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Laptops: The Green Choice

A PC Today magazine article advocates choosing laptops over desktops:

1.  Smaller form factor means lower impact on both the manufacturing and recycling end of the lifecycle.

2.  Battery life issues force a low energy consumption design: ~50% less than a desktop.

3.  Many laptops comply with European standards for the reduction of hazardous substances (RoHS) and recycling (WEEE).

Interesting stats from the article . . .

Interop 2007

Attendees of Interop 2007 in Las Vegas this week can attend several relevant sessions within the conference's Data Center Summit track.

Public Broadcaster Becomes "Carbon Free"

The 2 May issue of TV Technology profiles KQED in San Francisco, which is looking carbon offsets short term and solar power long term to reduce its' carbon footprint. The story describes no issues particularly unique to a broadcaster, but does note that KQED offered a hemp tote bag during its most recent pledge drive when the city banned plastic grocery bags. Even a long-time staple of public broadcasting premiums can adapt to the times . . .

Energy-Efficient IT Virtual Tradeshow

Sustainable computing is getting enough traction in the IT community that commercial information providers are getting involved. Ziff-Davis is offering this online event: http://presentations.inxpo.com/Shows/ZiffDavisEnterprise/VTS/04-24-07/We...

Green Packaging for Media

We first addressed the issue of more sustainable packaging for media over four years ago - you can read the original post below. A couple of years later, we looked at Fox's work to determine the carbon footprint of a DVD. A host of innovative packaging options have sprung up since, well illustrated by NBC/Universal.

Packaging tactics from the Green is Universal website include:

Sustainable Film Production

Hollywood continues to move toward sustainability, although progress in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions during the actual production/distribution cycle is slow. Neither of the two most popular approaches address industry-specific practices . . .

Linux as a Green Computing Tool?

Linux, which can often run on hardware what is under-powered for the new versions of Windows, is being touted as a way to extend the life of older machines and thus avoid both the impact of disposing of them as well as manufacturing new ones. Google searches of relevant keywords will turn up dozens of sites addressing everything from home users converting old PCs to corporate users configuring thin-clients for enterprise networks.

Virtual Worlds Leave a Real World Carbon Footprint

A video posted on Vertatique raised the issue of energy consumed by Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG or MMO) like Second Life. Some of the assertions based on impact calculations may surprise you.

10 Simple Steps to a Green Data Center

This is the title of a presentation by Dave Douglas, the vice president of eco-responsibility at Sun Microsystems, based on experience at Sun's Broomfield CO data center. View the slideshow as published by CIO Insight.

Guidelines for Energy-Effiecient Data Centers

This is the title of a recently-released white paper from The Green Grid initiative. The paper provides a good overview of some of the contemporary ideas on how to create a "green data center", has a checklist to use in planning, and discusses some heat management techniques like Closely-Coupled Cooling. View the complete white paper.

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