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Apple's U.S. Operations Are Now 100 Percent Powered by Renewables

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Today, April 22, 2015, is Earth Day and throughout the day Curbed is going to be bringing you news from the worlds of sustainable design, architecture and general innovation awesomeness.

Debuting a shiny new page on its site this week, Apple announced that its operations in the U.S. are now totally, completely fueled by renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro-electric energy, while 87% of its global operations are sustainably powered. Its data center in Prineville, Oregon, for example, is powered by a micro-hydro project the company developed. This is good news because, aside from being an unloved building type, data centers house the wealth of information on the 'net and are notorious energy hogs.

The company has also partnered with the non-profit organization Conservation Fund, which will help it "protect and create the type of forests we use in our packaging," says Apple. And, to offset the energy used by its retail stores and offices worldwide, the company adds, its building a solar farm in China. Apple has also taken steps to increase its water efficiency and reduce toxins in all those iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks. "It's our responsibility to make sure that while creating beautiful products, we're also caring for our beautiful planet." Awww. We hope Apple continues to work toward a more recyclable, ethical, and green enterprise.

Check out Apple's Environmental Responsibility video below:

· Environmental Responsibility [Apple]
· America's Data Centers Consuming and Wasting Growing Amounts of Energy [National Resources Defense Council]
· All Apple stories [Curbed]

The rest of your required reading for Earth Day:
The Largest Green Wall in North American is in This Bathroom
Why Doesn't the World Have More Wooden Skyscrapers?
Remarkable Solar Housing for Medics in Rural Burundi