All over the world, Intel has been going green–at its Intel Design Center 9 in Haifa, Israel, for example, with took LEED Gold last year, and with KM 1, an 14-year-old Intel factory and office building in Kulim, Malaysia, which took LEED basic certification for strategic energy efficient improvements. Now, the computing giant has a green U.S. feather in its cap: LEED Silver certification in the Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance category for its Ocotillo manufacturing campus in Chandler, Arizona.
While this certification does mark the first such certification for the entire manufacturing campus of a semiconductor or industrial technology company, here’s the part we find most impressive: due to Intel’s longstanding focus on the environment, no capital improvements were required to achieve it.
Notable green features of the Ocotillo manufacturing campus include two hundred 300 kW solar electricity support structures (erected in the campus parking lot in 2010); a 90 percent recycling rate across the campus for all solid waste; low flow water features and irrigation, resulting in 66 percent water conservation campus-wide; and a stormwater capture system that results in one hundred percent of all runoff being put to use in irrigation on site.
Currently, Intel is working with the Arizona State University in testing to see whether growing algae on the roof of the Ocotillo campus’s fabrication facility could use the building’s carbon emissions to produce biofuels, thereby offsetting its carbon footprint.