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Zappos Installs Solar Panels

Here comes the sun! - and Zappos is taking full advantage of the more than 300 sunny days a year in Las Vegas to generate clean electricity using new photovoltaic solar panels. For the first time in company history, Zappos installed 66 280-Watt solar panels creating an 18.48 kW solar array on the roof of our Z-Bistro

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Las Vegas is known as a solar hot spot with excellent solar radiation. The deserts around Las Vegas are home to some of the world’s largest solar arrays including the 64 MW Nevada Solar One power plant and the 390 MW Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. Additionally, many Las Vegas residents are adding small solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems to the rooftops of their homes. That rocks!

The 18.48 kW Zappos Bistro solar project might be small in comparison to the ones mentioned above, but it’s our first step towards clean, renewable energy while our sustainability team researches larger solar installations. We certainly are proud parents!

Check out this sweet time-lapse video of the installation filmed by the awesomely talented Zappos A/V team.

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Zappos Garage Lighting Retrofit

Here’s a story to brighten your day! ;) On May 29th, we completed a retrofit of the Zappos South Garage’s lighting by replacing the old, yellow high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures with bright white, energy-efficient induction lighting fixtures. The Zappos garage is quite large and offers parking for more than 600 cars.

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Garage lighting retrofit projects are the ultimate low-hanging fruit in the sustainability world. In addition to providing superior illumination, the Zappos retrofit is projected to reduce the annual energy consumption of the garage by two thirds! That’s 323,000 kWh/year; the equivalent of roughly 25 homes and a reduction of 223 metric tons of CO2e emissions.

Induction lighting is really cool and dates back more than a century to when Nikola Tesla advanced the technology in the 1890s. Induction is unique because the power required to generate light is transferred from outside the lamp envelope to the gas inside via an electric or magnetic field. Benefits of induction include long life spans, low heat output and excellent color. The Zappos induction lamps are even more advanced. The lamps have two brightness levels, dimming controls, daylight sensors and occupancy sensors – reducing the “ON” hours and saving even more energy!

Check out more awesome news from LEAF at Zappos.com/LEED, Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: @Zappos_leaf       

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Zappos Makes FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For ® List!

Zappos.com is thrilled to have made the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For ® list for the 6th year in a row! 

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Thank you FORTUNE for recognizing Zappos alongside the best workplaces in the country. 

We're thankful and humbled by our employees who work every day to make this recognition a possibility and we look forward to maintaining this standard employment throughout the year.  

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In honor of our 38th place on the top 100 list, we're starting the day right here in DTLV, with donuts of course! 

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Introducing: The New Z-Bistro

Hi everyone! Zappos L.E.A.F. is psyched to introduce you to our brand new “Z-Bistro”! It’s a great addition to our LEED-certified (pending) campus and fits well with our overall sustainability initiatives. To start, we renovated one of Clark County’s oldest libraries into this stunning new employee dining room we call the Z-Bistro.

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We preserved and refurbished the old concrete floors and wooden ceiling trusses to create an awesome, eye-catching exposed floor and ceiling. We cozied up a traditional looking dining room with comfortable furniture, a reading lounge and warm color tones. When it’s nice outside, Zapponians can hang out on the lighted outdoor patio and enjoy the beautiful desert weather.

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In an effort to be more sustainable, we implemented numerous initiatives aimed at reducing waste and water consumption. We have washable plates, cups, and utensils that can be washed over and over again in our water efficient dishwasher (a change from our last campus dining room) and for meals “to-go” we provide 100% compostable utensils, cups, plates and bowls.

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To reduce waste we have single-use napkin dispensers, bulk condiment dispensers and we went trayless to reduce food waste (even though we would have loved to use the trays for sand dune sledding!). We continue to compost our food scraps with a local composter, keeping tons of food scraps out of the landfill by repurposing them for tasty mulch. Most importantly, the new Z-Bistro has transitioned toward healthier and seasonal offerings, including fresh local ingredients; we even started growing herbs in our own backyard herb garden!

These are just some of the awesome features of our new Z-Bistro. We’ll be sharing more updates soon about the sustainable features of the entire downtown campus, so please stay tuned!

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Power up! Zappos Supports Electric Vehicles

On June 14, four electric vehicle charging stations officially came online for usage by our employees and guests in the south garage of Zappos’ new LEED® Gold (pending) downtown campus!

As electric vehicles (EVs) have steadily gained popularity over the years, installing these stations was a perfect opportunity to encourage our employees to commute to work in a more eco-friendly manner. Although the big move downtown to the campus is still more than a month away, the chargers have already been put to good use; one of our friends in IT department has been plugging in his Nissan Leaf, while a member of the construction project management team has used the chargers for his Chevy Volt. There have even been sightings of Project 100’s Tesla Model S powering up! 

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The four charging stations are also part of Zappos’ commitment to the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, a collaborative initiative to increase the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold by 2018. This means that Zappos will soon be included in their Electric Vehicle Charging Station Location registry, which is widely considered to be the most comprehensive database of charging stations available. But the coolest part is that Zappos is currently one of only 48 companies in the country to join this forward-looking program!

As part of this partnership with the Department of Energy, we also surveyed interested Zapponians on their attitude towards electric vehicles. Results showed that 60% of respondents are considering purchasing an EV, which indicates good things for the future. Another question on the survey asked what they thought about the installation of the four chargers – only 2% considered them a waste of a parking space, while an amazing 55% of saw it as the right thing to do and thought more should be installed.

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This all ties in to Zappos’ commitment to a healthier, more livable downtown Las Vegas. Currently, our fleet of vehicles has a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered minivan and moving forward, we’re looking to replace our existing fleet with electric vehicles, as well as hybrids and additional CNG vehicles.

Check out more awesome news from LEAF on Twitter: @ZapposLEAF and on Instagram: #zappos_leaf

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Happy Hour with Chinese Laundry & Miss Universe Competition® Contestants

A couple of weeks ago, our friends from Chinese Laundry threw us one of the most memorable Happy Hours to date. As the official sponsor of the Miss Universe Competition® 2012, they brought all of this year’s contestants to tour our headquarters and cut loose with the Zappos Family.

There was karaoke, drinks, spin-the-wheel for prizes, and a photo booth to show off all of our goofy sides! And of course, it wouldn't be a Zappos party without some impromptu dancing! Everyone had a blast, including the lovely contestants!

Be sure to watch the Miss Universe Competition® LIVE from Las Vegas tonight on NBC, 8/7 Central.

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NEW Space-Age Chairs for the Zappos Campus!

We’re rolling out (literally!) our new, state-of-the-art office chairs here in the Zappos Campus and we’ve made a little infomercial to show off its mind-blowing features. Ergonomics have never been so cool!

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Another Zappos Family Birthday Prank!

Mauricio’s team is at it again this year! You may remember the awesome prank that his team lovingly played on his birthday last year. Well, this time, the birthday “surprise” is more elaborate and involved an even bigger mess!

This is why it’s probably best to stay home on your birthday… IF you happen to work at Zappos.com! ;)