Creating sustainable facilities and employee programs, and engaging in the communities surrounding our offices

Our offices include buildings that we purchased and upgraded, ones that we built from the ground up, and leased facilities around the world. We design, construct, and operate our buildings to support the health and productivity of our employees and have a positive impact on surrounding communities. All of our offices in Menlo Park, California, are powered by 100% renewable energy and by the end of 2020, all offices globally will also be at 100% renewable energy.

Sustainable buildings, by design

Globally, all of our offices are designed to meet stringent sustainability goals. We’ve implemented global sustainability standards to help Facebook offices around the world practice resource conservation, purchase clean and renewable energy, reduce waste, and participate in green building certification programs. These standards determine how we design, build, retrofit, and operate our buildings. During demolition and construction, we achieve high waste diversion rates. In our buildings, we utilize energy efficient equipment, lighting controls, water-saving fixtures, and sophisticated energy management systems to reduce heating, ventilation, and air conditioning loads, and optimize indoor air quality.

The nine-acre green roof at our headquarters features hundreds of trees, including mature oaks, that provide habitat for migrating birds along the Pacific Flyway as well as water-efficient, native plant species that provide habitat and food for pollinators. To design the best possible roof for our flying friends, we consulted key environmental stakeholders including 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 also reduces runoff during heavy rain and provides insulation in both winter and summer, eliminating some of the need for heating and cooling. Walking trails and meeting spaces on the roof provide opportunities for employees to spend time outdoors — walking meetings on the roof are common.

We’ve also developed a rigorous healthy and sustainable materials program that avoids chemicals of concern and prioritizes materials with lower environmental impacts across our real estate portfolio. Through our diligent and ongoing material vetting process, we are constantly improving our office spaces to make them as healthy as possible for our employees.

In 2011, we moved our headquarters to the former Sun Microsystems campus in Menlo Park, California, right on the beautiful San Francisco Bay. We design and construct all tenant improvement and new construction projects on our campus to achieve LEED Gold certification or higher, with our newest ground-up building pursuing LEED Platinum certification. Across campus, we have a combined 3.6 megawatts of photovoltaics installed.

Getting our employees to work

content-image-twoFacebook has a robust transportation program that aims to reduce single-car trips. It includes our employee shuttles, as well as resources for ride-sharing, carpooling, taking public transportation, and biking to work. At our headquarters in Menlo Park, more than half of our employees take advantage of alternative commutes daily and we’re always working to grow that number.

Handling waste responsibly

Our waste diversion program — our system for reducing waste going to landfill — is another key focus. Facebook’s waste diversion rate is more than 90% at our Menlo Park headquarters, and the campus features robust recycling and composting programs. Employees are able to separate trash from recycling and compost, and before it leaves campus all waste goes through an additional sorting process to ensure it goes into the right waste stream.

Partnering with communities

Facebook encourages its employees to work in the communities surrounding our operations through volunteering and other ways of giving back. In the sustainability realm, we’ve participated in several initiatives, including:

  • Hosting weekly mobile farmer’s markets near our Menlo Park headquarters that provide fresh produce to the Belle Haven and East Palo Alto communities.
  • Collaborating with the Menlo Park Rotary Club to build the Belle Haven Community Garden, where families in the community now have access to over two dozen planting beds that are free to use.
  • Sponsoring solar installations on homes in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto through our partnership with Grid Alternatives.