From January 14-18, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held No Impact Week, contributing to the global No Impact Project campaign that seeks to reduce an individual’s and an organization’s environmental impact and make its operations and personnel more carbon neutral. Almost 1,500 ADB personnel signed up for the No Impact experiment to try out more sustainable options for their transport, food choices, energy and water use for an entire week.

They walked, biked and took public transport instead of driving. They consciously minimized water use, ate local produce and less meat and tried to watch their overall consumption of resources and production of waste. Every day of ADB No Impact Week featured exhibits, talks, workshops and activities geared towards greening the different aspects of their lifestyles.

Through its work in Asia and the Pacific region, ADB has made environmentally sustainable development a priority. ADB is the first multilateral development bank to earn both ISO 14001 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. Since 2007, ADB has reduced electricity consumption per staff at its Manila headquarters by 4 percent, using efficient heating, ventilation and airconditioning equipment, rainwater harvesting, LED bulbs and solar power.

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