Tour of AMD's Green Austin Lone Star Campus
Last week AMD took us on a tour of their Lone Star Campus in Austin, Texas. While they didn’t actually bring us into their labs, we did get to take a walk around their campus grounds. Built in 2008, their Austin based campus was designed to be green from the ground up. To that effect, they worked to make sure that the campus is able to use local renewable energy sources. The AMD campus is surrounded by nature and unmanicured lawns that blend in with the surrounding Texas countryside. They even used local materials, such as granite, for the building’s construction materials. When you walk through the campus, the energy feels uplifting and healthy, and overall very non-traditional and very non-corporate like.
While building the campus, AMD partnered with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center so that they could find and save plants and trees that were native to the area which would be potentially overrun by the campus. Together they saved this vegetation and was able to replant it at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
The campus has also been built with a special rainwater harvesting system that is able to collect rainfall from roof surfaces. All of this water is collected and stored in two massive underground tanks and used to help supplement the portable water used in the campus’ energy-efficient cooling system. All of this has enabled the campus to become LEED gold certified. To top it all off, AMD is even planning on adding three electric vehicle charging stations on to the campus.
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Please note, that in accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that AMD has covered my travel, accommodations and costs related to my visit to their Austin-based offices.