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Green Your Network Has Moved!!!
August 2, 2007, 9:55 am
Filed under: Computer hardware

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NYC Congestion Pricing…Fuggetaboutit
August 1, 2007, 11:11 am
Filed under: Computer hardware

The latest high profile debate concerning New York City legislation has surrounded Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to pass the “congestion pricing plan” for reducing automobile congestion and carbon emissions. The plan involves charging motorists an additional fee to enter the city’s most congested areas during peak times.

If you ask me, that plan is more about generating revenue than helping the city achieve a long-term solution towards congestion and pollution problems. It’s no surprise that the London-style plan fore mentioned appears to be a dead one in Albany.

The fact is that New York’s subways and buses are already at capacity, and as we prepare to add one million new residents by 2030, our existing mass transit will require improvements that will take years to put in place. If anyone wants to know what it feels like to be a human sardine, just step into any NYC subway during rush hour and see what I mean. Since the MTA has not bothered to make any subway improvements over the past 50 years, there is less than ample time now to catch up now with the rapid population growth.

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If we want to look towards Europe as an example, then let us consider Holland, where bike riding is an everyday part of life. In fact, their entire road infrastructure is designed to accommodate bicycle traffic as well as cars and pedestrians. I know this because when I was visiting Amsterdam, I made the mistake of strolling haphazardly into one of these designated cycleways, only to be greeted by an onslaught of angry cyclists who narrowly missed me as they commuted. I, like many other absent-minded tourists before, no doubt, realized that these bike paths are not to be taken lightly. They are a traffic route like any other, complete with lights, road signs and crosswalks.

Earlier this year, Paris, France introduced the world’s largest and most ambitious bike-share program. The mayor procured 20,600 bikes, which are available at 750 “docking stations” situated every 1,000 feet. With just a credit card, Parisians (and tourists) can now pick up or drop off a bike in any neighborhood in the city for a small fee. Riders no longer need to worry about where to store their bikes. The program’s high-tech stations make theft virtually impossible. And with about twice as many bike stations as Métro stops, a free bike is pretty much always within reach.

When you consider that most automobile trips in New York City are less than five miles, it’s astounding that we have not made bicycle travel more accommodating. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. As an avid cyclist myself, I find that bicycle travel is virtually impossible in the streets of New York during normal business hours, not to mention that there are few if any locations to securely lock your bike when you reach your destination. If we really want to reduce emissions and cutback on congestion, then bicycle travel needs to be embraced in NYC.

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Of course the city would need to create hundreds of designated bike lanes, but this is simply a political issue, not a financial one. This would require a comprehensive road-sharing plan for bikes as well as cars on existing city streets, and the mayor can do that without having to gain state approval. There are so many benefits to a bicycle-friendly New York that it’s hard to believe we have not embraced it sooner. Bicycling is a wonderful form of exercise; it has no carbon output, contributes to a quieter city, a better quality of life and most of all, it’s fun!!

By Joshua Levitt
E-Commerce Sales and Marketing Manager for UsedCisco.com

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GE’s “Ecomagination” Initiative
July 31, 2007, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Computer hardware

General Electric Co. on Wednesday launched the nation’s first credit card with rewards dedicated to reducing cardholders’ carbon emissions.
The new credit card is part of GE’s “ecomagination” initiative, which includes growing research in cleaner technologies to $1.5 billion in 2010 and reducing the company’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Users of the MasterCard credit card, known as GE Money Earth Rewards, will be able to automatically contribute up to 1 percent of their purchases to buy greenhouse gas emissions offsets.

Credit card “rewards” will accrue over the course of the year and can be redeemed for emissions credit each Earth Day, April 22. Customers will have the choice to donate all of their rewards or receive a portion in cash.
GE AES Greenhouse Gas Services, a joint venture between GE’s consumer financing unit and power company The AES Corp., said the offsets will be scientifically verified by a third party.

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Taken from: Business Week

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Hyper Efficient Intelligent Monitoring Products
July 26, 2007, 12:11 pm
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

Intelligent monitoring software has beautifully synchronized itself with the new push for waste reducing more efficient products. The Verdiem’s surveyor’ software monitors your basic usage patterns and reduces energy flow to your PC when it is not in use. The SmartStrip power strip intelligently cuts off power to peripheral electronics like your monitor and printer when they aren’t being utilized. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

However, the new GreenPrint technology is quite possibly the coolest intelligent monitoring device to hit the market yet. We have all printed pages off of websites emails or spread sheets that run several extra pages of waste or fine print. Not to mention the extra pages that comes through our printer with just one line of run over text. The GreenPrint software carefully monitors your print requests and eliminates unwanted pages saving paper, ink, money, and millions of trees.

Features Include:
– Patent-pending technology highlights and removes unwanted pages
– Print overview – easily decide what stays and what goes
– PDF writer – Create PDFs with 1 click
– Track pages and money saved (The average user saves $90 per year!)

