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To increase our building efficiency, we look to reduce water, waste and energy usage. Our environmental management committee has led the implementation of several initiatives in the United States and internationally to help us lessen our environmental impact. For example, we have implemented a building management system to control lighting; installed energy-efficient lighting, vending misers, and watt stoppers; and delamped 3,500 lights in the office area and in more than 100 vending machines throughout our offices.
In 2006, we joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders program, an industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Our work with Climate Leaders will help us find ways to reduce our scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. We took the following measures in 2009 in conjunction with our participation in Climate Leaders:
Lessening conference impact Whenever feasible, we introduce environmentally sound elements at our annual industry conference. In 2009, we provided on site recycling, used biodegradable food packaging and created signage using biodegradable materials. We gave reusable water bottles as gifts and provided water stations, as well as made sure the event is located near public transportation.
Composting In 2009, we implemented a campus-wide composting program, which enabled us to eliminate the use of 312,000 plastic bags annually. As a result, we diverted 25 tons of waste per month from landfill, increasing our landfill diversion rate from 38 percent to 76 percent during the year.
Food Service We partnered with our food services vendor to implement local and organic food options and to offer biodegradable food containers and other utensils. We began purchasing biodegradable utensils and containers for our café and break rooms.
Green Purchasing Policy We include environmental considerations as one of our business requirements for office supplies products. As part of our procurement strategy, we purchase recycled paper for printing and copying needs. Our IT department is screening data-center equipment suppliers on the environmental performance of their products and their operations, using criteria such as sustainable transport and resource efficiency.
As part of supply-chain management effort, we rate our critical suppliers with which we conduct quarterly business reviews on environmental performance.
Water Conservation Our water-conservation effort focuses mainly on reducing water use in our data centers and in landscaping. For example, we have planted drought-tolerant plants and trees on our Santa Clara campus and conduct ongoing monitoring of landscape water. Through our turf reduction program, we have reduced the area of landscaped grass on our Santa Clara headquarters grounds and used deep mulch to reduce water evaporation. And we use air-side economization (an approach to cooling interior spaces by using outside air) to cool our data centers, which reduces both the amount of water and the amount of energy used in the process.
Transportation Initiatives We engage our employees in our efforts to reduce our environmental impacts through several programs aimed at employee commuting and travel. For example, in 2009 we began using Web conferencing to reduce business travel. We encourage the use of public transportation by allowing employees to purchase transit passes with pretax dollars, providing free shuttle service between offices and local rail stations, and purchasing shuttle buses that run on lower-emission compressed natural gas. And we promote bicycling to work by:
We partnered with Digital Realty Trust, a leader in data-center solutions, to open our new data center in a building certified to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard, the highest standard attainable. This data center was the second active data center in the U.S. to be awarded the LEED Platinum certification.
Before placing servers in our data center, we measure their computing efficiency. We use virtualization software to optimize the load on server racks; currently, 60 percent of our corporate servers are virtualized. We are monitoring the power usage of our data centers.
Our goal for 2010 is to staff a full-time employee to optimize our compute farm operations.
Employee Ideas generated by Visualize Green Ideas in 2009: