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  • Wal-Mart aims to go green with global supply chain makeover

    Posted October 27, 2008 - 2:26 pm

    When you think of "green" and environmentally-friendly retailers, Wal-Mart is likely to be the last retailer that comes to mind. But Wal-Mart has a vision of going green, and the world's largest retailer is now demanding its suppliers, including the massive number based in China, live up to environmentally friendly manufacturing practices and product-safety guidelines to make that vision come true.
  • Apple grows greener in '08, Jobs confirms

    Posted October 17, 2008 - 10:22 am

    Apple Thursday published an update as to its environmental activities, signed by company CEO, Steve Jobs.
  • IBM, HP lead the way on green IT

    Posted October 16, 2008 - 3:54 pm

    If your IT department has decided to "go green," you probably need help from your strategic IT vendors. But which ones?
  • Why You Need a Chief Green Officer

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 11:23 pm

    The latest C-level officer that organizations are benefiting from is the CGO – Chief Green Officer. Sure, this can be seen as "greenwashing", but when implemented thoughtfully and without trying to pull one over on the public, this is a very important person.
  • Ericsson attaches blades for wind power to base station

    Posted October 9, 2008 - 10:27 am

    Ericsson has equipped its environmentally friendly radio base station site concept Tower Tube with built-in support for wind power, in a bid to help operators go green and expand mobile networks to where electricity isn't available.
  • Interview with Dave O'Hara of Green Datacenter Blog

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 12:45 pm

    With the advent of Green IT there are numerous industries and jobs that will be created. Perhaps one of the first will be the Green Sherpa -- someone to guide you to the summit of your Green IT mountain. We had the great opportunity to speak with one such Sherpa last week -- Dave O’Hara of Green Datacenter Blog.
  • Orange to rate environmental impact of mobile phones

    Posted October 3, 2008 - 1:05 pm

    Network operator Orange will rate the environmental impact of the fixed-line and mobile phones it sells, it said Friday.
  • Murata working on turning laptop heat into power

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 9:29 am

    Murata Manufacturing's unicycling robot was the star attraction at the company's Ceatec booth this year, but visitors in a hurry to see the robot perform likely rushed by one of the company's more interesting projects: a thermoelectric device capable of turning heat into electricity. The device could one day find a home in laptops, and other products.
  • Google proposes $4.4 trillion clean energy plan

    Posted October 2, 2008 - 9:28 am

    Tiring of its mission to "organize the world's information," Google has set itself a new objective: save the planet.
  • Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 3:25 pm

    Currently the U.S. doesn’t have a national law governing e-waste. As politicians try to pass legislation, many efforts simply "run out of gas." Thankfully, lack of consistent federal legislation doesn't mean that action hasn't already been taken.
  • Oracle plants a stake in the world of green software

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 11:50 am

    Oracle has teamed up with environmental, health and safety software specialist ESS to offer joint solutions aimed at helping organizations improve their collection and management of environmental data and programs, while reducing the cost and complexity involved.
  • Sanyo to expand solar business with new US factory

    Posted September 29, 2008 - 9:27 am

    Sanyo Electric is planning to substantially expand production of solar-cell wafers with the construction of a new factory in Salem, Oregon.
  • Data centers: from shipping containers to tents

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 4:33 pm

    Enterprises are pushing the operating parameters that server vendors recommend for factors like air temperature and humidity and finding that servers are often far hardier than they expect. The difference can mean significant data center operations savings.
  • Use Automated Tiered Storage to Improve Your SAN

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    When we think of consolidation in terms of Green IT, our first thought is of consolidating servers. This is, to be sure, the star of Green IT. However there’s a supporting actor who has it in him to steal virtualization’s scenes. We’re talking about storage area networks (SANs).
  • What is Green PM?

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 8:13 am

    How small project management adjustments can reap huge benefits for the environment?
  • Mobile operators that want to go green get help

    Posted September 18, 2008 - 10:12 am

    Industry organization GSM Association (GSMA) has launched the Green Power for Mobile program, which will help operators that want to use renewable power sources, including solar, wind or sustainable biofuels, to power base stations, it announced on Thursday.
  • 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.
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