The LEEDiest Data Centers

For Earth Day 2010, we're looking at the progress of the data center industry in adopting the LEED standard, including the upper tiers of the rating system. Here's a list of the exclusive club of data centers that have earned LEED Platinum status.

The Citi Data Center in Frankfurt features a "green wall" featuring plants that are irrigated with recycled water.

For Earth Day 2010, we're looking at the progress of the data center industry in adopting the LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard for energy efficient buildings overseen by the US Green Building Council. Although the LEED program was not designed with data centers in mind, the industry's leading builders are rapidly adapting to the requirements of the LEED standard, including the higher tiers of its rating system. The top tier is LEED Platinum, which remains a fairly exclusive club. We've identified seven of these facilities, which we revisit in our illustrated guide to LEED Platinum data centers.

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