Akamai is improving efficiency and reducing consumption in our offices through sustainable building practices.
Akamai’s ongoing effort to minimize our environmental impact extends to improving efficiency and reducing consumption in our offices.
Efficient Corporate IT
Akamai’s corporate IT organization implements server and desktop virtualization that enables multiple applications to run on the same machine, significantly reducing the number of machines required. To date we’ve decommissioned or avoided the purchase of over a thousand servers and desktops, saving more than one hundred thousand dollars in annual energy costs, and more than a million dollars in avoided server and desktop-related costs. Employees are provisioned with Energy Star-rated, low-power laptops, Macs and monitors, significantly reducing office plug load. Finally, in 2016 Akamai kicked off a project to replace our video-conferencing and copier equipment that not only uses substantially less energy, but is much quieter too!
Office Waste Minimization
Where supported by the property management company, Akamai’s leased-offices have waste recycling programs. In addition to standard recycling many offices also collect and recycle batteries, small electronics, ink toner cartridges; compost organic waste; replace paper cups with mugs and glasses; and implement duplex printing.
Green Building and Leasing Practices
Akamai is committed to following sustainable building practices whenever we undertake renovations of our leased offices. Akamai’s brand new 19-floor, 486,000 square-foot Cambridge Massachusetts headquarters, scheduled for occupation at the end of 2019, will be LEED Gold certified.
Supporting employee health and well-being is also a top priority. The new headquarters is designed to the WELL Building standard, implementing specific ergonomic, air, water and lighting operational requirements as well as other amenities designed to enhance our employee experience.
For its leased office spaces Akamai has signed on as a principle signatory to the Sustainable Tenants’ Leasing Principles, an initiative of the Sustainability Roundtable, signaling to landlords and service providers that sustainability – energy efficiency, healthy workplaces, carbon disclosure, data collection and sharing, incentive alignment, and policy advocacy – is an important priority.