Innovation for our world
We design and build sustainable workplaces that are healthier for both our employees and the environment.
We prioritize designing and operating high performance buildings that are efficient, healthy, flexible, and inspire collaboration, creativity, and productivity. We use building automation and feedback to optimize spaces; leverage natural daylight to inspire productive work-lives and reduce energy usage; and prioritize healthy materials that advance employee health and wellbeing.
We use rigorous sustainable design standards such as LEED®, BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), and Green Star to ensure our offices incorporate high-performance design concepts and construction practices that help to reduce our overall energy, water, and material consumption. We work closely with community partners to continually improve our building and design process and share what we learn.
We have achieved LEED® Platinum – the highest level of certification – at our Menlo Park, California, headquarters and many of our other facilities have already achieved sustainable design certifications globally.
We envision the future of our workplaces to be healthful places that enhance our lives, inspire collaboration, and that are dynamic for our employees’ needs.
Sustainability starts at home
We design, construct, and operate our buildings to support the health and productivity of our employees and have a positive impact on surrounding communities.
Our headquarters roofs now support a combined 3.6 megawatts (MW) of solar energy projects.
Blackwater treatment system
The onsite blackwater treatment system at our headquarters takes water from other parts of our facility and recycles it for use in our landscaping and for flushing toilets.
The 9-acre green roof on one of our headquarters buildings has become an important habitat for local flora and fauna and provides an outdoor meeting space for our employees.
Our U.S. headquarters has achieved 100% renewable energy use.
We know the cleanest electron is one you never use, so our energy strategy in our offices starts by maximizing efficiency in every way possible. This means installing the most efficient heating and cooling systems, utilizing highly efficient equipment, and monitoring building performance with sophisticated building management systems.
Our Menlo Park, California, headquarters is supported by 100 percent renewable energy and includes 3.6 megawatts (MW) from onsite rooftop solar. It is also LEED Platinum® certified.
Beyond our headquarters, we have set a goal to support all our offices and facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, and are well on our way.
We achieved ISO 50001 certification in our Dublin office and are expanding the standard across our offices. ISO50001 is a globally recognized energy management standard, which will drive ongoing improvements in Europe and beyond.
Every drop matters, so we create circular systems that reuse water as much as possible.
Reducing water use is a key focus of our sustainability program. We install water-efficient systems in our kitchens and bathrooms, and we now meter outdoor water use, which continues to be monitored and reduced in the effort to refine our water consumption by planting native species, and re-using rainwater where feasible.
We’re also cutting water use at our Menlo Park, California, headquarters with the first district-scale blackwater treatment system in California. All our landscaping water for two new 500,000 square foot buildings will come from water we’ve filtered from our kitchen faucets, sinks, showers, and toilets. The low-energy system uses physical, microbiological, and oxidative treatments to make the water safe for reuse in landscaping, creating a loop that can minimize our impact on the environment. This is the largest system operating in a commercial building in California and will process over 60,000 cubic meters (or 16 million gallons) of water annually.
From laundry to landscaping—the journey of water.
The blackwater treatment system at our headquarters ensures no drop goes to waste.
Materials and waste
We’re working with recycling and composting partners to reach zero waste to landfill.
Across our offices, our waste-diversion program is minimizing the amount of waste that goes to landfills. At our Menlo Park, California, headquarters, we divert more than 90 percent of waste thanks to extensive recycling and composting efforts. We make it easy for people to separate recyclables and compost and we have implemented a sorting system for waste before it leaves the site.
We think holistically about material flows on our sites, including making sure we select the right materials in the first place. Our Healthy and Sustainable Materials program is now in its fifth year and continues to grow. We assess materials before we use them in our buildings, selecting options based on their environmental performance and working to eliminate hazardous chemicals. By making smart choices, we are building workplaces that are healthier for both our employees and the environment.
We’ve given over 4,000 birds a safe home.
We are constantly seeking opportunities for our campuses to reduce their impact on nearby habitats and, where possible, to provide a net benefit. On one of our Menlo Park, California, headquarters buildings, we built a green roof that is home to hundreds of trees, including mature oaks and elms. Its walking trails provide space for exercise, meetings, and fresh air for employees, and a vital habitat for pollinators, plants, and migrating birds. We’ve documented over 4,000 birds representing 46 avian species using the roof for foraging, nesting, and breeding over a recent three-year period.
Designed by CMG Landscape Architecture in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Native Plant Society, Committee for Green Foothills, Save the Bay, Sierra Club, Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the roof reduces the risk of flooding in heavy rain and adds insulation that keeps the building warmer in winter and cooler in summer, further reducing energy use.
How we commute impacts our communities.
Finding ways to reduce single-occupancy car trips is an important part of our holistic approach to sustainability. Moving people out of single-occupancy cars doesn’t just reduce carbon emissions. Alternative commuting options help employees improve their physical health and savesave money on fuel.
We use electric vehicles to get around our Menlo Park, California, headquarters, and we are trialing long-distance electric shuttles for employee commuting. We also offer wide-ranging commute support that includes showers for cyclists, and provide resources for ride-sharing, carpooling, and switching to public transport. Already, over 50 percent of the employees at our Menlo Park headquarters use an alternative option to commute to work instead of driving alone.