Being “Green” at VMware means more than just reducing the need for servers and lowering IT operational costs through virtualization. It’s who we are as a company. We understand that it’s not always easy being Green, but we are taking big steps every day to do our part to protect our planet and conserve earth’s energy.
Like our customers, we’ve benefited from virtualizing our own green IT infrastructure with the goal of giving our IT folks a break from time spent on maintenance. But we’ve also reduced our corporate carbon footprint in quite a few ways outside the datacenter as well.
At our promontory headquarters in Palo Alto, California,
- We composted almost 35,000 lbs of food waste and compostable items during the first 6 months of 2009. Our cafe generates zero trash – everything is sustainable, compostable or recyclable. Greenwaste of Palo Alto Fall 2010 Newsletter features VMware's compost practices.
- We reduced electrical power consumption during peak hours by designing our windows to provide extensive day-lighting. In fact, we exceeded Title 24 compliance.
- Our lobbies and atriums consist of 20,000 sq ft of reclaimed wood flooring, and the structural steel in our buildings can be recycled because we eliminated spray-on toxic coating (fire-proofing) to ensure future recyclability.
- We've reduced water consumption by 30% through our use of low-flow faucets and showerheads - not to mention the fact that we planted native and drought-tolerant plants to conserve water outdoors as well.
- We pay 100% of the cost for employees to use existing public transportation to get to and from work so we are not adding incremental vehicles onto roads.
And this is only part of the picture.
We currently divert more than 90% of our waste from landfills.
While we at VMware help customers energize their businesses through virtualization and save energy and financial costs, we will continue to strive to become even more green outside the datacenter by optimizing energy where we can and reducing waste by diverting recyclables and compostable materials from the waste stream.
We invite every company to take up our challenge and embark on this green journey together.