Ecomagination is one of the ways that employees find purpose in their work at GE. Employees can engage in issues they are passionate about, either through their work with Ecomagination products that provide environmental benefits for our customers or through helping GE meet our Ecomagination Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction and freshwater use goals.

Motivate | Identify | Collaborate

In the week leading up to Earth Day, or “Ecoweek,” GE sites around the world came together to support our shared goal of improving the environment. During Ecoweek, our operating facilities are encouraged to work on environmental sustainability activities at our sites. In 2016, more than 100 facilities held events in 20 countries, engaging thousands of employees. Activities included energy-saving treasure hunts, site beautification, site cleanup and environmental fairs. In addition to helping our operating facilities promote environmental stewardship among their employees, the initiative has helped identify resource-saving opportunities that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Reward | Recognize | Celebrate

A core belief with our employee engagement approach is to recognize performance excellence for those operations that achieve the most significant reductions in energy use, GHG emissions, freshwater use and materials consumption, contributing to our company-wide Ecomagination goals. This work is recognized through two of our employee engagement programs: EcoAwards and Ecomagination Nation.

The EcoAwards program recognizes individual and team achievements in reducing energy, GHG emissions, water or materials. Every year, the teams come up with unique approaches that show innovation and boldness, and their examples are shared throughout the Company. Five of the 15 teams recognized in 2016 were deemed “Eco-Champions” for year-over-year sustainability improvement at their sites.

Ecomagination Nation recognizes GE sites that work to address environmental and social issues in their facilities and communities. Over the last five years of the program, 54 sites have received recognition, with 13,500 employees volunteering 21,500 hours, reducing GHG emissions by 113,000 metric tons, avoiding water usage of more than 1 billion gallons, and saving $11.5 million in costs.