Tesla Motors is ready to change everything. Not since the silver rush has Nevada seen such a boon and headlines like ‘biggest green building on Earth,’ ‘powered by renewable energy,’ and ‘$30,000 electric car,’ are busily turning heads just hours into the northern Nevadan desert. Tesla Motors, according to a Green Car Reports article, is slightly ahead of schedule on their massive battery factory, which by the companies press will produce enough batteries for 500,000 electric cars per year, and be powered entirely by renewable energy. Occupying nearly 1,000 acres, the Gigafactory will span 5 million square feet once finished. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk claims it will be larger than all lithium-ion battery plants in the world combined. By sourcing North American raw materials to cut pollution and including as many recyclable and renewable building materials during construction, Tesla is taking every step to pave the way to sustainable practices for companies to follow. ‘Born out necessity, Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation. To achieve that goal, we must produce electric vehicles in sufficient volume to force change in the automobile industry.’ (teslamotors.com)
Whether in the form of the products we use, the factories that assemble them or even the materials used to build the factory itself—companies like Apple, Tesla Motors and others around the nation are leading by example with facilities and/or products for a greener tomorrow. Cultural change will come from everyone choosing to make a difference and whether working at a net zero energy facility, driving an electric car or making the effort to use green building materials
today, can help spur that change for tomorrow.