Kaspersky Lab’s Position
On the Environment

Kaspersky Lab’s business does not produce a significant environmental impact. Even so, the company follows the principles of environmental responsibility: KL offices are equipped with resource-saving systems, and office supplies and other consumables are recycled after use. We hope that the company’s concern for conservation and for the environment will be an example for our users and partners and the companies and organizations we do business with.

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On the Environment
KL’s Moscow office collects used rechargeable batteries for recycling, and passes them on to specialized battery recyclers
 
Kaspersky Lab employees working from the company’s Woburn, MA office volunteered to clean up the Mystic River of water chestnuts – an invasive water plant that can block waterways and consume nutrients that local the flora needs. In just a single day, volunteers gathered 273 baskets of the invasive water plant – a record for Mystic River community cleanup events.
 
Kaspersky Lab employees volunteer around the world, contributing to drives and programs designed, among other things, to protect the environment.
 
kg Kaspersky Lab employees gathered a cool metric ton of paper for recycling in 2015.
The Kaspersky Lab Moscow HQ building is LEED certified, which means that the building was designed and built in compliance with modern international green standards, that it has energy-efficient utilities, and that environmentally friendly materials were used for all interior and exterior finishes. The company’s Moscow office has panoramic windows, enabling Kaspersky Lab to use natural light as much as possible. And for the times when artificial lighting is necessary, the lighting system has automatic luminosity adjustment. A «winter chill» ventilation system based on so-called dry coolers was chosen by the building’s architects for the utilities design. The system takes outside air and pumps it through a bactericide filter, subsequently heating or cooling it according to the office thermostat settings.






A Crash
Course

How To Plant
a Tree

Kaspersky Lab’s Position On the Environment

Planting a tree is a noble deed. We at Kaspersky Lab have decided to stop putting it off, and planted 10 young linden trees right outside our beautiful Moscow headquarters. However, we discovered that doing this is not quite as simple as we had thought: we had to put in some extra effort and find out a lot of new things. Now we can not only save the world, but also plant trees! And we’re going to teach you how, right now.







Where to plant

Just like in many other countries and cities, you cannot plant a tree in Moscow without getting approval (a permit) from the municipality. Planting without a permit is punishable by a fine; some guerrilla gardeners can even face criminal charges. So, before doing anything else, head over to the municipal building, where municipal officers will be more than happy to give you useful tips on which trees can be planted where, to avoid damage to utility lines and pipes and to fit in nicely with the environment.

What to plant

It is a good idea to buy your sapling at a specialized gardening center or a nursery, where you can receive tips on planting and care of your new tree. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to pick up a pack of organic fertilizer there. It’s best to pick younger saplings, at 1–2 years old. The older and the bigger they get, the worse their chances of taking root.

When to plant

One basic rule: heat-loving plants have to be planted in the spring, while hardier plants are supposed to be planted in the fall. It’s better to avoid planting trees in summer and winter.

Things you’re going to need

  • A tree planting permit
  • A sapling
  • A pack of organic fertilizer
  • A shovel
  • Two buckets of water
  • Pegs
  • String

How to plant

You can break down the tree planting process into eight steps:

  1. Pick the spot for your tree.
    Don’t forget that sunlight is the main source of sustenance for the tree. No plant can thrive in the shade, although some may tolerate a bit of it.
  2. Dig a pit.
    The upper 20 centimeters (8 inches) of soil are the most fertile, so make sure you set aside the topsoil layer when you dig the pit — you’re going to need it later. The depth and width of the pit depend on the type of plant. Use the root ball of the sapling as a benchmark: the pit should be approximately double its size.
  3. Pick and loosen the floor of the pit.
    This will make it easier for the roots to grow deeper into the soil.
  4. Prepare planting soil by mixing the topsoil layer you have saved with organic fertilizers.
  5. Put the vertical support (the peg) in place to protect the newly planted tree from gusts of wind and help it to grow a straight trunk. Drive in the peg before planting the sapling to avoid damaging its roots.
  6. Position the sapling inside the pit.
    Put a little of the fertile (topsoil plus fertilizer) mix at the bottom of the pit and lower the sapling into the pit. Fill in the pit with the remaining soil. The root ball should be covered with some 5−7 centimeters (2−3 inches) of soil. The resulting soil level around the newly planted tree should be some 5 centimeters (2″) higher than the surrounding area. Remove any broken branches from the sapling before planting, prune damaged roots to include only the healthy/intact part.
  7. Tie the sapling to the support.
    Set the stem of your sapling in place by attaching it to the peg with a string (do not over-tighten the string!) The support should not reach above the lower branches of the sapling to avoid interfering with their healthy growth and to prevent damage to the branches from gusts of wind.
  8. Compress the soil lightly and water the sapling. The last thing you need to do is to compress the soil gently (without compacting it!) in the planting circle, and water your sapling with about 15−20 liters (4−6 gallons) of water (for each tree) to help the roots to establish good contact with the soil.

That’s it! You’re done, and now you’ll have to wait about five years before you can relax in the shade of the trees planted by your own hand!

To plant a three meter-tall (10 foot tall) linden or oak sapling, you are going to need to dig a hole one meter (3 feet) deep and one meter across, which means you’re going to have to excavate nearly one cubic meter (35 cu ft) of soil. So it might be a good idea to call some friends to give you a hand.