A better connected world

In 2004, one million people were using Facebook. Today, more than a billion people from around the world use our family of apps and services, including Facebook, Messenger, Groups, Instagram and WhatsApp. They’re staying connected with friends and family, discovering what’s going on in the world, and expressing what matters to them. We are committed to powering connectivity with the smallest footprint possible.

For an entire year of one person’s Facebook use, our carbon footprint is less than the impact of making one medium sized latte. Check out the latest data on our carbon, energy, and water impact.

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Our Approach

Engineer the most efficient data centers on Earth

Build sustainable workspaces

Add clean and renewable energy to the grids that support our operations and make it more accessible for all

Share what we learn and collaborate to advance sustainable business practices everywhere

  • “Sharing—an idea central to Facebook—is what sets our sustainability approach apart. We know that we can accomplish a lot more, a lot faster, if we share what we’ve learned and collaborate with others, from co-creating more efficient data center and hardware designs with hundreds of other companies through Open Compute Project, or working with dozens of companies and nonprofits to help grow the entire market for clean energy through the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance.”

    Bill Weihl, Sustainability Director, Facebook

  • “When we set out to design the new building at our Menlo Park headquarters, we consulted nonprofit groups from the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society to Sierra Club to the Native Plant Society to get insights into how we could construct a building that would have the least possible impact on its natural surroundings. On this former brownfield site now stands our newest building, featuring a nine-acre green roof that hosts hundreds of mature trees, and native plants and grasses, that provide habitat for pollinators and migrating birds. Facebook employees use the roof for meetings, exercise and to get inspiration.”

    Lauren Swezey, Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager, Facebook

  • “Facebook has consistently used its renewable energy goals as a lever for larger positive change in the electricity sector. Anyone interested in economic development is intrigued by the rapid expansion of a business like Facebook and the opportunity to bring some of that growth to their hometown. The Facebook team has made it clear: renewable energy has to be a part of that package. And I find that makes decision-makers think about renewable energy in a new way.”

    Letha Tawney, Director of Utility, Innovation World Resources Institute