Yahoo! is committed to being an environmentally responsible company, and we make constant improvements to our operations to work smarter and more efficiently.
In the past year, we made great progress in increasing our number of Green office buildings around the globe, continuing to push the industry standards for energy-efficiency in data centers, providing meaningful content to our users, and spreading grass-roots impacts through the Yahoo! Employee Foundation (YEF) and the Yahoo! Green Team.
Here is a summary of some great green things that have been happening at Yahoo!:
GREEN ON THE NETWORK
We don’t keep sustainability to ourselves! We serve the Yahoo! community with smart lifestyle tips every day at Yahoo! Shine Green . And, we’ve just announced an exciting partnership to promote the launch of America’s most fuel-efficient five-seat car, the Focus Electric, with “Plugged In,” Yahoo!’s first reality competition series on Yahoo! Screen. Read more about this electrifying programming on Yodel Anecdotal.
- Searches on Yahoo! for “electric vehicles” are up 2168% this month.
- Hybrid car searches are up 259% this month on Yahoo!, 59% of searches come from males
- Earth Day searches are spiking 226% this month on Yahoo! – searches for Earth Day activities are also spiking. 72% of searches come from females.
GREEN AT WORK
On the data center front, we’re proud to have the best Clean Energy Index score in Greenpeace’s report on the IT industry for the second year in a row. Our Lockport data center also won a Finalist spot in Uptime Institute’s highly competitive Green Enterprise IT annual awards.
And, last year, Yahoo! offices received LEED® Green Building Certification for our Sunnyvale, New York, and Bangalore, offices and our Omaha Data Center. Additional third party Green Building designations have been awarded to our offices in Dublin, Milan, and Singapore. As of today, 35% of Yahoos work in designated “green” buildings, up from 0% in 2010, and climbing quickly towards our 2014 sustainability goal of having 60% of Yahoos working in green certified offices.
GREEN IN THE COMMUNITY
Yahoos contribute their time, talents, and treasure to environmental causes all over the globe. Through fundraising and grant championships with the Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF), Yahoos have contributed their own money and efforts to deliver nearly $400,000 in grants for environmental organizations.
YAHOO! GREEN TEAM
The Yahoo! Green Team is taking action with events around the globe, including Tree-Plantings (Bangalore), E-waste Recycling (Atlanta), Free is Good Re-Use Fairs (Barcelona, Ho Chi Minh City & others) Trashcan Retirement Parties (Sunnyvale, Beijing & others), Stair Climbing Celebrations(Taipei), Mugstock events (Omaha), Green Speakers Breakfast (Dublin), Lights-Off Hours (Manila, Singapore, Seoul, etc.) and many more.
Happy Earth Day, from the Yahoo! Green Team!