Computerworld's The 5 quickest returns on your green investment is a quick summary of where to find what Gartner characterizes as "low hanging fruit" and "fat". Despite the mixed metaphor, statistics and case study references make this more useful than many summary articles.
Vertatique has been tracking the Climate Savers initiative over the past year and I'm pleased to see its site continue to grow in value. They now offer a robust set of free software applications to help individuals and enterprises tune the power settings of their equipment. I'll report on these tools as I try them out.
Cisco Systems will be contributing to advancing Green ICT awareness with a webinar titled "Energy Efficiency in the Data Center" beginning 21 August. Planned topics include data center design, energy metrics, and perspectives from both IT and facilities specialists. You can see an 3 minute preview on YouTube now, then register for the full 60 minute version. Cisco has invited me to preview the full program; I'll add my review as a comment to this post as soon as I do.
I've previously covered the emerging use of corn-based plastics in e-devices. Now, in its coverage of a new phone using corn bioplastics, The New York Times offers this critique:
"Unfortunately Samsung’s new cellphone relies on a flawed equation:
National Geographic's "High Tech Trash" is loaded with everything from an interactive toxic tour of a computer to an e-waste quiz to stats like ". . . in the U.S. [in 2005], between 1.5 and 1.9 million tons of computers, TVs, VCRs, monitors, cell phones, and other equipment were discarded. If all sources of electronic waste are tallied, it could total 50 million tons a year worldwide . . ." The Photo Gallery tells the story most powerfully - check it out!
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative represents the cutting, if not controversial, edge of green e-device design. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has published an interview with OLPC's CTO Mary Lou Jepsen, which is a insightful must-read for anyone interested is sustainable e-device design.
ICT infrastructures for telework are a key component of a green computing strategy, reducing both local commuting and long-distance travel costs and carbon. A Harvard Business Review Editor's Blog post, "The Telecommuting Imperative", takes on executive reluctance to advance telework. Among other motivations cited for moving more aggressively:
The EPA Report to Congress on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency found that "The peak load on the power grid from these servers and data centers is currently estimated to be approximately 7 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to the output of about 15 baseload power plants and "power failures and limits on power availability will interrupt data center operations at more than 90 percent of all companies over the next five years." This was written in August 2007:
The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ now has a LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance component. Points are awarded for a number of e-green practices, including telecommuting and sustainable purchases of IT and media electronics. Use of EPEAT-rated computers and monitors is specifically noted as "exemplary performance".
Organizations assessing the value of e-green now have another factor to consider: employee recruiting and retention. The latest Adecco USA Workplace Insight survey found "American workers are paying growing attention to companies’ environmental policies and an increasing number (36 percent) report that they would be more inclined to work for ”green” companies." The report continues: