco Refresh is one of Cisco’s earliest sustainability initiatives, is now in its third decade of existence,  and continues to make a positive impact on the planet by providing a second life for Cisco products.  

>> Read blog: Cisco Refresh reinforces sustainability efforts 

>> Learn more: Get the value of Cisco products at significant savings with fully Certified Remanufactured equipment  

  • Cisco Takeback and Reuse Program lets Cisco equipment owners return hardware that has reached end-of-use, at no cost. This includes equipment branded by companies acquired by Cisco. Cisco reuses or recycles nearly 100% of products that are returned to us. 

>> Learn more: Environmentally sound. Zero cost 

  • Cisco Capital Green Pay, a circular IT payment solution to support customer sustainability goals 

>> Watch video: Introducing Cisco Green Pay – Making it easier for customers to support the circular economy 

>> Learn more: Finance your Cisco solution  

  • Cisco CX Sustainability Services 

Driving a sustainability strategy comes with incredible complexity and a spectrum of expectations. With the stakes being as high as it gets – the preservation of our planet – this is one we need to get right. Be more sustainable with CX. 


>> Read blog: Driving a Successful Sustainability Agenda – A Deep Dive into a Holistic Approach 

  • Cisco Sustainability Estimator provides Cisco partners insight into the estimated energy savings, emissions reduction, cost reduction and environmental impact that a customer may realize by modernizing its hardware. Partnering for Purpose. 

>> These insights are only available to Environmental Sustainability specialized partners.  

>> The tool is also supported by a new Sustainability Partner Journey with resources and collateral to help partners build their sustainability practices. 

  • Partnering for Purpose Sustainability Bootcamp - The boot camp component was fundamental to the success of the initiative as partners were able to attain the Cisco Environmental Sustainability Specialization Pledge in one day as well as to understand how this new specialization creates business opportunities by unlocking the Takeback Incentive (up to 7% extra discount and free takeback services for displaced hardware when registering Take Back deals) or unlocking a new path towards a Cisco Partner Select level Upgrade.  For every Black Belt Sustainability Certification achieved, Cisco and Ingram Micro donated 200 AUD to Planet Ark Environmental Foundation!

>> Read blog: Embracing Sustainability: Embark on the Journey to a More Sustainable Future!

  • Cisco Engineering Sustainability - Check out this eBook that help Cisco customers and partners learn about Cisco's sustainable technology and solutions: Cisco Live EMEA edition | 2024

>> Read blog: Setting the Standard: Cisco Catalyst switches among the first to achieve ENERGY STAR certification

>> Missed Sustainability @ Cisco Live US 2024? Visit the On-Demand Library here.


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Community/social impacts 

  • Cisco solutions help coffee growers and plant researchers innovate the future of agriculture in climate-stricken regions

In order to capture large amounts of data, then transfer it seamlessly and securely over thousands of miles, Cisco solutions are essential. Cisco LoRaWAN, a radio-transmission technology known for its long-distance data transmission and low-power consumption, is among the solutions helping connect the sensors while enabling local, preliminary data analysis. Cisco cloud and LTE technologies further support the secure transfer of data to Florence and back. And Cisco Webex enables real-time, secure collaboration between project members in Tanzania and Florence.

>> Read blog: On a Tanzanian espresso farm, technology ‘listens’ to plants

  • Cisco Foundation 

The Cisco Foundation was established in 1997 by a gift from Cisco. Cisco and the Cisco Foundation partner with nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community-based organizations to carry out many of our Corporate Social Responsibility programs. In 2021, the Cisco Foundation committed US$100 million over 10 years to fund nonprofit grants and impact investing in climate solutions.  

>> Learn more: Funding climate solutions  

>> Read blog: The state of the pledge: Cisco’s $100 million climate-change commitment

>> Read blog: Earth Day: How we’re helping our social and environmental systems heal and thrive

>> Go to Cisco Blogs | Climate Impact and Regeneration portfolio


Encouraging Cisco employees to contribute to their local and global communities is one way we bring our purpose to life. 

  • Engaging employees on sustainability: Cisco encourages employees to contribute to environmental sustainability. We have numerous programs and platforms through which people can access resources, get inspiration and share ideas. Employees continue to participate in 24 Green Team Networks (Global Inclusive Communities focused on driving sustainability impacts) and join in our annual Earth Day celebration, Earth Aware, that culminates in SustainX each year.

>> Read blog: How Cisco employees are involved with community impact

>> Read blog: World Bee Day: Meet Cisco’s Connected Bees in Amsterdam

>> Learn more: Employee environmental engagement

  • Cisco’s Green Team Network (CGTN) has been driving sustainability as part of Cisco’s Inclusive Communities (Employee Resource Groups) for the last 10 years. The Network is working towards this goal by raising awareness of today’s most pressing sustainability challenges. They connect employees with the tools and resources to drive actions through service projects and campaigns. Above all, CGTN encourages employees to have fun and connect while making Cisco a more sustainable company. Find some of the volunteer/giveback activities and stories here: 

>> Read blog: Why sustainability is important to members of Cisco’s Green Team

>> Read blog: Together we can make an impact: How a beach clean-up united a community

>> Read blog: Cisco Green Team Network: Protecting our planet starts with us

>> Read blog: How to be more sustainable during the holidays

  • #CommunityHelpingCommunity @ Cisco Live 

>> Amsterdam 2024 (raised US$3K for Fairfood) 

>> Melbourne 2023 (raised US$3K for WWF-Australia)




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David Cardenas
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Great!! This is amazing. These ideas can help a lot. Thanks for sharing!

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Nice article

Amit Gumber
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Thanks for sharing 

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Interesting information! Thank for your sharing!

Level 1
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Such a life lesson!

Great initiative and contents

thansk for the information!!!

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Thank you for sharing! It's very interesting!

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Interesting information! Thank for your sharing!

Level 7
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Thank you for sharing! Great information!

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Great information, thanks for compiling and sharing

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It is encouraging to see Cisco taking a leadership role in the sustainability space.

Very useful information in details.

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Excellent news, very useful information.

Aaron Wilson
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Great post!

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