As the HP Enterprise Services' green practice lead for the South Pacific, Phillip Kong works with some of HP's largest customers to calculate the carbon emissions created by their IT infrastructures and shows them how best to reduce those emissions. Phillip also shares his skills and expertise with a broader group of HP employees in his role as lead of the HP Melbourne, Australia chapter of the HP Sustainability Network.
Phillip has helped make the chapter one of the fastest-growing and most active employee groups at HP with more than 300 members. Their activities include fundraising for environmental nonprofits and holding educational events on topics such as solar power, green building design, and reuse and recycling. They also publish a quarterly newsletter with information about upcoming events and tips for reducing energy use and waste. "We have a fantastic group of committed people who work really hard to make the network a success," says Phillip.
The Melbourne chapter has made a commitment to support local businesses and community initiatives that reflect the group's sustainability objectives. For example, numerous HP employees negotiated a deal with a local solar power vendor to install solar panels on their homes at a reduced rate.
The work of the Melbourne chapter hasn't gone without notice. In 2010, Phillip worked with the local HP Global Real Estate organization to submit a nomination for—and win—the City of Whitehorse's Sustainable Business Award.
"This award recognizes HP's commitment to environmental sustainability and our support of the local community," Phillip says. "It highlights HP's strategy of building sustainability into our operations, processes, and facilities."