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December 19, 2014

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Apple shows off new Nevada facilities and efforts to shrink carbon footprint

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Employees wear green shirts near Apple’s familiar logo displayed with a green leaf at the Apple Store timed to coincide with an annual celebration of Earth Day in Sydney, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Wired got a tour of Apple's new solar field in Yerrington and data center in Sparks.

Apple is close to its goal of powering all its facilities 100 percent by renewable energy. Its corporate campuses and data centers are now at 94 percent renewable and rising. (In 2010 it was 35 percent.) The next step is to extend the efforts to its retail stores.

In this accounting, Apple does not include the manufacturing, transport, and use of its actual products, which accounts for 98 percent of its carbon footprint. Still, its accomplishment on facilities, particularly data centers, is significant.

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