Apple's soon-to-be headquarters in Cupertino, California, has received a lot of attention for looking like a spaceship. No, it won't fly, but it will be the "greenest building on the planet," Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday at a Climate Week NYC event. What exactly does that mean? Apple claims that it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, with "one of the largest onsite corporate solar energy installations in the world." Apple is also planting trees — 6,000 of them to complement the 1,000 that are already planted on the site. There will also be 300 electric vehicle charging stations, just in case Apple employees feel like spending their salaries on new Teslas. Cook was in New York City ahead of the U.N. Climate Summit, where President Barack Obama and more than 100 other world leaders will meet to discuss strategies to address climate change. While Apple's data centers and new campus have been lauded for being environmentally friendly, the company has faced criticism over reported environmental violations in the factories that build its products.
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