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Just as we watch for long-term trends that could adversely impact our employees and shareholders, we have studied the consequences of our continued assault on nature and have determined that unless we change, we may be responsible for catastrophic losses to ourselves and others.  Our concern for the environment is not a short-term attempt to improve our image, but a strategic change necessary to guide our corporation into and through the 21st century.

Interface, Inc., Sustainability Report, 1997

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Hughes, An EchoStar Company

Hughes, An EchoStar Company, 11717 Exploration Lane, Germantown, MD 20876, 301-428-5500, is the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments globally. HughesNet® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped more than 2.8 million systems to customers in over
100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share.


Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions.


Hughes transitioned to eco-friendly practices several years ago. Below are some highlights of our programs:


Recycling:   Recycling stations are set up throughout our facilities to collect county-required paper, cardboard, metals, and comingled materials. We recycle a long list of voluntary materials such as wood pallets, electronics, carpet, plastic parts, and shipping materials. Each year, we have a facility-wide cleanup campaign. The county calculates our statistics for recycling compared to regular waste sent to the landfill each year, resulting in recycling rates for Hughes that are well over 60% annually  We have achieved this goal over the last 5 years and are recognized by Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste Services as a Continued Excellence in Recycling business.


Energy Management:  Hughes facilities are a mix of office, engineering lab, and data center space. Key focus is given to efforts that allow us to reduce our consumption of electricity and still provide our customers with quality service. Over the past 3 years, Hughes has partnered with energy consultants to improve the operation of our mechanical systems, data center air flow management, and participation in curtailment programs that reduce load from the local utility grid. Overall, Hughes has experienced a 10% to 12% reduction in electrical costs.


Renovations:  Hughes has incorporated sustainable materials and practices as part of our ongoing building renovations. We have taken advantage of Pepco’s rebate program by upgrading our lighting systems and mechanical systems. Our carpet has been replaced with CRI Green Label Plus. Old carpet is disposed of by taking it to a recycle center in lieu of the local landfill. Restrooms have been renovated with low flow fixtures and auto-sensor faucets to conserve water. All pantries have been equipped with separate filtered water systems to reduce the use of bottled water. New furniture is GREENGUARD certified for low-emitting materials and end-of-life recycling/reuse. 

ServicesOur service vendors for janitorial, landscaping, and pest control are green certified. We conduct annual air and water quality testing to ensure the indoor environment is comfortable and safe for all of our employees. 


Hughes employs an on-site occupational nurse to assist employees with preventive medication such as flu shots, health screenings including blood pressure and cholesterol checks, and assistance with healthy lifestyle choices.


Hughes participates in the county’s Adopt a Road campaign, by employees volunteering their time to clean up Observation Blvd. during lunch time.


A green committee has been formed to spread awareness of Hughes’ green initiatives, suggestions on ways to green their lives both at work and at home, and provide a way for employees to communicate their ideas and recommendations so that Hughes can continue to improve its environmental efforts.