Areas where Facebook has data centers – Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C. — have received community action grants from the social network, and Altoona, Iowa, is next up, as the social network announced in a post on its Altoona Data Center page that the deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 15.
Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Ore., does more than simply house servers, according to an economic analysis of the facility’s impact on the region and the state commissioned by the social network and conducted by ECONorthwest.
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.