First Data Center Joins Green Building Council

First Data Center Joins Green Building Council, California's first and only solar-powered hosting company announced today that they are the first and only public data center member of the U.S. Green Building Council. The company's next step is to obtain LEED certification from the Council for the existing building.

The USGBC is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry, working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. The USGBC has established a green building rating system known as LEED, which is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. To achieve LEED certification, a building must earn LEED credits through using environmentally friendly products in construction and renovation.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, no other U.S. public data center is currently a member. also strives to be one of the first LEED certified public data centers for web hosting. has already taken many steps in being environmentally friendly, but wants to go the extra mile to obtain LEED for Existing Buildings certification.

"We are doing everything we can do to be totally responsible and being the industry leader in environmental web hosting," said Phil Nail, technology manager for "Our data center is going to receive additional green enhancements, such as installing new carpeting made from recycled content, replacing all of our Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs with LED lighting, installing an underground grey water tank which will water our outdoor landscaping and more.", which has offered web hosting since 1997, has adopted an array of environmental sustainability goals. The company is 100 percent solar-powered, and was featured in Inc. Magazine's list of "Top 50 Green Companies."