BendBroadband Vault Receives Sustainability Award

The Environmental Center in Central Oregon recognizes new green data center

At an awards ceremony earlier this evening in downtown Bend, BendBroadband’s Vault received recognition for its environmental leadership in Central Oregon. The Environmental Center named the new data storage center as a 2011 Sustainability Innovation Award winner, highlighting its commitment to a healthy environment, a vibrant economy and an equitable society.

“Throughout the design and construction process for the Vault, BendBroadband was focused on creating an environmentally-responsible data center,” said Leonard Weitman, VP Technical Operations and Project Manager for the BendBroadband Vault project. “As long-time members of this community, we know how important it is to do business in a sustainable way in order to preserve our quality of life in Central Oregon. We value the opportunity to provide a green example to others designing data centers. We are proud to be recognized for these efforts with the 2011 Sustainability Award.”

The Vault is a 30,000-square-foot, carbon neutral, enterprise-class colocation and disaster recovery data center in Central Oregon. The facility was recently awarded the Uptime Institute Tier III Constructed Facility Certification, the first on the West Coast to attain this distinction. The Vault was built and designed with Tier III as well as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification as two primary goals.

Just a few of the facility’s sustainable features include:

  • Extreme energy efficiency, through extensive use of solar energy and high performance cooling systems
  • Porous, pervious pavement in the parking areas
  • Xeriscape landscaping for the high desert climate
  • Insulation created from recycled denim jeans
  • Low-heat, low-energy LED lights
  • 100 percent carbon neutral facility through onsite techniques and offsite credit purchases
  • 100 percent of electricity needs purchased through the Pacific Power Blue Sky renewable energy program

The Environmental Center hosts the annual Sustainability Awards as a way of highlighting the determined and persistent change makers—in business, government, nonprofit, and the community—who are essential to achieving a sustainable future.  By showcasing achievements through its annual awards program, The Environmental Center hopes to inspire even more sustainable action in Central Oregon.