Facebook scored high marks in a recent report on the “green Internet” by Greenpeace, as the environmental organization called out the social network’s transparency on environmental issues, its usage of renewable energy at its data centers, and its creation of the Open Compute Project.
Renewable energy is in the wind at Facebook, as the social network announced that when its data center in Altoona, Iowa, begins serving traffic in early 2015, the facility will be fully powered by a new wind energy project in nearby Wellsburg.
HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, is now the default for all Facebook users, putting the wraps on a process the social network started last November, Software Engineer Scott Renfro announced in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.
Facebook’s expansion of its data center in Prineville, Ore., has rendered the third-party data-center space it leases in the Santa Clara and San Jose, Calif., market unnecessary, so the social network is seeking tenants to sublease portions of that space, Data Center Knowledge reported.
Facebook has chronicled its efforts to monitor water and energy usage at its data center in Prineville, Ore., and the social network recently focused its energy on wind energy, donating $15,000 toward KidWind Challenge Oregon, a contest in which students contributed designs for wind turbines.