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AMD Executive Perspective: The AMD Women's Forum
Deb Nations, AMD's Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, shares her insights on the importance of women to the technology industry and AMD's efforts to foster gender diversity through the Women's Forum.
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Greening the Cloud
The insatiable demand for digital information coupled with the need to reduce energy costs and protect our environment is revolutionizing data center operations around the world. These trends have led AMD on a quest to enable more energy efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sustainable data centers while helping to meet the rapidly growing global appetite for digital data.
Driven by AMD's External Research Office, AMD will create a distributed network of containerized data centers (such as HP's energy efficient Performance Optimized Datacenter (POD) products) that are powered by carbon-free renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
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The Grass Roots of Environmental Excellence
AMD employees are vital partners in our commitment to environmental excellence. With more than 1,500 AMDers from 6 countries registered in our international award-winning employee conservation program – Go Green – AMD has a formidable force to help improve the environment in the communities where we live and work.
The Go Green initiative grew out of a commuter benefits program at our Austin, TX facility dating back to 2001, and in 2010 expanded globally and embraced environmental issues beyond commuting. Today, our Go Green program embodies a lifestyle approach to conservation encompassing work, commuting and home.
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Corporate Responsibility Update – Fall 2011
"…I like to think that a lot of managers and executives trying to solve problems miss the forest for the trees by forgetting to look at their people -- not at how much more they can get from their people or how they can more effectively manage their people. I think they need to look a little more closely at what it's like for their people to come to work there every day."
– Gordon Bethune, former CEO and Chairman of Continental Airlines
Director's Letter - How Sustainability is Driving Employee Engagement and the Bottom Line
It's a broadly accepted fact that engaged employees are a major benefit to businesses of all types. The Gallup organization dubbed employee engagement "a leading indicator of financial performance" and backed it up with research showing that "engaged organizations have 3.9 times the earnings per share (EPS) growth rate compared to organizations with lower engagement in the same industry." Great statistics, but what does this have to do with sustainability? » Read Tim Mohin's full article
The Deep Dive – Protecting Open Space
AMD recently concluded the last in a series of grants totaling three million dollars to preserve open space in Central Texas. This commitment dates back to 2005 when AMD announced construction of our new LEED® gold certified campus in Austin, Texas. AMD and several community stakeholders were concerned about the impacts of the construction on the local environment. This led to a design that built on 20% less space than allowed by zoning, protected existing habitats and restored disturbed areas with 100% native plants.
AMD partnered with a leading local non-profit land trust, the Hill Country Conservancy (HCC), a group that works with local land owners and government agencies to preserve open space. HCC establishes conservation easements that limit the development rights and preserve significant and sensitive properties in their natural state.
"AMD's generous support of Hill Country Conservancy's "Vast Open Spaces" mission has made it possible to preserve these sensitive lands and conservation values in perpetuity. The citizens of Central Texas are ultimately the beneficiary of this extraordinary contribution to conservation by AMD", said George Cofer, Executive Director of the Hill Country Conservancy.
In addition to preserving sensitive landscapes, AMD contributions have helped create a regional trail system and supported other conservation efforts in central Texas including:
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- $750,000 to purchase the "rim around the canyon", a strategic 44-acre parcel surrounding 3 sides of the Westcave Preserve canyon and waterfall.
- $700,000 to the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to preserve 289 acres of the Edward's aquifer recharge zone and to the Texas Heritage Land Fund to complete 2 conservation projects on the Texas coast totaling 996 acres.
- $100,000 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to help restore native prairie and savanna landscapes along a 1-mile public trail.
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