Harris is committed to being a good steward of our planet.
Our company’s values of excellence and integrity in all aspects of our business dealings extend to environmental conservation. By managing natural resources, minimizing waste and preventing pollution, Harris creates a culture of sustainability that benefits our customers, our communities and our company. We commit ourselves to meeting—or exceeding—regulatory standards and complying with all applicable laws and directives wherever we operate.
Harris business practices are founded on providing high quality products and services in support of a sustainable global environment. 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
Harris has programs in place at facilities around the world that are reducing the use of energy and greenhouse gas emissions. 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. Items recycled include scrap metal, aluminum beverage cans, plastic bottles, office paper, cardboard, used oil, solvents, electronics, batteries and wood pallets. Harris has a stringent audit program that verifies recycler and waste contractors’ regulatory compliance, operational control and financial position before shipping materials off-site.
Harris commits to sustainability through the implementation of environmentally sound renovation and construction of its facilities. The new 464,000 square foot Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay, Florida, has received the U.S. Green Building Council’s prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The facility has a reflective roof to reduce solar heat, uses water-efficient fixtures, employs daylight harvesting methodologies, optimizes mechanical systems that reduce in energy use and features preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
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.
Accurate weather forecasts are important to lives, property and economies. The same is true for climate monitoring, which is important to longer-range planning. Harris develops space, airborne and ground sensors for persistent and direct climate monitoring.
- Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R)
Harris has completed site integration of the Ground System for NOAA’s new-generation GOES-R satellite. The GOES satellites detect and track hurricanes and other severe weather in the continental U.S. and Western Hemisphere. Harris' GOES-R technology will process and deliver 40 times more data, six times more often than the current GOES system.
- 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 Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT)
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.
Under a grant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Department of Commerce, Harris is validating the performance of the GreenLITE™ remote monitoring system for greenhouse gases.
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.
We are working to develop new GPS technologies that will dramatically improve the accuracy and reliability of this global utility under the GPS III program. The next-generation GPS Operational Control Segment will provide command, control and mission support for all current and future GPS satellites.
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
HeatWave™ is the only RF system for heating reservoir fluids and uses less energy and produces oil quicker than current steam-based processes, minimizing water consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions over current technologies.
- Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R)