Green

We're building a platform to change the way people move around their cities and understand our planet. How we build that platform matters. Mapbox is 100% carbon neutral, from our offices to our servers. We use renewable energy where we can source it and buy certified renewable energy credits (RECs) and carbon offsets where we can't.

Here's a breakdown of everything we're doing. We're always looking for new ways to keep our team, our facilities, and our platform working in harmony with the environment, so hit us up on Twitter @Mapbox with ideas.

Our servers

Mapbox's global infrastructure runs on the Amazon Web Services cloud – we're geo-redundant in every AWS region around the world. Hundreds of millions of people view our maps every month, requiring dozens and sometimes hundreds of servers. Our servers are stateless, running only when we need them, but they still draw a lot of power.

We're taking two approaches to eliminate our AWS carbon footprint:

  • We're in line to have our servers powered by AWS's new 150 megawatt wind energy project. The AWS Wind Farm (Fowler Ridge) in Benton County, Indiana will expand one of the largest on-shore wind farms in the world with 65 new 2.5 megawatt turbines from Siemens. That's enough juice to power almost 50,000 homes for a year.
  • As AWS works to source to 100% sustainable energy, we've teamed up with AWS to offset our server usage with RECs. We've zeroed out all 442 megawatt hours of AWS electricity that Mapbox consumed in 2014 and will repeat the process annually.

Our travel

We provide public transportation subsidies, and our offices are centrally located in livable, walkable areas to keep commutes as short as possible. Mapbox loves bicycles – our facilities have built-in, secure bike parking, and we've lined up discounts at local bike shops.

Because our team is global, we also fly a lot for events and project sprints. Every flight has huge environmental costs – flying one team member from Washington, DC to San Francisco generates 0.62 tons of CO2, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization. We've offset our flights stretching back to January 1, 2014 with Climate Action Reserve and Verified Carbon Standard carbon offsets, which fund afforestation in California, landfill methane capture in Maryland, and waste-to-energy projects on Michigan farms. In 2015, we offset a total of 104.6 tons of CO2 from air travel.

Our waste

In addition to basic recycling, we compost our food waste – if Penny, Plato, Linus, Benji or Roux don't get to it first.