Helpful Organizations

Going green can be daunting, but you're not in it alone. You can find help from peers as well as organizations, worldwide. Table 14-1 lists just some of the organizations out there that can help you achieve your green goals.

Organization

Website

Description

Business for Social Responsibility

Link 14-1

Helps companies that are endeavoring to engage in ethical business practices while being responsible to people, communities, and the environment.

Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies

Link 14-2

The Center is located at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and develops, evaluates, and promotes clean technologies.

Climate Savers

Link 14-3

The World Wildlife Foundation's initiative for power consumption and waste in industry.

Consortium on Green Design and Manufacturing

Link 14-4

Formed in 1993 at the University of California, Berkeley, the Consortium works to encourage multidisciplinary research and education on environmental management, design for environment, and pollution prevention in critical industries.

Design for the Environment's Computer Display Project

Link 14-5

Part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program, the Computer Display Project evaluates the life cycle, environmental impacts, performance, and cost of liquid crystal displays and cathode ray tubes.

Design for the Environment's Printed Wiring Board Partnership

Link 14-6

Part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Design for the Environment program, the Printed Wiring Board Partnership examines alternatives to traditional printed wiring boards—the foundation for virtually all electronic components.

Electronic Power Research Institute

Link 14-7

EPRI was established in 1973 as an independent, nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI brings together members, participants, the Institute's scientists and engineers, and other leading experts to work collaboratively on solutions to the challenges of electric power.

Table 14-1 Organizations That Can Help Your Green Efforts (www.greenitinfo.com/links)

Organization

Website

Description

Electronic Products

Stewardship

Canada

Link 14-8

Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPS Canada) is developing a national electronics end-of-life program in Canada. EPS Canada works with an array of partners and stakeholders to design, promote, and implement sustainable solutions for Canada's electronic waste problem.

EPS Canada was created to work with both industry and government to develop a flexible, workable Canadian solution.

Energy Efficiency

Industry

Partnership

Link 14-9

ASE's Energy Efficiency Industry Partnership (EEIP) works with organizations around the world to promote energy efficiency in industry.

EEIP provides energy efficiency companies with a platform to promote their products and services.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Link 14-10

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG Protocol works with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change.

Global Reporting Initiative

Link 14-11

Developed guidelines to help businesses prepare sustainability reports.

GRI works with the private sector, nonprofits, universities, and other groups to develop guidelines.

Green Grid

Link 14-12

The Green Grid is a global consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in datacenters and business computing ecosystems.

The Green Grid Board of Directors is composed of the following member companies: AMD, APC, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Rackable Systems, SprayCool, Sun Microsystems, and VMware.

INFORM Inc.

Link 14-13

INFORM, in conjunction with businesses, communities, and governments, helps businesses ensure environmentally sustainable growth. It helps organizations avoid unsafe use of toxic chemicals, protect land and water resources, and conserve energy.

International Association of Electronics Recyclers

Link 14-14

The IAER represents and serves the interests of the electronics recycling industry for managing the life cycle of electronics products.

International Facility Management Association

Link 14-15

A professional organization for facilities managers.

Table 14-1 Organizations That Can Help Your Green Efforts (www.greenitinfo.com/links) (Continued)

Organization

Website

Description

Journal of Industrial Ecology

Link 14-16

A quarterly journal published by MIT that covers such issues as energy flow studies; dematerialization and decarbonization; life cycle planning, design, and assessment; design for the environment; and extended producer responsibility.

National Electrical

Manufacturers

Association

Link 14-17

The association develops technical standards for the electrical manufacturing industry. It also provides industry-specific information.

Scientific

Certification

Systems

Link 14-18

An independent provider of certification, auditing, and testing services and standards.

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

Link 14-19

The organization labors to reduce negative impacts of the high-tech industry by promoting environmental sustainability and clean production.

Sustainable Enterprise Program

Link 14-20

The Sustainable Enterprise Program is an effort by the World Resources Institute to partner with corporations, investors, and business schools to "create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges."

WasteCap Wisconsin

Link 14-21

The organization helps Wisconsin companies find cost-effective ways to reduce waste, including electronic waste, building waste, and manufacturing waste.

World Computer Exchange

Link 14-22

The organization already has offices across the United States, but has plans to expand around the globe. WCE tries to make the process of donating old computers as easy as possible for companies and individuals.

Table 14-1 Organizations That Can Help Your Green Efforts (www.greenitinfo.com/links) (Continued)

Table 14-1 Organizations That Can Help Your Green Efforts (www.greenitinfo.com/links) (Continued)

Well, that's our pitch for greening your IT department. Although we've said it often throughout this book, the fact of the matter is that by making ecologically responsible changes to your organization and your IT department, you can lessen your organization's impact on the environment and the impact on your bottom line. There's an initial cost up front, but in the end you'll save money.

Don't think you need to do everything at once and expend a huge amount of money up front. Changes can be made gradually and over time. For instance, when it's time to replace your client workstations, consider going with thin-client or low-power options rather than buying overpowered computers.

The important thing is to make any change. Whether you decide to jump into greening efforts with both feet and revamp your whole system, or you just decide to virtualize a few servers, you're still making progress. Hopefully, if you do opt to make one small change, it will inspire you to make many more.

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