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QTS Sustainability


Efficiency strategy that utilizes reused and recycled materials, maximizes water conservation and improves energy savings.


At QTS, we understand that being a good environmental steward takes much more than just a simple initiative. That’s why we have focused our efforts on developing a company-wide approach – one that utilizes reused and recycled materials, maximizes water conservation and improves energy savings.

Our initiatives:

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QTS is committed to minimizing the data center carbon imprint and utilizing as much renewable fuel as possible by implementing a 3-pronged sustainability approach.

QTS Data Centers Building Recycle

1. Develop and Recycle Buildings

Part of our data center sustainability strategy is reusing brownfield properties and transforming them into state-of-the-art data centers. In addition, our development and recycling efforts have included:

  • The reuse or recycling of over 18 million pounds of industrial materials as part of our development process
  • LEED certification at two QTS data centers; QTS Atlanta-Metro Phase II and QTS Richmond Data Center 1
  • Our Dallas-Fort Worth facility was designed to LEED standards
QTS Data Centers Water Conservation

2. Water Conservation

With a large data center comes a big roof that is capable of harvesting rainwater. We collect millions of gallons of water using a harvesting system on a portion of the roof. In addition to our collected rainwater, our water conservation efforts include:

  • Outside air used to reduce cooling load when possible
  • Water-side economizers
  • Reuse of water from humidifiers and sand filters
  • Recycled more than 28 million gallons of water
  • Water efficient fixtures used throughout our facilities
QTS Data Centers Energy Efficiency

3. Energy Efficiency

As a data center provider, cooling is a critical part of our job and is approximately 30% of the electricity load at the data center. To help reduce our footprint and combat this high percentage of electricity, QTS has implemented the following:

  • Energy Star Program in all facilities
  • Blanking panels save more than 4 million kWh annually (Standardized use in all facilities)
  • Active patent pending with the US Patent Office for air cooling design
  • Variable Frequency Drives lower fan speeds to make CRAC run efficiently
  • Time and motion sensors and use of energy efficient lighting
  • Annual participation in the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps program

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With the data center world evolving rapidly, QTS is committed to providing hardened, redundant infrastructure, flexible, scalable solutions and unceasing service and support.


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