Watch this informative GreenPrint demonstration released on CNBC:

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The Corporate Green Counteraction
July 26, 2007, 9:51 am
Filed under: Computer hardware

The technology industry is brimming with new green initiatives. Dell (DELL) in June announced a plan to become “the greenest technology company,” by beefing up its recycling program and building more Earth-friendly PCs. Weeks before, rival Apple (AAPL) made a similar pledge to become “greener.” Panasonic has taken the lead out of its plasma TVs. Motorola (MOT) made its cell phone chargers energy-efficient. Sun Microsystems (SUNW) has even begun posting the amount of electricity it uses in each of its office parks, by month, on the Internet.

Advocacy group Greenpeace recently released a scorecard rating the largest PC and electronics makers on their recycling, hazardous-chemical and other environmental policies. Only one, Nokia (NOK), scored an 8 out of 10.
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Going green is not easy. For one, the cost associated can be staggering. I have not seen any data indicating total amount spent on green initiatives but it is no doubt well into the billions, and growing.

The trend is encouraging to say the least, but until now there is no real data supporting a ROI for these green initiatives. Forrester Research published a report showing that 85 percent of 124 IT procurement officers surveyed thought environmental matters were important. However, despite the availability of products in the secondary market, or ones that consume less power, only one quarter of the IT managers surveyed said they had formalized “green” criteria in their processes.

I sincerely hope consumers keep up with the commitment and examples being set by environmentally conscious corporations globally through making decisions to support green companies when all other factors are equal.

Taken from: USA TODAY

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Asset Recovery on the Rise
July 24, 2007, 3:42 pm
Filed under: General Environment

In late 2000, Union Bank of California concluded that it was time to refresh its desktop PCs every four years and some IT equipment as often as every 2. This meant that 200 PCs as well as countless network hardware appliances would have to be retired every month. Unfortunately, there was no strategy in place for the task, or even a designated person or department to manage the systems.

“Until then, there was no process for disposing of PCs,” says Julie LeDuc, IT group purchasing manager at Union Bank. “Each department would do its own thing, either storing them in warehouses, saving them for contingency purposes or simply disposing of them.”

With a mandated company policy of environmental friendliness and the rumblings of the Sarbanes-Oxley and Gramm-Leach-Bliley acts, LeDuc knew the company couldn’t simply have the machines shipped to the local junkyard where anyone could harvest them for sensitive data. It was time for a corporate asset-recovery strategy to ensure that the machines were retired in a secure and eco-friendly manner.

Union Bank is ahead of the curve simply for considering a turnkey asset-recovery solution. The fact is, e-waste is a major growing concern globally, and whether or not you care, soon you will not have a choice. Legislation is already under way to make appropriate disposal od IT equipment part of the “Law”. Furthermore, if done properly, you may realize a decent return on your investment when companies bid for your used equipment for the purposes of remarketing and selling it through growing secondary market channels. There are other benefits as well, including the appropriate destruction of your proprietary and confidential data.

It can be tempting to look at asset recovery as a cost and choose the least expensive vendor as an asset-recovery partner. However, experts agree that reducing risk should be the primary criterion when devising a strategy: the risk of fines, lawsuits or damaged reputation. That’s why in large corporations, increasingly, responsibility for asset-recovery has moved beyond the department level and the IT division to the CXO level — often to the CIO, chief financial officer or even CEO. It makes sense for companies to have a centralized recovery strategy so that one department doesn’t get the entire organization in trouble with the law or the media.

There are many organizations that offer a suite of custom products and services surrounding asset recovery. Here are just a few offered by Digital Warehouse inc.

• Cash Buy-Back (Buy-back Program)
• Exchange for Newer Technology (Exchange Program)
• Straight Consignment (Consignment Program)
• Revenue Sharing (Base + Split GP) (Revenue Sharing
• Redeployment
• Donation
• Recycling
• Destruction

Whatever approach your company ends up taking to IT asset recovery, the benefits are clear: Organizations stand to gain peace of mind that the data on their retired systems won’t fall into the wrong hands, can realize a higher ROI on their hardware investments and will get a jump start on forthcoming e-waste legislation. The environmental benefits are green icing on the cake.

Taken from: ComputerWorld.com

For a comprehensive list of companies who have IT Asset Recovery programs visit Bradreese.com

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HP Goes Green
July 17, 2007, 9:34 am
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

Hewlett-Packard has pledged to reduce energy usage by 20 per cent before 2010. They announced Tuesday that they would be setting a “carbon footprint challenge” for their 4,000 employees in Ireland to help make the company greener.

“Energy efficiency is a key priority for HP and we know that encouraging a culture of environmental awareness amongst employees is critical to the success of our worldwide environmental initiatives,” said HP Ireland managing director Martin Murphy in a statement.

Here are some of the ways HP hopes to meet this challenge:

• Online tools and local reference points will be used to provide the company’s Irish employees with access to the latest environmental information and advice needed to reduce emissions and save money.

• Employees will be given the opportunity to sponsor the planting of a tree in association with forestry products company Coillte.

• They will increase their renewable energy purchases by more than 350 per cent by procuring 50 million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity during 2007.

Taken from: channelregister.com

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