Esra Kucukciftci, Naveen Lakshmipathy, and Cynthia Shih spent this summer working as EDF Climate Corps fellows at Facebook to assess energy efficiency measures for the company’s new Menlo Park campus. Their work included identifying energy use benchmarks, efficiency opportunities and best practices for an integrated energy management system. The work of the three 2011 EDF Climate Corps fellows established Facebook’s energy baseline and provided Facebook with energy efficiency recommendations and an implementation strategy. Facebook now has an opportunity to eliminate 5100 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually and realize $770K in net operating savings.
Kucukciftci worked to identify significant opportunities for Facebook to make an impact in its new home. She made the business case for integrating energy efficiency into design decisions. Kucukciftci’s analysis and recommendations about energy goals and technologies was designed to provide Facebook with a near-term path to implementing energy efficiency initiatives.
Lakshmipathy focused his efforts on the lighting systems in office areas as well as Facebook’s café-kitchen mechanical systems. He presented Facebook with daylight utilization and lighting optimization controls to improve workspace efficiency and comfort. Lakshmipathy also provided Facebook with recommendations about food service technology solutions to improve the kitchens’ energy efficiency, air quality and noise levels.
Shih primarily concentrated her efforts on Facebook’s office equipment, such as computer monitors, and micro-kitchen amenities, and fitness center equipment. Working cross-functionally and bringing together diverse internal stakeholders, she identified significant potential energy savings through optimizing default settings and implementing an IT procurement policy.