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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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By Joshua Levitt
E-Commerce Sales and Marketing Manager for UsedCisco.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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‘Beantown’ is a Green Town
July 2, 2007, 1:40 pm
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

When most of us think about Boston, we conjure up images of a historic America, the original 13 colonies and a place with early colonial influence. But; all that is about to change! Thanks to the recent efforts of Boston’s current administration, Boston is now on the cutting edge, setting a national example for early adoption of bold new environmental trends.

The city of Boston has recently made a commitment to reducing energy use and harmful greenhouse gas emissions while saving taxpayer money. Thomas M. Menino, mayor of Boston, said: “From our green building requirements to our clean vehicle policies, sustainability is a critical component of the City of Boston’s future.

Under Mayor Menino’s leadership, solar installations have been placed on a number of municipal buildings; the city has undertaken a large-scale retrofit of its school bus fleet of 500 school buses, using ultra low sulphur diesel, and are being equipped with pollution control technologies. This reduces tailpipe emissions by more than 90 percent. The city has completed an installation of 25 combined heat and power units, a key element of the Boston Public Schools overall energy management program. This saves taxpayers at least $8 million annually. Boston was also recognized as a national leader by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership Program.

Most recently, In February of 2007, the city installed Verdiem’s surveyor’ software on all PCs at Boston City Hill and it has already reduced PC energy use by an average of 44 percent. It is saving an average of 180 kWh of electricity or about $25 per PC annually through centrally managing the sleep, shut down and wake cycles. Essentially, this program simply places the PCs into lower power settings when they’re not in use, like when you go to lunch, a meeting or even home for the evening. Based on its existing customer base, annual use of Verdiem technology reduces greenhouse gas emissions at a rate equal to taking more than 8,000 passenger cars off the road for an entire year, or conserving 4,317,988 gallons of gasoline.

Bill Oates, Boston’s CIO, said the software only cost the city $25 for each PC license, and based on projections, it will save the city $25 per PC annually. “So we believe that after the first year we will have covered the cost of the license,” Oates said. After that, “we’ll save about $30,000 annually.”

So what are you waiting for?

Taken from: Tech World

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Growing the Eco-Friendly Way
June 26, 2007, 10:15 am
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

IBM announced plans last week to construct the largest data center in the world by the year 2010. This massive new 300,000 facility will cost Big Blue a whopping $86 million. and double its data-center capacity without increasing it’s energy usage or carbon emissions. The data center will be located in Boulder, Colorado, a fitting location for the likes of such an environmentally focused community, where so many of its residents are known to enjoy the great outdoors. The city offered $100,000 in tax and fee rebates from as well as a $632,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade to train the data center’s new workforce and other IBM employees.

“The reason we’re building these data centers is we continue to have growth in our clients’ demands. It’s about growing in an eco-friendly way”, said Rich Lechner, IBM’s vice president for IT optimization. The project is being completed partly to accommodate a $480 million, five-year agreement with a new customer IBM has declined to name publicly.

Just how do they plan on achieving this revolutionary efficiency?
1. Efficient building designs
2. New lighting systems
3. Highly efficient air conditioning
4. Extensive use of server and storage virtualization
5. Energy-efficient power and cooling systems
6.Software called PowerExecutive that manages and monitors power consumption

Taken from: Network World

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Climate Savers vs. Global Warming
June 15, 2007, 4:37 pm
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

Google and Intel have joined forces to form the latest heavy weight tag team on the scene.

The duo kicked off a new initiative today aimed at reducing their combined carbon output by 54 million tons a year. The energy-saving push was appropriately dubbed, “the Climate Savers Computing Initiative”.

These two wasted no time! To reduce energy loss, ‘Climate Savers’ has set their sites on the 2 biggest culprits in energy waste, inefficient power converters and voltage regulators.

“About half the energy in a personal computer and about the third of the energy in a server is wasted in the form of heat”, said Urs Holzle, a senior vice president at Google.

‘Climate Savers’ is advocating a steady improvement in the efficiency of both devices between now and 2010, and wants to enlist Fortune 500 companies and consumers to buy computers with the energy-efficiency improvements.

“If more energy-efficient machines are adopted at a moderate pace by buyers, energy cost savings could be $5.5 billion said Pat Gelsinger”, senior vice president at Intel.

Taken from Mercury News

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New York Software Industry Association Goes Green
June 7, 2007, 3:45 pm
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

This month, in their June meeting the NYSIA gives an overview of the current status of climate change technology, with a special emphasis on how those of us in the digital industries can play a positive role while realizing new business opportunities.
The development of low-emission engines and renewable, clean sources of energy must be accelerated. Computer modeling and measuring and networking coordination are just some of the areas where the IT community can play an important role in one of the most important issues facing us for the next 50 years.
  The movement to alleviate climate change presents both responsibilities and possibilities for software and computing entrepreneurs. Computer modeling and measuring, resulting in gains in energy efficiency, is just one example.
Human technology, in particular the internal combustion engine and coal-fired power plants, have greatly contributed to global climate change and global warming.
 Do you think technology can play a role in reversing the situation? 

Find out this Monday and attend the NYSIA meeting. Registration for non-members is $30. Register here:


When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: JPMorgan Chase, 270 Park Avenue, 3rd Floor, between 47th & 48th Streets 

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A Few Good Reasons to Safeguard the Environment
June 4, 2007, 4:52 pm
Filed under: corporate Green initiatives

Here is a list of a few good reasons why your brand should be safeguarding the environment. There are literally hundreds of reasons, so please contribute to this list as you see fit:

1. Because more and more consumers think it’s important.

2. Soon you may have no choice with new legislation being developed to protect the environment.

3. It can create opportunities in brand reputation, differentiation, new product development and innovation.

4. Presents a huge marketing opportunity to break our love affair with the new. There is a new breed of consumers interested in refurbished and refreshed goods. This trend is not purely driven by value, but by a desire to protect the environment”.

5. In many cases the savings can be enough. For instance, wasteful server data centers can use as much energy as a small city. Using more efficient hardware products immediately reduces your electric bill and your carbon footprint at the same time.

6. It positions your brand as hip, modern and responsible. It shows sustainability over long periods.

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