Thursday, May 8, 2008

Ebay's Good Green Moves

--trends + business + politics--

"eBay empowers people around the world to recycle and reuse, so constructing an environmentally friendly building from the ground up reflects our business values and our commitment to reducing our corporate footprint -- in the Bay Area and at all of our facilities worldwide," said John Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay Inc. "Going green is a great way to work."

The statement came as part of an announcement of a major green effort by the online giant. The company is opening an environmentally friendly building on its North Campus in San Jose, which is to be built to LEED Gold standards (the second highest LEED rating a building can receive). The building sits on a campus with the largest commercial solar installation in the city, including 3.248 solar panels that cover an incredible 60,000 square feet - larger than the size of a football field. eBay’s investment in its new "green" building is a reflection of its commitment to offer more ways for employees to incorporate green practices into their daily lives.

SolarCity, which provided the solar panels for the new building, has offered employees a discount for installing solar panels in their homes and more than 500 employees have attended workshops about residential solar installation. In addition, eBay Inc. offers employees a carbon offsetting program through TerraPass, which allows employees to measure their carbon footprint and purchase offsets to balance their impact. Further, eBay Inc. runs shuttles from its San Jose campuses to San Francisco in order to improve employee quality of life and get more cars off the road.

Ebay prides itself on being fundamentally "green" as a business. The online marketplace was built to be an engine for the reuse of goods. The market has grown to include buyers and sellers worldwide who are using eBay to make a difference on behalf of the environment. Over the last decade, this has translated into a whopping $100 billion in goods each year that were reused, as opposed to being thrown into landfills or producing and buying new items.

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