Green IT

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...

Customer Relationship Management

When a customer looks at your company, they only see one thing The Company. The customer doesn't see all the cogs and wheels spinning behind the front door. But customers aren't stupid. They know that if they buy something, someone has to process the payment. Someone has to package the product for shipping. And someone else has to perform the actual shipping. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a philosophy of coordinating among all the players in an organization so that the customer is...

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...

Cost Savings

Our primary intent in this book is to show you how adopting Green IT practices can save your business potentially millions of dollars over current practices. Of course, we also want to encourage you to adopt ecologically responsible practices, so that we don't wind up living on a cinder with no atmosphere. Oh yeah, we'd also like to avoid getting cancer from drinking groundwater. But even if you have absolutely no interest in helping the environment, the changes in business processes,...

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...

Packaging

When we think of environmental responsibility, we immediately think about reduced toxins in the devices or we think of recycling programs. Although these are important issues that must be tended to, there are other places where environmental impact needs to be considered. An area we may not think of is packaging. NOTE Packaging waste accounts for more than 30 percent of U.S. solid waste. Dell has made efforts to reduce the sheer amount of packaging it uses to ship its products. The company...

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...

Overview and Issues

The protagonist in the classic children's fable Chicken Little would annoy his fellow chickens by constantly insisting that the sky is falling, when it never was. It was the same sort of deal with the Shepherd Boy in The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It all ended badly for Chicken Little and the Shepherd Boy, and we run the risk of a similar scenario playing itself out where green computing is concerned. We've heard so much about global warming we've heard so much about being eco-friendly we've seen so...

Current Initiatives and Standards

It wasn't really treasure that was sunken in that Minnesota lake, but something was down there. In the spring of 2006, discarded computer monitors started bobbing to the surface of Rice Lake and then washing ashore. By the fall, authorities had collected 64 monitors and other e-waste that had been criminally dumped into the lake. The notion of a monitor popping up next to your fishing boat can be comical, until you consider what's involved. In this case, computer monitors pollute with mercury,...

Cleaning Products

Most janitorial cleaning products contain ingredients that may cause harm to human health, indoor air quality, and the environment. Some ingredients in janitorial cleaning products can instantly burn the eyes, skin, and lungs. By choosing the least toxic cleaning products for your organization, you lessen your environmental impact, and you also lessen the chance for an employee to be harmed. You can determine which products have low levels of toxins by observing the following Reading the...

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...

Finding the Best

The quality of electronic recyclers will vary from company to company. Not all companies are created equally. There is an implied sense of honor and responsibility just by being in the electronics recycling industry, but this isn't always the case. Remember the resurfacing monitors in that halcyon Minnesota lake The college that owned them tried to do the responsible thing and have them recycled. It was the recycler who did the bad deed. Although investigators looked into who the culprit was...

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...

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...