Sustainability at Workiva
Sustainability at Workiva reflects our core ethic of doing the right thing every time, from how we serve our customers to how we treat our employees to how we respect our surroundings. In 2013, we committed to reduce our carry-off waste by 30 percent over a three-year period. We exceed our goal and reduced waste by 42 percent in that time period, which ended in 2016. We implemented a corporate recycling and waste reduction program, including reusable snack bowls, coffee mugs and water tumblers rather than paper or plastic. At our headquarters, trash from our office goes to the Ames Resource Recovery Plant, where 70 percent of the waste generates electricity for the municipal utility. In 2016, Workiva generated 12,153 kWh of electricity with our trash.
Workiva is committed to taking every measure to protect natural resources. We built our Wdesk platform to enable collaboration and control from anywhere with an internet connection, eliminating excess travel and excess paper. Plus, Wdesk helps our customers lower their carbon footprint and waste by reducing printing and delivery of physical documents.
One of our cloud providers is Amazon, which has a long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint. As an AWS customer, we use 84 percent less power and utilize a 28 percent cleaner power mix, for a total reduction in carbon emissions of 88 percent by using the AWS Cloud instead of operating our own data centers.
Google, our other cloud provider, has an infrastructure that is entirely carbon-neutral. Their data centers consume 50 percent less energy than the typical datacenter. In 2017, Google will purchase 100 percent renewable energy to match consumption for their global datacenter operations.
In 2016, customers created 15,764 digital reviews, saving an estimated 3,820,854 printed pages. This represents a savings of 325 trees. Throughout our offices, the minimal amount paper we use is recycled and in 2016, over 135 trees were saved through this program.