Apple Plans to Go Green with Upcoming "Spaceship" Campus
Apple’s forthcoming “spaceship” campus is not only elegantly designed but it’s also designed to be more environmentally friendly than its predecessor, continuing a trend that has seen tech companies across Silicon Valley go green. According to Bloomberg
, the eco-conscious trend that is seemingly sweeping the tech sector arguably began with Apple’s Campus 2 plans. Several of the largest names in technology are planning builds that will be less along the lines of office parks and more like nature preserves.
Apple CEO Tim Cook made sure to point out the company’s new site will result in a good deal of land reclamation. The company is said to be bulldozing all of the buildings currently occupying the grounds. The site is said to be 80% covered in asphalt and concrete and when the project is done, the number is said to be down to 20%.
The current renditions of the planned facilities show its circular frame topped with solar panels and the design is said to be energy self-sufficient. Google, Facebook, and Samsung have also announced new campuses, all of which seem to follow Apple’s eco-conscious ideal.
The trend of going cheap is definitely not cheap. Apple’s plan involves planting 6,000 trees on its 176-acre property, including a 108-tree forested courtyard. It should be noted that relocating full-grown specimens can run from $60,000 to $100,000 per tree alone. Still, it is an interesting idea that the Cupertino California company is working on bringing to fruition.