We create sustainable workplaces for our employees around the globe, prioritizing materials and solutions that minimize our impact on the environment and advance employee wellbeing.
We strive to design and operate high-performance buildings that are healthy and sustainable, and inspire collaboration, creativity and productivity. We use building automation and feedback to optimize our spaces and leverage natural daylight to reduce energy usage.
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.
At our Bay Area headquarters, we have achieved LEED® Platinum – the highest level of certification – and many of our other facilities have already achieved sustainable design certifications globally.
We envision the future of our workplaces to be sustainable places that enhance our lives, inspire collaboration, and are dynamic for our employees’ needs.
Sustainability starts at home
We design, construct and operate our buildings to advance the wellbeing of our employees and reduce our impact on surrounding communities.
The roofs at our Menlo Park headquarters now support a combined 3 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, while serving as an outdoor meeting space for our employees.
Our U.S. headquarters has achieved 100 percent renewable energy.
We know the cleanest electron is one you never use, so our energy strategy for our offices starts by maximizing efficiency in every way possible. We have set a goal to support all our offices and facilities globally with 100 percent renewable energy in 2020, and are well on our way.
Our Menlo Park headquarters is supported by 100 percent renewable energy and includes 3 megawatts (MW) from onsite rooftop solar. It is also LEED Platinum® certified. We achieve this by installing the most efficient heating and cooling systems, utilizing highly efficient equipment and monitoring building performance with sophisticated building management systems.
We achieved ISO 50001 certification in our Dublin office and are expanding the standard across our offices. ISO 50001 is a globally recognized energy management standard and will help us drive ongoing improvements in Europe and beyond.
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 headquarters with the first district-scale blackwater treatment system in California. All of the landscaping water for our two new 500,000 square-foot buildings will come from water we’ve filtered from our kitchen faucets, sinks, showers and toilets. This low-energy system uses physical, microbiological and oxidative treatments to make the water safe for reuse in landscaping, creating a loop that helps us minimize our impact on the environment. This is also 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 achieve zero waste to landfill.
Across our offices, our waste-diversion program minimizes the amount of waste that goes to landfills. At our Menlo Park headquarters, we divert more than 90 percent of waste thanks to extensive recycling and composting efforts. We make it easy 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 provided a safe home for over 4,000 birds.
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 headquarters buildings in Menlo Park, 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, while serving as 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. Reducing the number of single-occupancy cars doesn’t just lower carbon emissions, providing alternative commuting options can help employees improve their physical health and save money on fuel.
We use electric vehicles to get around our Menlo Park headquarters in California, and we are testing long-distance electric shuttles for employee commuting. We also offer a wide-range of commute support such as showers for cyclists, and we provide resources for ride-sharing, carpooling and switching to public transport. Already, over 50 percent of the employees in Menlo Park use an alternative option to commute to work instead of driving alone.