NVIDIA is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste in its campus operations in the following ways:
- Increasing energy efficiency in our buildings
- Increasing computing and data-center efficiency
- Reducing waste tonnage to landfills
- Raising employee awareness
Increasing Energy Efficiency
In 2006, we joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders
program, an industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate-change strategies. Our work with Climate Leaders has helped us to track Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions in our U.S. operations. In September 2010, the EPA announced they will eliminate the Climate Leaders program and encourage companies to work closely with states to implement greenhouse gas goals. In 2011, NVIDIA’s environmental management team will re-evaluate the commitments we have made through Climate Leaders and publish new goals in next year’s report.
In addition to the goals listed at the top of this section, we took these additional measures in 2010:
- Received approval for greenhouse gas tracking and management software, to be implemented by Q2 2011
- Opened a new office in Austin, Tex., which houses many green features (see below)
- Partnered with onsite foodservice provider Lifeworks/Aramark to implement more local food choices in our headquarters cafeteria. At least 80% of our meats and vegetables are sourced locally, and all of our fish selections adhere to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program.
- Offer ongoing method for headquarters employees to recycle their used clothing, bedding and shoes. In the first few months of the program, our community partner Hopelink collected 2,700 lbs. of clothing and items from employees.
- Continue to host an Earth Day event to create awareness among employees about how they can be more environmentally aware at work and home. Participation increased 17%, from 600 to 700 employees in Santa Clara, in 2010.
Below are items implemented at our Santa Clara headquarters.
- Post Yearly Environmental Goals for Employees
- Regular Water and Energy Communications*
- Water Reduction Program*
- Energy Reducing Tools*
- Greening our annual conference (GTC)
- Purchase Local Meats/Produce for Cafeteria
- Conference Room Light Management*
- Low Flow Water Tools
- Green Purchasing Policy*
- Transportation Alternatives*
- Green Suggestion Box*
* Items with an asterisk are also implemented in other NVIDIA offices. (To learn more about these initiatives in detail, read our 2009 report
Green Features of NVIDIA's Austin, Texas Campus
- Low-VOC sealers, adhesives, glues, sealants, primers and paint
- Regionally sourced building materials
- Aluminum frames with >25% recycled content
- Forest Stewardship Council certified wood doors
- Gypsum board and acoustic tiles feature recycled content
- Interface Cool Carpet™
- Programmed and LED Lighting
- Green GuardSM certified furniture
Increasing Computing and Data Center Efficiency
According to a recent study
by McKinsey & Co., by the year 2020, data centers are projected to pass the airline industry as a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Improving data-center efficiency is a core pillar of our energy and emissions reduction efforts.
In 2010, we hired a compute farm specialist who focuses exclusively on opportunities to improve efficiency at our headquarters.
Also, we replaced 1,958 of the slowest systems in our data centers with 433 more energy-efficient systems. We’re receiving a 500KW constant reduction (7,884,000 kWh/yr) as a constant and estimate a savings of 3,700 metric tons of Co2 (similar to removing 733 passenger cars from the road). And we were able to kick-off several of the projects we plan to complete in 2011 (see goals) such as our virtual machine implementation and reduction of our printer fleet.
Our data center team in India began tracking their power usage effectiveness ratio (currently 1.85) and completed the following projects:
- Replaced 200 dual core machines with 80 hexacore machines, which equaled a $57,000 annual power savings
- Retired low-density storage shelves, saving $36,000 in power savings
- Installed hot aisle containment and chimney solutions to improve cooling
Once we implement the greenhouse gas and energy management system, we’ll be able to more easily track carbon savings from these initiatives.
Please see the 2010 goals/progress and 2011 targeted goals for a snapshot of activities underway and completed.
Reducing Waste Tonnage to Landfills
NVIDIA is a participant in the e-Steward Enterprise program, which recognizes organizations that commit to the most responsible electronic waste recycling practices.
In mid-2009 we implemented a composting program at our Santa Clara, Calif., campus. Within one quarter we were able to move our waste diversion from 38 percent to 76 percent. We reached our 2010 goal, to divert 80 percent of our waste from landfill, by the year’s second quarter.
Our efforts to reduce e-waste involve recycling old computers. In addition, NVIDIA is proud to be an inaugural participant in the e-Steward Enterprise program, which recognizes companies, institutions and governments that commit to the most responsible electronic waste recycling practices. Wherever possible, NVIDIA chooses to use e-Stewards certified recyclers. This ensures that our e-waste is managed safely and that it does not contribute to the global toxic waste crisis. All of NVIDIA’s U.S. recyclers undergo auditing and performance requirements that are outlined in the e-Stewards program guides and are consistent with NVIDIA’s auditing requirements for well-organized and safe facilities.