Aligned’s Phill Lawson-Shanks and Mercy Manning Join REBA Advisory Board

Phill Lawson-Shanks, Aligned’s Chief Innovation Officer, and Mercy Manning, Vice President, Sales and Sustainability Strategy, have joined the Advisory Board of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA). REBA is an alliance of large clean energy buyers, energy providers, service providers and NGO partners that are unlocking the energy marketplace to lead a rapid transition to a cleaner, prosperous, zero-carbon energy future. The organization’s mission is to build a resilient, zero-carbon energy system where every organization has a viable, expedient, and cost-effective pathway to renewable energy, an objective that resonates with Aligned’s commitment to solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges associated with data center infrastructure and energy consumption, as well as water usage.

The REBA Advisory Board consists of committees which align with the organization’s areas of focus, including Supply Chain & International Collaboration, Education & Engagement, Market Innovations, and Policy Innovations. Advisory Board members hail from such Big Tech companies as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, as well as global brands in such diverse industries as automotive, entertainment and retail, including General Motors, the Walt Disney Company, and Walmart.

“As responsible stewards of the environment, sustainability will always be at the core of what we do at Aligned,” states Lawson-Shanks. “With humankind in the midst of an era that will see demands for compute, networking and storage capacity reach unprecedented levels, data center providers are uniquely positioned to ensure a clean energy future. So, along with my esteemed colleagues at REBA, I am happy to take up the mantle of securing and democratizing renewable energy resources for companies across the global digital economy.”

In addition to his role as CIO, Lawson-Shanks heads Aligned’s cross-functional Sustainability Committee, of which Mercy Manning is also a member. Aligned’s Sustainability Committee is comprised of leaders from all corporate divisions, including Customer Experience, Design & Construction, Operations, Innovation and Technology, Finance, Audit and Compliance, and Branding. The Committee’s objective is to integrate sustainability and business initiatives to help Aligned and our customers reach their sustainability goals.

“Along with Phill, I am excited to join the REBA Advisory board as an industry stakeholder and support REBA’s collaborative action towards a resilient, zero-carbon energy future, ” says Manning. “Aligned’s sustainability journey began with water and energy efficiency, and continues today with matching 100 percent of our IT load with renewable energy sources across all our data centers. We also employ a sustainability lens and environmental metrics within our supply chain.”

“What’s good for the planet isn’t only good for business. As builders of the infrastructure underpinning the economic engines of our time, driving a clean energy future is essential for us all,” Manning adds.

Aligned Selected as 2020 Green Lease Leader by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance and the Institute for Market Transformation

DALLAS – JUNE 8, 2020 – Aligned, a leading data center provider offering innovative, sustainable and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions for cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers, announces it has been named a 2020 Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance.

Launched in 2014, Green Lease Leaders sets national standards for what constitutes a green lease, while recognizing property owners and their customers who modernize their leases to spur collaborative action on energy efficiency, cost-savings, air quality, and sustainability in buildings.  Aligned has achieved SILVER Recognition for evolving its sustainability standards to implement green leasing practices that drive reduced operating costs, shared energy savings and sustainability benefits across its entire portfolio of adaptive data centers.  To receive this recognition, Aligned qualified for credits in energy efficiency and sustainability best practices such as utility data tracking and sharing, cost recovery for capital improvements and sustainability training.

“We are proud to be named a 2020 Green Lease Leader and help forge the path forward for green lease standards in data centers,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned.  “Aligning our business strategy, technologies and infrastructure closely with customers’ sustainability goals and requirements has been at the core of what we do since our inception.  Implementing green lease standards across our portfolio is another way Aligned helps customers improve power usage effectiveness (PUE) and reduce operating costs, while supporting our mission towards a clean energy future.”

Founded on the premise of solving the world’s toughest sustainability challenges associated with data center infrastructure, energy consumption and water usage, Aligned’s commitment to sustainability is woven throughout its corporate fabric. In February, Aligned announced its increased commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability by matching 100% of the IT loads across its data center portfolio with certified renewable energy. The Company’s proprietary cooling technology, Delta3, utilizes up to 80% less energy and 85% less water to reduce PUE, improve environmental impact and lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers. Delta3 allows customers to Expand on Demand, incrementally scaling in place up to 50 kW per rack without stranding capacity. 

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About Aligned

Aligned is an infrastructure technology company that offers adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions to cloud, enterprise, and managed service providers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability and their bottom line. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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