Yeah, it does look like a big spaceship, doesn't it?
Thats what the Palo Alto city council said when Steve Jobs originally proposed the idea for the "Apple Campus 2" in 2011. At around 2.8 million square feet and a budget of around $5 billion, Apple hasn't stopped with their ambitious plans. The facility is set to house over 12,000 employees and a 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square feet of R&D space, a fitness center, and an orchard. The building was designed by the acclaimed architect Lord Norman Foster.
However the most interesting and Apple like feature of the Apple Campus 2 is it's zero net energy use. The Campus's energy sources all come from 100% renewable energy. On the outer edges of the campus, vents are situated near the roof to allow natural wind and breezes to provide all of the airflow and ventilation that the Campus needs for about 3/4 of the year. Apple is also planting thousands of trees and expanding its local commuting alternatives for its employees who choose to commute to work by alternate means from driving.
As companies sink their hands deeper into our lives, how much responsibility to they have for directing change in the world? At what size does a company become responsible the environmental and social impact it's products have on the people it serves? With a company as large as Apple, and the prevalence of their products, they are taking the initiative to hold their hands up and say " We can change the world for the better."
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