The "Green Team" at EA has been busy. They meet once a month and have had a number of guest speakers which has included BC Hydro, Greenpeace and Cascadia Biofuels.
They are all passionate about the environment but also aim to shake the stereotypical image of the tree-hugging environmentalist by simply proving that small changes can make a difference. Few people have the bandwidth to be completely green 100% of the time, yet we can all play a part in making ourselves, and others, more aware of our surroundings and the impact our actions can have for future generations.
Since November 2005 they have done a number of initiatives, including introducing 100% post-consumer toilet paper & paper towels into all the washrooms, 30% post-consumer photocopier paper throughout the studio, a discount at Starbuck's (EA has its own kiosk) for bringing a mug, signage in the cafeteria asking employees to reduce their use of take-out containers/plastic cutlery in respect for the environment, removing plastic cutlery from the cafeteria (it is still available, but on an "as-requested" basis), switching to environmentally-friendly cleaning products throughout the studio and kitchen areas, and setting lobby tv's on a timer to turn off after-hours to save energy.
There objective has always been to introduce these changes gradually and as a result, the Green Team has had very positive feedback.