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  • How To: Save Energy, Save Money

    Posted May 25, 2009 - 8:19 pm

    You can save office energy from common sense; turn off the lights, printers, and PCs when you go home. But other, more nuanced tips can help you save even more. From laptop and gadget battery use to hardware leeching energy even when off, here are some of my favorite ways to save energy and money.
  • Google Goes Greener with PowerMeter Partnerships

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 2:53 pm

    Google's commitment to going green sprouted a new bud Wednesday as the company unveiled its utility company partnerships in its PowerMeter project.
  • IT Recycling Pitfalls

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 11:32 am

    A few simple steps can keep an IT green policy from turning into your own ecological disaster.
  • EPA gives servers Energy Star ratings

    Posted May 16, 2009 - 8:49 pm

    The spec measures power supply efficiency and the energy consumed when a server is idle.
  • Green marketplace shows environment-friendly techs

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 11:31 am

    Regen Energy, one of many exhibitors at the Greening Greater Toronto Marketplace, a showcase of green technology vendors, is using swarm theory as the basis for its devices that collectively and intelligently regulate energy requirements of a building.
  • Meet Gyy, The First Solar Powered Netbook

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Spanish company iUnika is set to launch next month an uber-cheap (and uber wimpy) netbook that runs on solar power.
  • City 2.0: Using tech building blocks in tomorrow's urban centers

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 9:24 am

    Ubiquitous wireless networks are already available in cities including Baltimore and Minneapolis, corporations such as Thomson Reuters have sustainable data centers that sell power back to the local utility, the smart energy grid is well on its way, and city-provided social networks are common. The next steps toward the city of tomorrow are all about integrating these services cohesively.
  • Digital Gear: Gadgets to cut energy costs

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 3:38 pm

    Power strips, plugs and electricity monitoring devices help pinpoint and shut down electricity hogs.
  • The Smart Grid

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 11:36 am

    What is the smart grid, when will it get here, and what difference will it make?
  • British Computer Society launches green IT qualification

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    The British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered industry body for IT professionals, has announced a new green IT qualification.
  • As economy softens, Microsoft ramps up research

    Posted May 7, 2009 - 10:29 am

    At a lab at the University of Cambridge in England, Microsoft is studying networking, energy use and home broadband.
  • Why enterprises aren’t paperless yet

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 12:47 pm

    Enterprises may have green initiatives to reduce paper, but going paperless isn't one of them.
  • Intel releases power management tool for data centers

    Posted May 1, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Intel on Thursday announced Data Center Manager software tool kit that can reduce the power drawn by servers in data centers by tapping into hardware resources.
  • Tasks you fear to outsource but should try

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 3:26 pm

    To save money, reconsider these ripe outsourcing opportunities you may have never (or were afraid to) put on the table.
  • Three Rules for Managing PC Power Usage

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Nearly a third of tech's power usage comes from PCs and peripherals, according to a new Gartner report. How can companies stem this power flow? CIOs can follow a few simple rules for saving energy and reducing costs. For starters, they need to avoid falling for some of the power-saving myths swirling around PCs and then craft a solid power-management policy.
  • How to recycle your Mac

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 10:54 am

    But when you've run out of ways to reuse or repurpose your old Mac, what's the best way to recycle it? Here are a variety of solutions--from low-effort to time-intensive--that'll keep your conscience and your closet clear.
  • Tips for greener computing

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 3:18 pm

    There are two really good reasons to practice green computing: It saves you money, and--bit by bit--it helps save the planet. It's a major win-win. Here are just a few of the little things you can do to make a big difference.
  • Recycle your tech gear: It's easier than you think

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 10:04 am

    There are a lot of places online that can make it easier to sell, recycle or give away old monitors, computers and phones.
  • The green IT leaders of 2009

    Posted April 22, 2009 - 9:59 am

    Green-technology projects flourished at organizations of all sizes in 2008, a trend that, at first blush, might seem counterintuitive. Given the economic hardships companies are facing, you might expect that projects seemingly tied to feel-good corporate social responsibility endeavors would take a backseat to initiatives aimed at bolstering the bottom line.
  • IT policies to save one billion tons of CO2 emissions annually by 2030, study says

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    The World Wildlife Fund recently released a study that envisioned a "smart world" in which IT policies and best practices such as teleworking would combine to save roughly one billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually by 2030.

  • Sprint greens IT, reduces carbon emissions and operating costs

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 8:13 pm

    IT innovations save $20 million in operating costs and reduce carbon emissions by 10,450 metric tons
  • Best Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    The Microsoft Global Foundation Services' data center team released a new paper today titled: "Top 10 Best Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers." Its objective is to help data center managers, industry operators and IT professionals reduce energy consumption and waste to cut costs, drive efficiencies and generate good will among c
  • Fujitsu goes green with 'wind-powered' laptop

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 10:39 am

    Fujitsu began selling in Japan on Tuesday a laptop that runs on wind power -- well, almost. The company is purchasing wind power "green energy credits" for each of the "FMV Loox" laptops sold that are equivalent to the amount of electricity estimated to be used by the machine over a four year lifespan.
  • Top 12 Green IT Vendors

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    Technology vendors and data center suppliers were also invited to participate in Computerworld's search for the Top Green-IT Organizations. These companies completed the same survey as the end-user organizations and were judged on the same criteria -- most notably, on their IT departments' efforts to reduce energy consumption in their IT equipment, and to use technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions. Here are the top 12, in ranked order:
  • 10 steps for greening an IT department

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    The data center gets all the press, but there are plenty of other areas where IT professionals and users of IT services can dramatically reduce an organization's effect on the environment. Here are 10 ways to get started:
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