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Bluebird Underground in Springfield is participating in the corporate program.

Bluebird Network sets goal of net-zero carbon emissions

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Columbia-based Bluebird Network, which operates a data center in Springfield Underground, pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Todd Murren, general manager of Bluebird Underground in Springfield, said local efforts are underway as part of the companywide goal.

The Springfield data center, for example, has established a closed-loop water system, adopted LED lighting and implemented hot air return systems to improve cooling efficiencies, Murren said via email. An electronic recycling, reuse and refurbish program is in the works, and the company plans to bring in a third party to address progress.

“As a communications infrastructure provider and colocation data center operator, we’re assuming our responsibility and taking action to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Elliott Gillespie, vice president of operations at Bluebird Network, in a news release. “We have always prioritized energy efficiency, but now we are taking a step further to ensure we’re doing our part to protect the environment and help our customers and partners do the same.”

Bluebird has determined the greenhouse gas generated by its facilities to establish a carbon net-zero plan, officials say.

Bluebird Network took over the former SpringNet Underground space in Springfield Underground in 2014. The company invested $8.4 million to buy the assets from City Utilities of Springfield, according to past reporting.

Bluebird Underground offers data center suites, colocation cages and colocation racks to allow clients to house their networks, according to the company’s website.

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