But there is hope on the operational side of things. Retailers and their corporate offices are seeing the value in green IT and sustainable business. It’s not only ethical, but it makes good business sense. In fact, 61% of retailers have expressed this in a recent RSR Research survey where nearly 100 retailers finds that …read more.
How many DVD players and mp3 players have you pitched when they have died suddenly or suddenly you were flush with extra cash and ready to treat yourself? I know that I have gone through a few $38.99 DVD players and have made some bad PC purchases which led me back to my local electronics shop for an upgrade.
I wonder where cast-away electronics end up. In my mind I picture them refurbished and enjoying a second life. But that’s not the case. One of my fellow marketers recently blogged about it. His post includes three shocking videos which shows where electronics really go to die. It ain’t pretty. Toxic chemicals from the West are polluting developing countries where the valuable parts are being harvested and the rest burned and dumped into water supplies. Not cool!
There are ways we can help and it’s easier than you think. Find out here.
We found an article which illustrates companies who have purchased EPEAT products worldwide have:
* Reduced use of toxic materials by the equivalent of more than 148 million refridgerators
* Eliminated enough mercury to fill 372, 000 household thermometers
* Avoided disoposal of solid waste – comparable to 14,500 US households’ annual quota
Want to know how you stack up?
The University of Tennesee Center for clean products recently developed an Electronic Environmental Benefits Calculator which allows users to calculate specific environmental benefits of purchasing EPEAT computers and monitors. You can read last year’s Environmental Benefits Report and find out how you can get a version of the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator.
A data center in Phoenix has found a way to “freeze” their data center costs – using ice balls. The Ice Ball Thermal Storage System may be the coolest technology to hit the market…literally!
The ice balls are water filled, dimpled plastic spheres a little bigger than a softball. The balls float in four huge tanks filled with a glycol solution that chills the balls by night and pumps the cool air into the data center by day. This shifts the energy consumption from day to night allowing the utility generators to run more efficiently.
You might wonder why anyone would have a data center in on of the hottest places in the US. There are benefits to the hot, dry desert climate. For example, it lends itself to energy evaporative cooling technology when the temperatures at night dip down low.
That’s not all. This company has found a way to beat the Phoenix heat in other ingenious ways – reducing their energy use and taking advantage of the innovation new ways to be green. Read more…http://features.techworld.com/data-centre/3244249/ice-balls-help-data-centre-go-green/
This morning the GreenTeam received a great email from a Softchoice employee about a search engine, Ecosia (http://ecosia.org/), that donates 80% of its income to saving the rainforest. Just like other search engines such as Google and Yahoo Ecosia makes money when you click their sponsered links. However, by using them 80% of that money goes to helping the rainforest instead of the pocket of someone.
The front page of their website makes the claim of “Each free web search saves about 2.4 yd²of rainforest. We have already protected 234,567,410 yd².”
Plus, since they are linked up with Yahoo and Bing you aren’t losing any searching functionality or missing any important results. I have been using Ecosia for my searches this morning and so far I have been unable to tell a difference from my normal searching on Google. Try it out.