Earth day is just around the corner and as I reflect on my past 21 years at Intel, one thing has remained constant: a focus on the environment is in our DNA. I remember a quote in our inaugural Environmental, Health, and Safety Report in January 1995 by Gordon Moore, co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel “We need to continually improve our manufacturing process, thereby reducing our burden on the environment and becoming an asset to the communities in which we live and work.”
As part of our longstanding commitment to live up to this challenge, we continually look for ways to reduce our footprint. We’re far from perfect but I’m particularly proud of three notable milestones over the past year:
In 2016, we unveiled a new solar installation in Folsom, California. At peak capacity, the solar arrays will generate enough power to meet over 50% of the campus’s energy usage, equivalent to meeting the power demand of almost 1,000 homes. In the next few weeks we’ll be unveiling another campus with a similar solar investment—watch this space!
In September, in Bangalore India, we completed construction on our newest office building. The energy efficiency of this building is our best to date, less than 50% that of a traditional office building. Outfitted with smart LED lighting, smart occupancy sensors tied to our HVAC system, solar hot water heaters, rain water harvesting, and grey water re-use systems makes this the smartest, greenest building we’ve ever built and sets a new baseline for our future construction roadmap.
Earlier this year, GE and Intel jointly published a white paper exploring the opportunities presented by the Internet of Things (IoT) in industrial applications and featuring projects implemented at GE and Intel that demonstrate what is possible. IoT technologies used to manage buildings operations, industrial operations, and transportation networks have the potential to optimize production, minimize operating costs, and conserve natural resources.
Sustainability is a journey and there is more to do. Our employees’ passion for innovation is key to achieving our environmental strategies and goals. As part of our Earth month celebration this year we are again encouraging all of our employees around the globe to take action and volunteer their time in the community. In doing so we can realize Gordon Moore’s call to action of being “assets to our communities” and ultimately make earth day every day.
See more of our efforts to make Earth Day every day at Intel below: