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We here at Sustainable Hosting are keenly tracking the latest Green IT trends in technology and news. We aim to provide a point of referece for making sustainable decisions and becoming more aware of green practices. Follow us on Twitter @SustainableHost

Here is some local news from around the nation that we can all smile about!  :)

via [sustainableindustries.com] by Dana Sagona

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For anyone who has ever wondered what this new world of Green IT is, check this out!

via [greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com]

Green IT: Saving Money, Saving the Environment (in higher education)
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2pm, ET

“Technology drives higher education, but unfortunately, it’s also a tremendous drain on the environment. It doesn’t have to be that way. Innovative programs from Alcatel Lucent and Bell Labs are at the forefront of eco-sustainability efforts, providing ways to save money while saving the environment”

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Now this is something that we can follow the lead on!  ;)

Nearly six billion tons of CO2 can be saved through better use of IT, says IDC

Phil Muncaster via [V3.co.uk], 10 Dec 2009

Nearly six billion tons of CO2 emissions could be saved by 2020 through the intensive use of IT, according to a landmark new report released today by analyst firm IDC.

Launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen today, the ICT Sustainability Index ranked the G20 nations according to their ability to reduce emissions through IT.

The UK was ranked in an impressive third place behind the US and leader Japan, and tied with Brazil, France and Germany.

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We all must realize that Green(er) IT is the way of the future.  We must all consume less, even our companies.

via [zdnet.com] Posted by Heather Clancy

Hmmm. Will the notion of “green IT” pure and simple rise again in 2010?

Was just sorting through some data released by CDW, the SMB technology reseller, which regularly tracks the buying and technology strategy intentions of “IT decisionmakers.” The company just released its third annual Year in Review survey, which is part of its CDW IT Monitor research series.

If you look at the list of top IT priorities in 2010, “energy efficient/green IT” is second only to information security: 44 percent of the 1,043 IT decisionmakers named information security as their top priority, compared with 29 percent who named energy efficient/green IT. Actually, green IT was tied with mobility as a priority. In any case, ALL of these priorities were substantially higher than cloud computing, which was named as a top priority by 14 percent of the survey base.

If you dig deeper into the numbers, green IT was much more of a priority for large businesses (38 percent) and midsize accounts (34 percent). Only 15 percent of small businesses, on the other hand, cited it as their top priority — in this case lower than mobile technology.

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Now here is an idea that can catch on more.  I love how we are now starting to think about solutions that involve the natural order of the planet!!  :)

via [inhabitat.org] by Jessica Knoblauch, 12/08/09

sustainable design, green design, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, Honolulu, deep-sea system, air conditioning, green energy, Waikiki, underwater technology

Frigid seawater pumped in from the ocean’s depths will soon help cool more than half of the buildings in Honolulu’s downtown. Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning LLC, which is undertaking the $240 million project, expects its technology to cut the Hawaiian city’s air conditioning electricity usage by up to 75 percent while slashing carbon emissions and the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants.

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This is one of the keys to life.  If you can master creative visualization, the world is your oyster.

via [huffingtonpost.com]
by Jen Grisanti

With the year coming to an end, I would like to explore the themes of renewal and clarity. For every writing career that I have helped launch, two things have occurred. First, I could clearly see the writer's talent and was able to use my passion to help others see it as well. Secondly, the writer had a clear vision of his/her own success. In the book, THE ANSWER: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life, John Assaraf & Murray Smith write, "...Events in your business are the reflection of your thoughts, the echo of your own actions and the thinking behind them...You are at cause in your life and in your business." In the New Year, what do you want to achieve the most? Do you have clarity in your goals? Can you let go of the past and pursue your goals with renewed passion?

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I don't know how I would feel about trying to remove my server from an "electronic friendly liquid" to service it, but it sure sounds like a winner with 93% savings on cooling costs!

A recent effort from startups is under way to move liquid cooling from the computer enthusiast realm into the commercial data center industry. What’s the lure? Big energy savings. But is that enough to get IT managers to roll up their sleeves and get their hands wet?

A couple of weeks ago, Sheffield, UK-based Iceotope showed off a liquid-cooled server system at the Supercomputing 2009 show. Iceotope says its technology can cut data center cooling costs by a whopping 93 percent by dropping servers into an electronics-friendly liquid. And, as it turns out, it’s not the only liquid cooling startup in town.

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Thanks to UCLA and Scott Sherman, we are able to take his class, "Sustainable Living: Environment I".

Scott Sherman

Course Description

ESLP is a student designed, student developed, and student facilitated program offered through UCLA's Institute of the Environment. ESLP runs a Lecture Series which brings guest speakers from UCLA and across the country to speak on specialized subjects including food systems, green business, organic gardens, sustainable living, the green economy, environmental justice, transportation, as well as sustainability projects across Los Angeles. More information can be found at www.eslp-la.com. Some clips and images may have been blurred or removed to avoid copyright infringement.

See the Lectures here. [academicearth.org]

 

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Here come the Germans again! They are doing a magnificant job of leading the world in the use of clean technology.
via [BBC]
Freiburg
Design and insulation standards are very high in the German city of Freiburg

Fancy living in a house without central heating? Reducing the amount of energy we use to heat our homes will be vital if Scotland is to meet its climate change targets by achieving a dramatic cut in greenhouse gas emissions.

But that doesn't have to mean shivering until spring. BBC Scotland's environment correspondent David Miller has visited one German city which is leading the way in sustainable living.

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Sustainable IT, is the wave of the future.  Don't let the "Man Made Climate Change" debate sway your best practices.

 


The recent leaking of emails and code from the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit has kicked off many discussions about climate change and specifically whether it really is man-made. This disclosure coming, as it does, to coincide with the Copenhagen Summit is likely to be downplayed by politicians and the IPCC as it stands to undermine everything they hope to achieve. After all, if there turns out to be no foundation to mankind exacerbating the climatic change then there will be no need for Global economic measures nor for Governments to impose taxes or levies based on CO2 emissions.

Is this, therefore, the end for Green movements and more specifically for Green IT?

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This is going to be the future.  We will all need to start accounting for everything we use from gas in your car, to electricity for your hairdryer.  Monitoring and alerts will definatly impact the bottom line.
For years, both commercial and residential property managers have adhered to a fixed set of job responsibilities – collecting rent, coordinating maintenance requests, renewing leases and attracting new residents.

One more job responsibility – managing and forecasting a building’s carbon footprint – should be added, according to Ross Sharman, director of Australia-based Knowledge Global and Oracle Magazine’s 2009 Green IT Architect of the Year.

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