Apple: Clean Energy Leader

Apple: Clean Energy Leader

Apple is sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its facilities, including its headquarters in California, its data centers, and retail stores in 43 countries.

The sources of renewable energy are solar, wind, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydro generation systems that use turbines in free-flowing waterways to supply clean energy.

In addition, 23 of its manufacturing partners will be producing Apple products with 100% clean energy.  In so doing, Apple establishes itself as the leader in 100% reliance on clean energy to power all production across its supply chain.

This post is based on the ABC News article, Apple’s headquarters, facilities now powered by 100 percent renewable energy, by Andrea Miller, April 12, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Ververidis Vasilis.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is the significance of Apple’s effort in sourcing 100% renewable energy to power its facilities?

Guidance: Apple’s internal operations are sustainable; Apple is joining with other technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft in mitigating energy security, climate, and air pollution health issues associated with fossil fuels

2. What is the significance of Apple’s effort in having its manufacturing partners commit to producing Apple products with 100% clean energy?

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Ten Million Dollar Cup

Ten Million Dollar Cup

April 9, 2018

Starbucks has been working on sustainability from “bean to cup.”  Now they are focusing on the cup.

Unsatisfied with their results on an environmentally friendly cup design, Starbucks has turned outside of their firm with a $10 million dollar challenge.  Partnering with Closed Loop Partners, the goal is to develop the next generation coffee cup that skips the landfill and either decomposes or is recycled.

The problem is that over 600 billion coffee cups are consumed each year.  Starbucks alone uses over 6 billion.  Because of the plastic lining used in the current design, the cups are difficult to recycle and take approximately 20 years to decompose.

This doesn’t fit with the company’s corporate sustainability goals.  In 2010, Starbucks set a goal to have 100% of its cups being reusable or recyclable by 2015.  They didn’t achieve this goal.  Only a handful of cities can recycle their cups, and only 10% of the cups’ material is from post-consumer recycled fiber.

Thus, the $10 million challenge has been announced to move their sustainable cup goals forward.

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