Tech companies are cleaning up their data centers and building shiny new buildings that sip water and energy. But are they really as green as they claim to be? How do we know if they are greenwashing? Many tech and industrial companies issued statements in support of the Paris climate agreement, but will they spend energy supporting something so distant from their daily operations and bottom line?
Sustainability officers also deal with other issues such as building housing near jobs, getting people to those jobs in something other than a single-occupant vehicle, and the carbon impacts of all the food served in their sumptuous company cafes. Is all that infusing sustainable lifestyles into American culture? What other social issues are firing up tech companies in this new political context?