Celebrating Earth Day With Three MongoDB Customers

Adam Hughes

Every April 22nd, citizens across the globe come together to celebrate the environmental movement on Earth Day.

This year’s official theme is "Invest in our Planet." According to the Earth Day organization, “for Earth Day 2022, we need to act (boldly), innovate (broadly), and implement (equitably). It’s going to take all of us. All in. Businesses, governments, and citizens — everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable. A partnership for the planet.”

On this important day, we’re highlighting three MongoDB customers that have taken great strides to make a positive impact on our environment. They are shining examples of the power of MongoDB and what it means to be eco-friendly.

University of Bremen

At Germany’s University of Bremen, the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) initiative Farbige Zustände is a cross-disciplinary effort to reinvent an entire field of research: the discovery of new materials.

“It’s not just harder, lighter, strong materials,” Dr. Nils Ellendt, CEO of the CRC, says. “It’s finding materials that need less refining, that are more compatible with a sustainable environment. How few elements can we use, not how many.”

When the CRC first planned its data infrastructure, the company looked at standard structured databases, but it quickly realized that the datasets researchers would be using were quite heterogeneous and better suited to unstructured database techniques. That’s where MongoDB came in.

MongoDB proved it could handle unstructured data at scale, so the CRC built its entire testing process around it. Soon after, the company determined that MongoDB was well suited for its unique approach.

The Centre has its sights on pioneering a complete revolution in materials science, not simply in the creation of a massive new catalog of potential engineering materials, but also in pioneering data and automation in creative engineering.

Read our full profile of the CRC “Farbige Zustände.”

Journey Foods

Journey Foods is a machine learning–powered software platform for food companies, designed to revolutionize the future of food. Just a few years after its launch, Journey Foods has raised more than $2.5 million from investors and partnered with global consortiums such as Future Food Network, FoodTank, and the University of Chicago on sustainability and data.

“We are trying to focus on developing our service to accurately provide nutrition insights, sustainability insights, and help save our customers money,” said Riana Lynn, CEO. “We are prioritizing partnerships that will help us build out a big and dynamic ecosystem.”

Lynn said the company chose MongoDB because of its seamless user experience, ease of scalability, and recommendations from other companies. She cited the consistent and always available support and follow-up from MongoDB; because of that, her developers appreciate how easy it is to use the platform, and to share and collaborate on different projects.

Read our full interview with Journey Foods’ CEO.

Kode Labs

The commercial and real estate markets are being transformed by new technologies that reduce the carbon footprint of these energy-intensive businesses. Kode Labs was born because its founders recognized the importance of sustainable buildings, and how they rely on advanced software to achieve LEED and other sustainability certifications.

Kode Labs launched in 2017 to provide intuitive, easy-to-use software for building management that enables sustainability, operations efficiency, and comfort. The company uses MongoDB Atlas for a fully managed database that allows it to effortlessly deploy new projects, infrastructure components, and more when starting to work with a new client or building out further projects with an existing one.

“Everyone wants to be more energy efficient, healthier, and have modern places to live and work,” says Etrit Demaj, co-founder of Kode Labs. With MongoDB Atlas, "we help building managers and construction firms deliver on these growing expectations.”

Read more about Kode Labs’ mission to support sustainable buildings.