Responsible Practices > Environmental Sustainability

Green Building

We are committed to creating world-class environmentally responsible office spaces for our thousands of employees across the globe. Over 60% of our workspaces are certified green spaces and we are transforming more every day. In October, 2016, we opened our first building designed to be Net Zero Energy in Sunnyvale, California. This building is designed to generate the energy it needs to light, heat and cool its spaces using clean, renewable energy. The rooftop is covered with a 245 KW array of solar panels. These panels power the building by day and offset electricity used at night.

View NZE building standards


Data Centers

Linkedin continues to grow significantly year over year with an average of 2 new members per second. As we expand our presence worldwide, our goal is to scale and operate the most reliable, innovative, efficient and sustainable data centers in the world. Through collaborative programs such as the Business of Social Responsibility (BSR) Future of Internet Power, we continue to look for opportunities to maximize efficiency and  utilize renewable energy sources.

The Uptime Institute recently recognized our Oregon datacenter with the highest score to-date for the Efficient IT award. This award cites LinkedIn’s leadership in innovation and design to achieve lasting reductions in the data center’s costs, utilities, and carbon emissions, and our commitment to renewable energy.

View the Uptime Institute Award

Sustainable Operations

At our workplaces, the collective impact of our employee activity adds up, so we are addressing this through resource conservation and commuting programs.

Resource Conservation

Waste: We measure our waste generation in our offices across the globe, and through education and outreach, we are targeting and tracking improvements in  our recycling and composting rates.

Energy: We use data to make smart energy decisions. In the first 6 months of 2016, we saved 26 tons of CO2 by leveraging insights from an energy management platform in our Bay Area offices.

Water: LinkedIn tracks our water footprint and we take action to conserve this precious resource.  Since 2015, we have educated our employees on water conservation opportunities through food choice in our California workplaces.


We recognize that employee commuting contributes to energy and emission impacts.  We build our worksites with public transit proximity as a location selection criteria and provide support for employees to walk, bike, car-pool, and use public transport, and when not possible, to adopt electric vehicles.  

Currently, 55% of LinkedIn’s global employees do not use a car to commute.  We have a fleet of LinkedIn bicycles and our California employees logged 50,000 miles per year for intra-campus travel. Our electric vehicle charging program has saved 1 million lbs of CO2e since 2013.

Carbon Footprint

We track the carbon emissions from our global operations, including offices, data centers, employee air travel, and commuting.  We are committed to reducing our emissions, and in 2015 we participated in the American Business Act on Climate initiative sponsored by the White House.  We pledged to a path toward powering our global operations with 100% renewable energy. Through implementation of green sustainability standards for our buildings, data centers, and operations, we lighten our impact to the planet while we enable the global workforce to access opportunity.

View American Business Act on Climate