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December 2019

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Made the list of Bloomberg’s 50 Companies to Watch in 2020

December 2019

Water Recycling

Our Huizhou facility reduced its water consumption rate for production by 64% from 2014 to 2019.

December 2019


As a result of various energy efficiency projects, our Huizhou factory’s electricity consumption decreased by 20% from 2014 to 2019.

September 2019

English as a Second Language Program

Launched first English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

July 2019

First Inclusion & Diversity Conference

Hosted our first Inclusion & Diversity Conference for employees at our North Carolina facilities

June 2019

ISO 1001:2015

Cree’s North Carolina manufacturing sites rose to the Rising Steward level in the NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative program

May 2019

2019 Internship

Our 2019 Internship Program welcomed 122 enthusiastic and intelligent college students. From 2018 to 2019, we more than doubled the intern population, extended the program internationally and increased the diversity rate by 25%

April 2019

Earth Day

Hosted our first Earth Day event at our headquarters

December 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Cree North Carolina facilities achieve goal to reduce waste to landfill by 10%.

December 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Our EV chargers used by employees during 2018 avoided 7,480 kg of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to planting 192 trees and letting them grow for 10 years.

November 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Launched Cree's first Women's Initiative

October 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Began conducting Cree's first formal employee engagement survey

October 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Added electric vehicle charging stations at our Research Triangle Park (NC) site

May 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Cree's first intern program welcomed 50 students from colleges across the nation

June 2018

ISO 1001:2015

Cree’s North Carolina manufacturing sites become members of the NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative

May 2018

ISO 1001:2015

All of Cree’s major manufacturing sites become certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard

March 2018

Cree Charging Station

Added electric vehicle charging stations at headquarters

January 2018


Achieved EP100 goal

October 2017

Water Recycling

Cree Huizhou installed a new water recycle system, which recycles an average of 211,000 gallons of water per day

September 2017

Began estimating Cree’s Scope 3 GHG emissions for the first time

May 2017


Joined EP100 and pledged to double our energy productivity in terms of lumens produced by our products per kWh consumed in manufacturing by 2020

August 2016

Cree Composting

Began Composting at Headquarters’ Cafeteria

July 2016

Published sustainability section of website

June 2016


First Submission of GHG Emissions to CDP

May 2016

ISO 14001:2015

Cree’s major manufacturing sites become ISO 14001 certified

2015 2005

January 2015

Cree Waste Reclamation

Began reclaiming organic chemical waste

March 2014

Cree LED

LED breaks 300 lumens/watt barrier

January 2013

Cree Lighiting

Completed LED lighting upgrade for facilities

January 2011

Cree Solvent Reclaiming

Began reclaiming solvent waste

April 2008

Cree LED University Program

Launched Cree LED University Program

Feburary 2007

Launched Cree LED City Program

January 2007

Initiated wastewater treatment facility on-site at headquarters

August 2005

Cree Water Recycling

Began recycling process water at Durham headquarters

1989 1987

August 1989

Cree First Blue LED

Introduced first blue LED

July 1987

Cree Founded

Cree Founded