“Water positive” may be the new “net zero.”
As companies face historic drought, rising temperatures and catastrophic wildfires, they’re also making pledges to conserve and return more water to the environment than they consume.
Last week, Facebook vowed to become “water positive” by 2030, a hefty pledge considering the company’s fleet of thirsty data centers. The effort includes everything from planting trees in California to recharging storage in rivers suffering from a historic drought, ensuring data centers are efficiently using water, and restoring degraded wetlands.
Sylvia Lee, the water sustainability lead at Facebook, said in an interview that the tech giant’s efforts are paying off, noting that Facebook has restored nearly as much water as it consumed in watersheds where it operates. Specifically, Facebook has consumed 2.3 million cubic meters last year and restored 2.2 million cubic meters. The company…