There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The information technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple. You’ve got to admit that’s impressive.
But how does Apple do it? Having to manufacture millions of specialty products that consist of expensive materials, and then having to ship them all over the world has got to produce tons of carbon emissions, right? And what about all those locations? With over 400 retail sites, 18 assembly facilities, and hundreds of suppliers worldwide, how can Apple possibly manage to succeed in energy efficiency?
Those exact questions were fluttering through my head when I first discovered this list. Now, I consider myself an Apple groupie (is it really so bad to own six different Apple products?), but I had my suspicions. So I turned to the only place in the world that can ease everyone’s fears: the Internet. (Specifically, Apple’s website.) In a powerful frenzy of clicking, I quickly discovered the truth. And it’s unfathomable.
“AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT FACILITY IS GOOD, BUT A 100 PERCENT RENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITY IS BETTER.”
Though Apple has not achieved this colossal goal, it is working toward it. The company admits to burning fossil fuels and emitting carbon emissions, but recognizing the problem is always the first step to recovery, isn’t it? Now, change is in the works. So far this year, Apple has already converted 140 of its U.S. retail stores to rely on renewable energy alone. Not only are the stores on the energy-efficient track, all of its data centers, which run services such as Siri and iTunes, obtain energy from 100 percent renewable sources.
Speaking of renewable resources, its new campus will rely on them completely.
Its new headquarters will contain...