We Are L3Harris
On June 29, 2019, L3 Technologies and Harris Corporation merged to become L3Harris Technologies. L3Harris is working to re-baseline company metrics no later than early 2021, at which time a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report for L3Harris will be released and adjusted long-term environmental sustainability goals will be announced. Until then, environmental sustainability goals set forth below will act as the interim targets for all L3Harris sites and facilities.
2025 Environmental Sustainability Goals
Harris is committed to business practices that support a sustainable global environment by effectively managing our environmental footprint through the careful use of natural resources. As part of this commitment, Harris has established environmental sustainability goals along with a strategic roadmap to accomplish these goals* by 2025.
- Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 21** percent over a baseline year of 2017.
- Reduce water consumption by 20 percent over a baseline year of 2017.
- Achieve a 75 percent solid waste diversion rate from landfill.
Harris is excited to continuously strive towards these goals and share our successes and challenges along the way.
*Harris goals are currently based on business operations within the United States (U.S.) where we have operational control. Adjustments to the goals and any baseline years will be evaluated as any mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, etc. occur.
**The GHG reduction goal was determined by using the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTI) setting tool.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sustainable Building Design
One way Harris is committed to environmental sustainability is through environmentally sound renovation and construction of its facilities. Our Harris Technology Center and Global Innovation Center have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and Silver Certifications, respectively.
Harris continues to leverage green building technologies as a strategy to reduce energy usage. These technologies include efficient lighting and lighting controls, higher-efficiency heating and cooling systems and improved building management systems that reduce energy demand. Harris is also investing in eco-treasure hunts to identify improvements in energy efficiency throughout our U.S. operations.
Our focus on water includes evaluating all aspects of our business operations for conservation opportunities ranging from irrigation controls, low flow toilets / faucets and cooling tower efficiencies to new technologies and processes to minimize the amount of water consumed onsite.
As part of our strategic roadmap for achieving our goals, Harris is working with internal and external subject matter experts (SMEs) and engineers to develop, evaluate and implement large-scale water conservation solutions for our U.S. operations.
We continue our journey to drive improvement in waste diversion in pursuit of hitting our 75 percent diversion rate from landfill by 2025. In 2018, 43 percent of all municipal solid waste generated onsite at U.S. operations was diverted.
One key strategy that Harris is deploying to increase our diversion rate from landfill is waste characterization assessments.
Green Teams are organized, grassroots and cross-functional groups of employees who voluntarily come together to brainstorm, motivate and empower employees around environmental sustainability. They focus on identifying and implementing environmental sustainability based projects such as resource conservation, pollution prevention and waste diversion initiatives that will help Harris achieve its 2025 goals. To date Harris has fourteen Green Teams across the company.
In 2019, Green Teams launched an initiative to remove styrofoam materials from Harris' Corporate Headquarters cafeteria and five surrounding facility cafeterias in Brevard County, Florida. The styrofoam was replaced with more sustainable to-go food containers and employees now receive a discount on meals for utilizing reusable china. This initiative will save approximately 1,000,000 styrofoam cups and 3,500,000 styrofoam containers from going to the landfill each year – approximately 5 tons in total.
Products that Support Our Planet
Harris is helping create a more sustainable Earth by applying advanced information and communications technologies to the fields of weather forecasting, environmental change monitoring, and greenhouse gas reduction.
Understanding environmental conditions is important to lives, property and economies. Harris develops space, airborne and ground sensors for persistent and direct monitoring. We also work to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas that enters the atmosphere in the first place.
At Harris, we apply our advanced technologies to help preserve our environment for generations to come. Hear from CEO Bill Brown on how sustainability meets innovation here at Harris.