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Global Green ICT Update: Americas

Updates from the Americas (ex-US). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.

2014

The DatacenterDynamics Awards for Europe-Middle East-Africa, Asia-Pacific, and North America all feature a Green Data Center category and we've drawn from the winners for posts over the years. The Latin American and Brazilian awards do not have this category. Does this reflect the lack of Green ICT progress in the region? We've reached out to the DatacenterDynamics folks about why no Green Data Center awards for region.

Cited in Drake University Magazine

We were cited in Drake University's May 2014 Think Mag article Feeling Lucky? Google is redefining sustainability one click at a time.

Technologies for the Future of Green ICT

There is a rich global mix of advanced concepts and technologies emerging from research labs that may improve the future sustainability of ICT equipment and infrastructures. We'll regularly update this post with technologies to watch. (You can see all the technologies which hold the promise of greener ICT in the future by clicking the 'FutureTech' tag, above.) Our latest posts span research into multiferroic materials to reduce device waste heat to new software to make cloud computing more efficient. (And don't miss research into using human urine to power a mobile device.)

Data Centers Not Largest Locus of ICT Energy or Emissions

Most Green ICT attention focuses on the datacenter. Five years of work consistently holds that datacenters represent a minority of total ICT energy consumption and carbon emissions.

How Brown is the Cloud? Consumer Mega Datacenters Mixed on Renewable Energy

Mobile devices and web services are growing cloud computing at a dizzying pace. How clean are these clouds? We've been tracking this issue since 2010. Here are our latest updates.

Mobile Devices Are Driving the Cloud's Growth

Mobile devices replace the storage capacity and I/O options laptops with a host of cloud services. We first saw this when iPhone users began placing unprecedented demands on the cloud in 2009. Statistics compiled since then reveal the the amazing growth and scope of this demand. This only increases the urgency for cloud providers go green.

Facility Lighting Is An Energy Reduction Target

Equipment and cooling are the two big targets for reducing energy consumption in ICT facilities. Operators who really want to drive PUE have to look at all areas of consumption and facility lighting is no exception. Lighting consumes energy directly and produces ambient heat that also increases the cooling load. Here's a look at what facility designers and operators are doing.

E-Waste Goes A Long Way Back

An incident 30 years ago illustrates that e-waste is not a new problem. Atarihad millions of unsold cartridges of Pac-Man, E.T., and other games to dispose of. Here's what the company supposedly did back then and how various efforts are are elevating the dump site to mythic status. We keep updating this post - this is a story that will not die!

Update - And die it did not!. Here is a video of announcing the April 2014 uncovering of Atari's long-buried e-waste.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

Looking for the greenest television set? We've had to sort through a complex set of resources in the past to help you buy that green TV. EPEAT added televisions to its equipment registry in early 2013. We had anticipated this would bring some clarity to this category, but manufacturers do not appear to be embracing it. There are only 120+ television monitors registered at any level, compared with 660+ computer monitors.

Finding the Greenest Printers

Four manufactures offer almost 70 EPEAT Gold models in the United States. This is a huge improvement over a year ago.

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