Being “Green” at VMware isn’t just about our virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. It’s an important part of who we are and how we shape our workplace community. Join us as we celebrate Earth Day and learn a little bit more about how our people work together as One VMware to make environmentally conscious decisions each day.
VMware’s Palo Alto, beautiful California headquarters strives to be green from the ground up. In 2009, VMware began pursuing its first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification for three buildings on campus. To become LEED certified, a building has to satisfy prerequisites and earn points for recognizing best-in-class building strategies and practices. To date, the LEED certification project at VMware has:
- Diverted 86.5% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfill
- Allowed 32.81% of the total building materials, by cost, to be manufactured using recycled materials
- Reduced connected lighting power density from that allowed by Title 24 by 18.45%
- Installed occupancy sensors for 76.2% of the project connected lighting load
- Installed ENERGY STAR-rated equipment and appliances equal to 60.76% by rated power
We’re currently growing the number of LEED certified buildings at VMware. Eight buildings at our Palo Alto campus and the commercial interiors of our new Vista building in Bangalore, India are in the certification process.
Learn more about the LEED Certification here.
Eco-Friendly Ways to Get to Work
Whether you bike, take the commuter rail, carpool, or drive on your own to work, VMware supports a variety of ways for our people to be Green when commuting to and from work every day.
With 133 bike lockers, over 200 external bike racks/posts, five indoor bike rooms with lockers and racks for 120 bikes, and one covered outdoor area with racks for 20 bikes, our “campus in a forest” is bike friendly. Being situated in the Stanford Research Park allows for access to a variety of bike paths and ease of commute due to the designated bike lanes across the city of Palo Alto as well.
Interested in going for a cruise around Palo Alto, California? Discover over 4,000 bike routes around the city here.
Depending on where you live, commuting by bus or rail might be the most logical and environmentally conscious decision. In order to reduce the number of incremental vehicles on the road, VMware currently pays 100% of the cost for employees to use public transportation at our Palo Alto headquarters. Some of the most frequently used modes of public transportation in the Bay Area include CalTrain, a local commuter train route that goes between San Francisco and the San Jose/Gilroy stop at the Palo Alto station and Dumbarton Express, an express bus route that runs from Union City BART to Palo Alto and Stanford Research Park – where VMware headquarters sits.
Hear from Hanna Friend, VMware Program Manager, on her commute to work with CalTrain on the Peninsula Moves! blog.
For employees behind the wheel, our Palo Alto campus has 53 EV (Electric Vehicle) charging stations onsite. Since March 2013, there have been 11,670 EV charge ups and 122 MWH (milowatts) used. That is the equivalent of saving 51, 153 kg (kilograms) of green house gases and 15,205 gallons of gasoline. Pretty cool, right?
Reduce & Reuse for What’s Next
To power what’s next for our community, VMware headquarters has eight solar installations that can produce an estimated 1,300 MW (megawatts) of power. This is the equivalent of taking 190 passenger vehicles off the road.
We’re also proud to say that because of our sustainability practices and the participation of our people, VMware’s Palo Alto campus diverted 91.59% of waste from landfills in 2013. Since 2009, our people have reduced the total waste output of VMware headquarters by 70,000 tons while our population increased by over 1,000 people!
Going Green Goes Global
Being Green isn’t just something that our people practice at VMware headquarters. Our global sites are working together to define and drive sustainability efforts that will make a difference in their local communities. Here’s a glimpse of Green activities taking shape at VMware offices around the world.
- Our Broomfield, Colorado site holds e-waste recycling events for employees’ personal items (i.e. computers, TVs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines). To date, the site has collected over four tons of electronics to be safely and ethically recycled.
- VMware Cambridge in Massachusetts reimburses its employees that carpool or use public transportation to get to work each day. Over 50% of our Cambridge employees take public transportation.
- Over in Europe, our Cork, Ireland site recently began a Waste Awareness Campaign in March of 2014. Each of the three buildings onsite (Behan House, Kavanagh House and Parnell House) has a board that displays its monthly recycling vs. waste figures. The goal is to increase recycling while reducing waste. A little friendly rivalry between sites is helping each building improve their recycling statistics. To date, the Parnell House is in the lead with 58% of their waste being recycled. VMware Cork intends to drive these stats above 70% in the coming months.
- Employees at our Sofia, Bulgaria site collect plastic bottle caps to recycle offsite. The money from the recycled caps is donated to a local nonprofit.
- In Japan, VMware Tokyo employees turn off the lights and air conditioning in conference rooms after meetings have concluded to reduce energy consumption. Tokyo employees also recycle cans, pull-tabs, caps, and plastic bottles after use.
- VMware Bangalore in India implemented the use of microfiber mops to clean office premises. Microfiber mops help the environment by using less water and chemical when cleaning, thus contributing less to the waste stream.
Earth Day reminds us to reflect on how we can do our part to protect our environment and shared finite resources. At VMware, we’re always looking to learn more about how we can work together to make more sustainable choices for our global community’s future.
Join our community as we work to give more, take less, and protect mother Earth.
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