Telecommuting

Telecommuting is another good option to help reduce your environmental impact. The biggest hurdle to telecommuting like the paperless office is getting people to sign onto it. But this time it isn't workers who might balk at it a lot of times it is management. Telecommuting is often wrongly perceived as a vacation and workers not having to do their share of the work. But that isn't the case. Research organization IDC stated that 8.9 million Americans worked at home at least 3 days a month in...

Contents

Part I Trends and Reasons to Go Green 1 Overview and Issues Problems Toxins Power Consumption Equipment Disposal Your Company's Carbon Footprint Measuring Details Why Bother Plan for the Future Cost Savings Hardware Power 2 Current Initiatives and Standards Global Initiatives United Nations Basel Action Network Basel Convention North America The United States Canada Australia Europe WEEE Directive RoHS National Adoption Asia Japan China Korea 3 Minimizing Power Usage Power Problems Monitoring...

What This Book Covers

It's no surprise that the environment is a hot topic these days. Although our overall impact is arguable, it turns out we are damaging our planet in many ways. Sure, we've been bombarded with messages about going green. Sure, a lot of times those messages are just like white noise after a while, but it's hard not to acknowledge there is a problem when fossil fuel energy costs are at an all-time high and the emissions from processing and using that energy are choking our atmosphere. And we...

Recycling

Computer recycling involves breaking down the computer to recover metals, plastic, and glass for reuse. It also aids in keeping hazardous materials from tainting the environment. Computer recycling is complex, because there are over 1000 different materials in a computer. As such, computers are one of the most complex things to recycle. Computer recyclers are normally large companies or government programs. They need to handle high volumes of recycling materials to make their business...

North America

North America is home to two countries that seem to be struggling with implementing e-waste programs. The United States and Canada have both been trying to get national laws on the books, but it hasn't happened yet. Not to be deterred, several states and provinces have taken up the issue at the local level and have developed their own e-waste laws. This section examines what's going on in the U.S. and Canada. It looks at the issue of e-waste at the national level and also drills down to...

History

HP has a long commitment to environmental responsibility and has been a few degrees ahead of the curve for a long time. True, it didn't start recycling efforts and energy conservation efforts from the get go, but in a lot of cases it was the first company to have started such initiatives. Table 9-1 shows a timeline summary of HP's environmental efforts. HP's eco-friendly business practices don't seem to be slowing down, either. The company has set a goal to reduce its overall global energy use...

Education

Dell's enviro-responsibility doesn't take place in a vacuum. The company actively communicates with customers and other stakeholders. Dell has a number of customer communications programs, the idea being to educate them about energy efficiency as well as other environmental issues, such as climate change and pollution. That educational process starts when a computer is purchased online. When a customer configures a computer, the website walks them through the process, helping them make...

Customer Programs

Whereas businesses have to pay Dell for its recycling and repurposing services, consumers get free recycling. Dell will recycle any Dell machine ever built for free. If you have another brand of computer and buy a Dell, the company will dispose of your old machine for free. The process is fairly straightforward. You can bring equipment in to be disposed, or you can arrange with Dell to have it picked up, though some small fees apply. If you have late-model equipment, it may be eligible for a...

Nonprofit Partnerships

Dell has partnered with organizations such as Goodwill Industries and the National Cristina Foundation to match consumer donations. Further, if a consumer brings a computer to be recycled into a Goodwill store, Dell will pick it up, refurbish it, sell it, and give those profits to Goodwill. Dell refurbishes and sells the computer, sending the profits to Goodwill. A customer donates his computer to Goodwill. A customer donates his computer to Goodwill. Goodwill gives the computer to Dell....

Recycling Programs

Dell offers a number of recycling opportunities to its customers. Even though they have been advocates of recycling, as legislation becomes more pronounced for mandating product recycling, Dell is ratcheting up its efforts. Dell was the first technology company to establish a product recycling goal in 2004 and then completed its global consumer recycling program in 2006. In July 2007, Dell announced that it had exceeded its targets in working toward its multiyear goal of recovering more than...

China

Guiyu China

The tales of e-waste in China have made headlines in recent years. It's no surprise that the stories have been newsworthy, but it is a surprise that we hadn't heard them earlier. America ships to China up to 80 percent of its e-waste. In addition to the U.S., Canada, Japan, and South Korea send their e-waste to Guiyu, China. In 2006, the U.S. exported enough e-waste to cover a football field and rise a mile into the sky. Most of the waste winds up in the small port city of Guiyu. It's a town 4...

Embracing a New Idea

Rackspace ventured into the realm of efficiency because their United Kingdom and European datacenters were mandated to be more efficient. While adhering to European Union laws, Rackspace decided to implement better efficiency company-wide. Green awareness has certainly been up recently, but two years ago when we started, there really was none, said Enright. Soon, customers were asking for greener solutions. It took on a life of its own, remembered Enright. At one point, Rackspace hosted a Green...

Economizers

Water Side Economizers Data Center

You can save a lot of money if you are able to put Mother Nature to work for you. In a lot of the country, winter provides you with an opportunity to enhance your cooling system by using the cold outside air to cool things down. But it isn't as simple as opening a window to accomplish this. To do so, you need to employ what is called an economizer. There are two types air-side economizers and waterside economizers. An air-side economizer regulates the use of outside air for cooling a room or a...

Dynamic Smart Cooling

We talked about it a bit in Chapter 4, but HP's Dynamic Smart Cooling bears inclusion here. The system is designed to deliver 20- to 45-percent savings in cooling energy costs, or allow additional equipment to be added to the datacenter while keeping costs steady. The system uses an intelligent control node to continually adjust air conditioning settings based on real-time air temperature measurements, which are based on feedback from sensors positioned on IT racks. HP is implementing this...

Floor Vent Tiles

Vented floor tiles don't just look cool, they're designed to facilitate airflow. In many datacenters, however, vented tiles are either incorrectly placed or an insufficient or excessive number of vented tiles are installed. If you use Computational Fluid Dynamics CFD an analysis of airflow patterns in your datacenter, you can optimize datacenter cool-airflow. This allows you to fine-tune the center's cooling by placing vented floor tiles in their optimal locations. Some vendors will even help...

Practicing What They Preach

Kelly Cain, professor of environmental science and management, said that the facility also grew out of the need to put into practice what students were learning. Although the students were learning important lessons about environmental responsibility, the college wasn't doing what it was teaching. We are not walking the talk, in terms of what we were teaching in the classroom, said Cain. A number of years ago, Earth Consciousness Organization ECO club members and 2001 graduates Rusty Callier...

Remote Desktop Server

When configuring a Remote Desktop server, you will be indicating which user accounts will be authorized access. These user accounts must have passwords. If the computer the client will be accessing does not normally utilize a password, you will have to create one for Remote Desktop. When you configure your server for Remote Desktop, you enter the user account name when Windows Vista asks for the object name in the Select Users dialog box. To configure a Remote Desktop server, follow these steps...

Problems

Waste Toxicity Landfills Figure

Chances are this isn t the first time you ve heard about the need to go green as it relates to your IT infrastructure. But even though the message is out there, not enough organizations are acting on it. Symantec Corp. released a study that revealed almost 75 percent of datacenter managers do, in fact, have an interest in adopting a strategic green center initiative, but only one in seven has actually done so Symantec, October 2007. The reason is obvious money. Although datacenter managers want...