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  • Whatever happened to Green IT?

    Posted July 30, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    Remember when "green computing" was all the rage? Companies competed for green awards, virtualized their data centers, set up e-waste committees, launched double-sided printing initiatives and activated power management features on PCs.
  • Why green IT is good for business

    Posted October 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

    IT is uniquely positioned to drive green IT projects by identifying opportunities for operational efficiency -- and helping to build the business case.
  • The world's five most fascinating 3D printing projects

    Posted August 15, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    The 3D printing world is exploding, with researchers in fields across the spectrum drumming up formerly unthinkable projects. It was tough to narrow it down, but here are the five most fascinating 3D printing projects that are in the works.
  • How a private cloud saves money and the environment

    Posted January 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    When Ricoh Europe realized its IT environment was both spiraling out of control and environmentally unfriendly, it turned to a IT services provider for help. Working with Infosys, Ricoh developed a private cloud that helped it consolidate nine data centers into two, cutting infrastructure costs and reducing carbon dioxide emissions significantly.
  • Urban tech: From Masdar to Main Street?

    Posted June 21, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    Self-driving electric taxis, smart appliances and municipal solar power are all amenities enjoyed by the residents of the futuristic Masdar City in the Middle East. Here's how they'll make their way to the U.S.
  • In search of an energy yardstick

    Posted January 30, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    We take a comprehensive look at the new green-IT metrics for measuring data center efficiency and productivity from The Green Grid and other industry groups. Insider, registration required.
  • Smart lights, bright data center

    Posted January 25, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    Who left the lights on in your data center?
  • Eight easy ways to green your business

    Posted December 30, 2011 - 7:00 pm

    Greening your business has short-term effects that will save you money, let employees breathe better, and maybe even help land you a few more customers. These tips, sites, and kits can help your business go green for 2012.
  • Prudential Financial: 1,000 servers moved into a virtual environment

    Posted October 24, 2011 - 12:05 pm

    When Mary O'Malley became Prudential's environmental task force chairperson in 2007, she found that the company's IT department was already focused on being green.
  • Six energy-efficient data center practices

    Posted August 22, 2011 - 7:00 am

    The traditional data center is running out of power, space, and time. Here are some of the new, innovative, and unusual solutions in practice today.
  • Using renewable energy in the data center

    Posted August 9, 2011 - 4:38 pm

    Earlier this year, social networking giant Facebook finished construction of its newest data center in Pineville, Oregon. In a press release, Facebook officials touted the new facility as "setting new standards for environmental responsibility in data center design and operations." Those standards incorporate renewable energy tactics such as rainwater reclamation, solar energy, and heat recycling.
  • Facebook reveals its data center secrets

    Posted August 4, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    Facebook is sharing some of the secrets that help make the custom-built servers and power systems in its Prineville, Ore., data center among the most efficient in the world.
  • 8 radical ways to cut data center power costs

    Posted April 4, 2011 - 6:07 am

    One or more of these wild-eyed approaches could save you a lot of money -- and not cost you much
  • Energy efficiency -- no longer an afterthought

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    Modern energy efficient technologies are becoming the norm, and most businesses understand that implementing "green IT" helps the environment and the bottom line. But many IT professionals lack a tool that is critical to understanding the full impact of energy efficient practices.
  • What you missed: The top sleeper tech stories of 2010

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 10:08 am

    Apple's quiet enterprise ascendance, looming ERP-like disasters in health care, the solution to a big security hole, and more didn't get the media attention they deserved -- until now
  • What you missed: Energy-efficient Ethernet has arrived, with real savings

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 10:00 am

    IEEE 802.3az will lead to significant energy savings without a hit to performance or large up-front costs.
  • Greenpeace rates IT climate-change leaders and laggards

    Posted December 9, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Cisco, Ericsson, and Fujitsu earn top honors for their efforts in climate solutions, remote collaboration and telecommuting offerings.
  • Green IT: Train staff to think about sustainability

    Posted November 24, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    If you're running a green IT shop or developing green business initiatives, you need staff with relevant skills. But you may have to train them yourself.
  • Citigroup: Green-IT extends to network wiring redesign

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 10:19 pm

    Citigroup is one of the granddaddies in the young world of green IT. In 2005, it launched its global data center strategy, with the goal of using only the most energy-efficient materials and technologies in its new data centers.
  • Union Pacific: With updated equipment, power use drops

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 10:17 pm

    Environmental stewardship is deeply ingrained in the corporate culture at Union Pacific Railroad Co., and implementing green-IT systems plays a central role in the railroad's efforts to conserve energy.
  • State of Indiana: Standardizing PCs helped save money

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    When Mitch Daniels took office as governor of Indiana in 2005, he created the Office of Technology and charged it with creating more-efficient IT operations. That mandate meant improving IT services as well as creating a more environmentally friendly technology platform, says state CIO Brian Arrowood.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: Carbon footprint down 20% in 2 years

    Posted November 4, 2010 - 10:09 pm

    Where do you start when your company demands a 20% reduction in its carbon footprint? At PricewaterhouseCoopers, it wasn't enough to just pursue high-profile projects, such as building the LEED Gold-certified data center that came online in January.
  • State Street: A green dashboard monitors data center

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 10:00 am

    For State Street Corp., environmental sustainability is embedded in pretty much anything the global investment services provider does. Its companywide Environment Management System operates on the principles of embracing green thinking in its corporate culture, technology choices and standard operating procedures, says Madge Meyer, executive vice president and head of global infrastructure services.
  • Earth Rangers: Focus on virtualization, geothermal power

    Posted October 26, 2010 - 9:58 am

    "Bring Back the Wild" -- that's the mission of Earth Rangers, an innovative nonprofit organization that works to educate kids about environmental threats. Its goal is to inspire kids -- the "chief inheritors of environmental destruction," as its Web site says -- to become a powerful part of the solution by working to protect endangered species and their habitats.
  • Northrop Grumman: PCs, laptops and peripherals must be green

    Posted October 25, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    At Northrop Grumman Corp., environmental sustainability is part of the company's long-range strategic plans. The Los Angeles-based aerospace and electronics manufacturer's IT department is leading several green initiatives, including one called the Desktop Solutions Program, which launched in January.

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