Sustainability

The Gold Standard in Green

Your customers are paying attention. They want environmentally sound practices across the service and supply chain. At DFT, our commitment to sustainability reflects well on your mission—and your bottom line.

What makes a data center green? The primary determinant is overall efficiency and the reduction of wasted energy. At DFT, we make numerous green infrastructure investments in our data centers that are geared almost entirely toward improving the customer experience.

Keeping Cool

Rather than consume energy on fans, DFT cools many of our data centers primarily with evaporative chillers using reclaimed water—a greener option than potable water and available at about one-third the cost. We’ve saved customers at our Ashburn, Virginia, campus up to 65 percent in water costs by using reclaimed water.

Reclaimed water is water that is used more than one time before it passes back into the natural water cycle. Scientifically proven water treatment technology allows communities to reuse water for many different purposes, including industrial operations, irrigation and drinking. The water is treated differently depending upon the source, end use of the water and how it is delivered.

 

Recognized for Recycling

DFT received the Recycled Water Customer of the Year Award from the California chapter of the WateReuse Association in 2012. The award recognized DFT for using recycled water to supplement the cooling system in its Santa Clara data center.



Making the Grade

The best measure of total energy efficiency in a data center is Power Utilization Efficiency (PUE). Since 2006, our PUE has declined by an average of at least 10 percent with each successful data center model adaptation. Every 0.1 PUE reduction means thousands of dollars per megawatt in annual savings for our customers.

Designed to Make a Difference

All DFT greenfield data centers have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Several are LEED Gold certified—recognized for numerous green design and construction features that positively affect the surrounding community.

We take every measure to lessen the environmental impact of our facilities with the belief that, working with other industries and communities, we can make a big difference. We do little things—like paint our roofs white to reduce heat, use bio-friendly cleaning agents, install waterless restroom facilities and clean with reusable microfiber rags instead of paper towels—in the hope that our cumulative effort results in a friendlier environmental footprint. We take pride in providing recycling for cardboard and pallet waste onsite at our facilities. These are just a few examples of the initiatives we pursue to meet—and often exceed—your social responsibility and financial objectives.