Working Sustainably

The Harris Business Excellence (HBX) program drives continuous improvement, a high-performance culture and the elimination of wasteful practices. Our energy initiatives, waste management processes and water conservation programs are enhancing the efficiency of our operations and reducing costs. Improving the eco-efficiency of our products and services also supports our customers’ sustainability objectives.


Energy & Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Leveraging HBX principles, we reduced energy usage by 15 percent since 2014. We have installed more efficient lighting and lighting controls, are implementing automated building heating and cooling systems, and adding building management systems that result in round-the-clock environmental control.

Water and Wastewater
Though Harris operations are not located in water-constrained areas, our businesses annually save millions of gallons of water through the use of closed-loop, water-cooled systems and reclaimed water for irrigation, as well as low-flow fixtures in restrooms.

Waste & Recycling
Harris waste reduction and recycling programs divert millions of pounds of nonhazardous waste from landfills each year. In fact, we have increased recycling rates by 24% in 2016. Items recycled include scrap metal, aluminum beverage cans, plastic bottles, office paper, cardboard, used oil, solvents, electronics, batteries and wood pallets.

Building Green
Harris commits to sustainability through the implementation of environmentally sound renovation and construction of its facilities. Our 464,000 square foot Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay, Florida, received the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification in 2014 and our Global Innovation Center in Melbourne, Florida received the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver Certification in 2017.

Harris Conservation Infographic


Products that Support Our Planet

Harris products connect, inform and protect the world. Some of them are helping create a more sustainable Earth by applying our advanced information and communications technologies to the fields of weather forecasting, environmental change monitoring, greenhouse gas reduction and space exploration.

Environmental Monitoring
Accurate weather forecasts are important to lives, property and economies. The same is true for environmental monitoring, which is important to longer-range planning. Harris develops space, airborne and ground sensors for persistent and direct monitoring.

  • Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R)
    As NOAA's and NASA's prime contractor for the main GOES-R satellite instrument payload, as well as the ground system, Harris technology is staged to transform weather forecasting, providing 3x more data, 4x better resolution, at 5x faster speed than before.
  • IntelliEarth™ Global Weather Solutions 
    IntelliEarth™ is a family of affordable satellite and sensor data receiving and processing solutions for leveraging environmental intelligence data to assure a weather-prepared world.
  • NASA’s Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI)
    Harris is building the RBI—launching in 2021 on the second Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft—which will provide accurate measurement of reflected sunlight and thermal radiation emitted by Earth.
  • Greenhouse Gas Measurement Payload on Japan’s GOSAT-2 Satellite
    Harris is building the primary payload for GOSAT, the Thermal and Near Infrared Sensor for Carbon Observation-Fourier Transform Spectrometer, which will measure the density of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  • Atmospheric Carbon and Transport (ACT) America
    Harris is working with NASA Langley Research Center to modify its LiDAR for the ACT America program, which will study sources of carbon dioxide and methane and where it goes.
  • GreenLITE™
    Harris’ GreenLITE™ remote sensing system provides highly accurate monitoring of greenhouse gas concentrations on the ground in localized areas of interest—such as carbon sequestration sites, urban environments, and wetlands.
  • Helios®
    Helios® is a digital platform that provides real-time ground weather intelligence and instant access to more than 23,000 cameras across the U.S. to validate ground conditions.

Webb Telescope
Harris engineers are helping build NASA's ultra-powerful James Webb Space Telescope, which will provide unprecedented images of the universe's first stars and galaxies to aid in our understanding of Earth.

Air Traffic Management Systems
Harris voice communications and air traffic management technology is helping air traffic controllers to efficiently manage flights and make the best use of airspace capacities, resulting in minimized fuel burn and its associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Enhanced Oil Recovery
Our innovative radio-frequency heating technology for oil recovery from oil sands, HeatWave™, lowers the environmental impact by using almost no water, requiring less energy, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissons, and reducing impact to the land.