Green IT

Green IT news and analysis for IT professionals, covering electronics recycling and ewaste, energy efficiency and alternative energy
  • Audit: US exporting harmful e-waste to other countries

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    The U.S. is shipping used electronic devices containing toxic substances overseas, with little regulation and enforcement to protect people and the environment in those countries, according to a government auditor's report.
  • Automating Processes for ‘Green IT’ - How well understood is the ROI?

    Posted September 17, 2008 - 11:22 am

    I came across an article in which the author raised some interesting points about how process automation can contribute to ‘Green IT’ initiatives. The author suggests that Governments should mandate the use of workflow for these initiatives and identifies these potential benefits:
  • Study: PVC and toxic flame retardants still lurk in new PCs

    Posted September 16, 2008 - 9:29 am

    PC manufacturers have still not figured out how to make a computer without PVC (polyvinyl chloride) insulation and toxic brominated flame retardants (BFRs), although some consumer electronics manufacturers are now able to produce smaller gadgets without those chemicals, Greenpeace reports in a new study.
  • The Wisdom of the Paperless Office

    Posted September 15, 2008 - 12:31 pm

    Twenty years ago Sting was going on and on about saving the rain forest. Every time you’d turn around, Sting was with some group griping about deforestation. It was easy enough for many to tune out Sting and his "save the rain forest" buddies, but it turns out we should have been listening.
  • Greenpeace praises greener iPod range

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 4:47 pm

    Greenpeace has issued a release in which the environmental crusaders have heaped praise on Apple's new environmentally-friendly iPod range.
  • Greening your Information Systems

    Posted September 11, 2008 - 11:04 am

    There’s a lot you can measure—and a lot of it isn’t even that difficult—to see you how you’re doing in your efforts to go green. Here are some metrics you can use.
  • Tech's looming battle against rising energy costs

    Posted September 9, 2008 - 3:58 pm

    In the coming years, IT could take the lead on saving energy, using its vast knowledge of the company's networks, equipment, work processes, and facilities. IT shops that have embraced the green-tech religion can transform that passion into something that will resonate, and pick up support, where it counts: in the executive boardroom. Energy-smart IT leadership can ensure the company remains in the black for the long term.
  • Reorganize Your Datacenter to Cut Cooling Costs

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 9:52 am

    There is a certain feng shui to laying out your datacenter. It has nothing to do with putting a palm plant in an east-facing window or organizing the racks so that they all face the door. Reorganizing your datacenter can help reduce the amount of money you spend to cool it.
  • Intel releases new quad-core Xeon processors

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 9:25 am

    Intel announced four new quad-core Xeon processors on Monday that use a halogen free packaging technology that is easier on the environment.
  • Establish a 'green baseline' now says Forrester

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 4:45 pm

    IT departments must establish a "green baseline" for their operations, according to new advice from Forrester Research.
  • Going green at the U.S. Open

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    Last year, when more than 7.3 million unique users visited the Web site managed by IBM during the 2007 U.S. Open, server virtualization was a critical component behind the vendor's ability to scale computing capacity as needed. For the 2008 tournament, which kicked off Aug. 25, "green IT" has taken center court.
  • Phasing in the Green

    Posted September 1, 2008 - 10:08 pm

    The last few years have seen an explosion of general and IT-related technologies touting to help an organization be greener. This is good news for all of us however, it turns out that many of the green products and solutions aren’t the cheapest options, and it may take some time before the scales of finance tip in green’s favor. So how does an organization go green – you know, do the right thing for planet – while doing the right thing for the bottom line?
  • Safaricom uses solar, wind energy to reach remote locations

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 5:15 pm

    As power costs rise and the progress of connecting rural areas to mobile services remains slow, Kenyan mobile telecom provider Safaricom has set up 100 base stations powered by solar and wind energy at a cost of 250 million Kenya shillings (US$3.8 million). The base stations are in remote locations such as Lokichoggio, Kapenguria, Kakuma and Lodwar in Northern Kenya, and are meant to increase network coverage and capacity countrywide, said Michael Joseph, Safaricom CEO.
  • Fujitsu Siemens launches 'zero watt' monitors

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 9:45 am

    Fujitsu Siemens new Scenicview Premium Line Eco range features patent-pending power supplies that switch off completely in power-save mode.
  • Report: Cloud computing poised for enterprise adoption

    Posted August 11, 2008 - 4:43 pm

    Gartner has named cloud computing, green IT and social-computing platforms among technologies that are poised to reach broad enterprise adoption in the next two to five years.
  • Oracle looks to Utah for green data center

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 9:44 am

    Oracle will consolidate computing facilities from its many acquisitions in a remotely managed data center near Salt Lake City, partly to cut its second-largest data center cost: energy.
  • Rebates for using energy efficient storage on the way

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 4:59 pm

    IT shops will get new utility rebates for using energy-saving storage technologies because of an initiative that helps storage vendors and utilities measure and validate energy use reductions.
  • Save money with PC power management

    Posted August 4, 2008 - 2:24 pm

    Going green can save greenbacks, which is a welcome notion at Washington Mutual, which suffered heavy losses in the subprime mortgage crash. The bank has cut its PC-related greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent and is on track to save US$3 million on electricity costs this year, says Debora Horvath, WaMu's CIO and head of the bank's environmental council
  • PC owners urged to manage power use and save money

    Posted August 1, 2008 - 9:21 am

    Businesses and home users can help the environment and save money at the same time by making better use of basic tools for desktop PC power management.
  • Microsoft shows off data-center monitoring system

    Posted July 29, 2008 - 4:23 pm

    To better control energy consumption in its data centers, Microsoft has deployed 2,000 internally built temperature and humidity sensors in several of its facilities.
  • Solar power solution for modern Apple laptops ships

    Posted July 28, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    QuickerTek has introduced a new model Apple Juicz solar charger for the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  • Planting seeds of sustainability on Facebook

    Posted July 22, 2008 - 4:15 pm

    Two Canadian university students hope to plant the seeds of sustainability on Facebook with an application that monitors power consumption and uses peer pressure and the spirit of friendly competition inherent among many gardeners to foster energy conservation.
  • CherryPal mini-desktop consumes 2 watts of power

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 2:03 pm

    The power-saving properties of CherryPal's new Linux-based mini-desktop may attract cheers out of social conscience, but its performance may lead to some concerns.
  • Intel measures air quality with sweepers

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 5:00 pm

    Researchers at Intel are hoping to use mobile devices to improve air quality in San Francisco, though it may take a while before the technology reaches users.
  • Microsoft rural innovation winner finds gold in green

    Posted July 9, 2008 - 4:21 pm

    A team from Indonesia took home a US$10,000 prize in the Rural Innovation segment of Microsoft's Imagine Cup this year by developing a way for people to report environmental problems with their mobile phones.
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