Sustainable Facilities

The Marvell community takes an active role in practicing sustainability and developing innovative, low-power technologies.

Sustainable Facilities

Clean, Green Operations

Our construction and facility operations adhere to environmental best practices intended to improve energy savings and water efficiency while reducing CO2 emissions. Our sustainable buildings leverage recycled and nontoxic materials that reduce the impact on the local environment and provide a healthy indoor environment for our employees.

The operations and management of our sustainable facilities are designed to reduce our ecological footprint and include the following features:

A Comfortable, Productive, and Healthy Indoor Workplace

  • Regularly monitoring and improving CO2 levels.
  • Indoor air quality testing.
  • Using low-VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives.
  • Conducting routine HVAC maintenance.

Energy Efficiency and GHG Emission Reduction

  • Monitoring and reducing energy use.
  • Measuring and comparing our energy performance against industry peers.
  • Implementing energy-saving plans.

Water Conservation

  • Monitoring and reducing water use.
  • Measuring and comparing our water-conservation performance against industry peers.
  • Using recycled water for landscaping.
  • Implementing water-saving plans.

Sustainable and Healthy Transport Options

  • Providing secure bike lockers and an on-site shower facility for bicycling employees.
  • Conducting ride-share and carpool programs.
  • Subsidizing public transport.

Recycling Office Waste

  • Reducing paper waste by printing double-sided and digital reading whenever practical.
  • Recycling paper, cardboard, containers, and food waste.
  • Diverting waste from landfills.
  • Safely disposing of fluorescent tubes, batteries, toner cartridges, and mobile phones.

Green Cleaning Services

  • Using natural, solvent-free and hydrocarbon-free cleaning products.

Purchasing and Managing Smart Office Electronics

  • Purchasing only EnergyStar computers, photo copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines.
  • Emphasizing video teleconferencing instead of travel.
  • Enabling sleep mode in all electronics equipment.

Purchasing Paper and Consumables

  • Using postconsumer recycled paper and buying from local manufacturers.
  • Using remanufactured or refilled toner cartridges for printers and copiers.

Lighting and HVAC Management

  • Implementing an integrated building automation system.
  • Regularly checking and fine-tuning all lighting controls.
  • Regularly checking and fine-tuning HVAC thermostat settings to be consistent with outdoor conditions and occupancy loads.
  • Using temperature sensors and timers and/or occupancy sensors to optimize energy performance.

Electronic-Waste Management

  • Meeting all federal and state regulations and committing to Basel Ban Amendments which dictate that hazardous e-waste will not be incinerated, be placed into solid-waste landfills or be exported to other places.
  • Repurposing and/or reselling usable equipment and recycling only the electronic equipment that has reached the end of a useful life and/or is uneconomical to repair.

Our sustainable facilities design and construction features:


  • General offices: efficient fluorescent electronic ballast and LED (< 1 W/sf).
  • Special-purpose lighting: compact fluorescent and LED.
  • Lighting controls: comprehensive occupancy-based lighting-control system with appropriate zoning, sensors and daylight linking.

Floor finishes

  • Retaining existing floor finishes whenever functional.
  • Carpet: using low-VOC, modular, reconditioned or high-recycled-content.
  • Timber: using high-recycled-content, FSC-certified fast-growing bamboo.
  • Using eco-preferable linoleum.

Walls and Ceilings

  • Minimizing additional new walls, using open-plan design.
  • If wall is needed, using reusable wall systems, high-recycled-content wall linings.
  • Minimizing additional new ceilings and, if needed, using modular eco-preferable ceiling materials.

Doors, Built-in Furniture, Kitchenettes

  • Reusing existing material as much as possible and, if needed, using recycled or FSC-certified or fast-growth plantation material.
  • Using low-emission composite timber, laminates, finishes and glues.

General Office Furniture

  • Reusing existing workstation partitions, chairs, tables, cabinets and shelving as much as possible.
  • Buying eco-preferable products.

Kitchen Fittings and Appliances

  • Using water-efficient fixtures.
  • Using EnergyStar appliances.

Paints, Sealants and Adhesives

  • Using natural and/or plant-based materials.
  • Using low-VOC materials.

Bathrooms, Showerheads and Toilets

  • Using water-efficient fixtures.

Demolition and Construction Waste Management

  • Reusing onsite materials whenever it is practical.
  • Maximizing diversion of construction waste for landfill.

Commitment to Reduce Electricity Usage

Marvell continuously strives to find ways to reduce its electricity usage. Between calendar years 2008 and 2011, Marvell was able to reduce its overall electricity usage by 17 percent. When calculated as an intensity rating (mTons of CO2 per full-time employee), Marvell saw a reduction of 37 percent over this time period. The following table sets forth the calculation to determine the intensity rating:

Year Metric tons CO2e No. of Employees Intensity Rating
2008 38,367 5,569 6.89
2009 36,262 5,212 6.96
2010 29,015 5,808 5.00
2011 31,665 6,931 4.37

Marvell’s goal for calendar years 2012 through 2014 is to continue to reduce electricity usage by an additional 5 percent, to an intensity rating of 4.15.