Posted On: Mar 31, 2022

AWS introduced the Sustainability Pillar during re:Invent 2021 to help customers minimize the environmental impacts of running cloud workloads. Today, the Sustainability Pillar is available for customers to use during workload reviews in the AWS Well-Architected Tool, a central place for cloud architecture best practices and guidance. The Sustainability Pillar is designed to help CTOs, architects, developers, and operations team members contribute to an increasing number of sustainability targets set by their organizations.

The practice of sustainability involves understanding the impacts of the services used, quantifying impacts through the entire workload lifecycle, and applying design principles and best practices to reduce these impacts. Review your cloud architecture using the Sustainability Pillar in the AWS Well-Architected Tool to learn and measure energy consumption and the environmental impacts of your cloud workloads. After you have completed a review, the tool provides an improvement plan with direct actions to reduce resource usage and increase efficiency. Review your workloads periodically using the Sustainability Pillar to make informed decisions in balancing security, cost, performance, reliability, and operational excellence with sustainability outcomes for your cloud workloads.

The Sustainability Pillar is available to customers and AWS Partners at no additional charge in the AWS Management Console and is offered in all Regions where the AWS Well-Architected Tool is available. To learn more about the AWS Well-Architected Tool, visit the Documentation and Product Page. To engage with an AWS Well-Architected Partner visit the AWS Partner Solution Finder.