As a sustainable technology company with a mission to innovate and optimize infrastructure within data centers to eliminate waste of materials, energy and water to dramatically reduce the environmental and economic impact of the digital world, it feels really good to be recognized for our innovation in data center sustainability. Sustainability is (clearly) one of our core principles and, for many of us, it’s a key reason why we do what we do.

First, our soon-to-open Phoenix data center was named the “2016 Data Center Energy Efficiency Project of the Year” by the Global Data Center Alliance. Jeffrey Dorf, President of the Global Data Center Alliance, had this to say about us: “With the entire state of Arizona focused on minimizing water and energy consumption, Aligned’s industry-changing technology allowed them to stand out as the clear winner in the Energy Efficiency category.”

Then, we received a Global Sustainability Leadership Award from the Business Intelligence Group. “Our judges made it clear that Aligned should be recognized for their sustainability efforts,” said Russ Fordyce, managing director, Business Intelligence Group. “Their innovation and leadership should serve as a model for organizations around the globe. Congratulations to the entire team.”

Data centers are one of the fastest-growing users of energy and water, and the kind of growth we foresee for the digital economy (welcome to the zettabyte era) simply isn’t possible without dramatic improvements in data center efficiency. As our CEO Jakob Carnemark explains it, “We are honored to receive these awards as it is our mission to continue to identify and implement solutions that dramatically reduce the environmental and economic impact of the rapidly expanding digital world. It serves as yet another testament to the hard work and innovation of our employees.”

Of course, what’s good for the environment is also good for business: when a data center uses less energy and water, that should mean less cost for its tenants, and at Aligned Data Centers, it does. For example, Energy Metrics software helped Lenovo save 60-80% in power costs. And the Inertech cooling system reduced energy cost by 79% in Plano. Software from Energy Metrics and cooling technology from Inertech (both Aligned companies) are fundamental elements of the Aligned Data Centers model.

So these two awards make a great end cap to a great year. And we look forward to more innovation in sustainability – including expansion of our partnership with Climeon to produce 100% clean power for the data center – in 2017.