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  • 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:
  • Apply lean methods to green your IT operation

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:59 pm

    Many of the changes needed to "green" our IT departments aren't new. Nearly all of the required changes are those we would make by following the quality-control concept of "lean" systems. Lean seeks to eliminate work within a process that doesn't add value. Green looks for waste in a process that impacts the environment. Often, they require the same changes.
  • A New Green Gold Standard

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 4:57 pm

    A recent EPA study on energy-saving opportunities in servers and data centers noted that the industry uses an enormous amount of energy -- more than 1.5% of all electricity generated in the U.S. So it's no surprise that many people see data centers as a major part of the climate change problem. But the EPA sees this as an opportunity.
  • Data Centers Want an MPG Rating for Energy Efficiency

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 9:52 am

    While some basic efficiency measures exist for designers of data centers, as of yet, there is no standard method or metric for comparing energy efficiency of the computing hardware that fills the complexes.
  • Gartner: Businesses take hiatus from green IT to save cash

    Posted April 18, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    Firms are diverting their attention away from green IT projects in order to save money during the recession, according to a Gartner report.
  • Tech companies celebrate Earth Day in cool ways

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    While we should be caring for the planet every day, we asked technology companies how they plan to celebrate Earth Day, and we're happy to report that the environment is still top-of-mind. You still have time. Here are some ideas.
  • 10 tips for finding a green data center site

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 10:29 am

    It's not hard to find a great, green site for your next data center. You just need to ask the right questions.
  • Green Initiatives and Energy Conservation in a Modern Atlanta Datacenter

    Posted April 16, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    The ‘Green Initiative’ is not just a focus at datacenters around the country—it is THE focus, with energy efficiency being the central element from which most conservation strategy stems from.
  • Live from Uptime Institute Green IT Symposium

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 10:26 am

    Just wrapping up live global videoconference powered by Cisco Telepresence: http://www.uptimeinstitute.org -- still time to ask a question.

  • Panasonic lives the green lifestyle in showcase house

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Sensor-controlled LED lights, insulation, solar power, fuel cells and a networked control system aim to cut energy use.
  • Spam e-mails killing the environment, McAfee report says

    Posted April 15, 2009 - 9:15 am

    McAfee report claims spam e-mails create as much carbon dioxide as 3.1 million cars.
  • Things to do with an old computer

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 2:10 pm

    Here's an interesting step-by-step from Instructables on how to use your old computer ... Just in time for Earth day!
  • Onset weather stations track green roof performance at Ford plant

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 10:09 am

    Web-based systems track soil moisture and weather conditions on one of the world's largest green roofs<
  • Being green brings in the greenbacks, say IDC and Atos

    Posted April 8, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    Companies serious about going green were rewarded with a 2 percent higher profit margin, according to IDC and Atos.
  • Data Centers Brace for Obama's New Energy Plan

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 11:28 am

    The president's proposed 'cap and trade' program on carbon emissions may have big implications for IT facilities.
  • Intel CEO Otellini joins call for action on climate change

    Posted April 2, 2009 - 9:50 am

    Intel CEO Paul Otellini joins call for Group of Twenty to implement policies that encourage sustainable development and agree on a more effective climate treaty

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