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...

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...

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...

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...

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...