Wednesday, April 22, marked Earth Day 2009. Last year CIOZone partnered with the New York chapter of the Society of Information Management (SIM) to call on the IT community to reduce eWaste and conserve energy. Once again, we asked our members to take the Green Pledge, share ideas Green IT success stories.
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CIOZone is a proud supporter of Earth Day and the technology industry’s efforts to adopt safe eWaste practices. This week we ran a serious of articles on Green IT and eWaste, a summary of which can be found in our Earth Day Special Report (provide link). But in addition to the articles we highlight, there was a lot happening in support of Earth Day this year and technology companies were leading the way.
Last year the U.S. government mandated that Federal agencies purchase 95% or higher environmentally preferable electronic products. How are the Fed’s doing? Not bad. According to the Green Electronics Council, at least half of Federal agencies met or exceeded the goal.
When Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, few could have imagined the computer revolution that lay ahead, or its resulting stream of eWaste. One company, CRS of Tampa, Fla., has developed an innovative solution to the problem: a machine named David that feeds on a steady diet of electronics.
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When most CIOs think about implementing a Green IT strategy, they focus on such things as reducing data center costs. But what about using business intelligence systems to unlock savings from your data warehouse? That’s exactly what BNSF Railway has done, by analyzing out how to run its trains more fuel efficiently.
Also See: Take the Green Pledge The State of Green IT
This year some 70 million computers will be sold in the U.S. But what will happen when businesses and people are done using them? The E-Waste Taskforce, of which the CIOZone is a member, is conducting a survey of IT professionals to get a better handle on what's happening with electronic waste disposal. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the survey.
Old monitors, outdated CPUs, and boxes full of dusty peripherals that accumulate in IT storerooms should be disposed of properly. IT managers should educate themselves on environmental best practices and the legalities involved in disposing of electronic waste.
This year some 70 million computers will be sold in the U.S. But what will happen when businesses and people are done using them? Ogilvy and Mather CIO and Senior Partner Atefeh (Atti) Riazi has been a champion in getting the industry to take more responsibility for eWaste. In this interactive presentation, she shares an overview of the problem.
Computer and electronics manufacturers have made significant progress in implementing programs for reclaiming and recycling the products they make, but because there are no standards, there is confusion. CIOZone surveyed the major manufactures on their recycling policies and compiled the results.
eWaste: Becoming Part of the Solution
A number of worthwhile environmental initiatives are underway to deal with the eWaste problem, but it can be difficult staying on top of those initiatives. CIOZone presents a roundup of some of the best sources of information on eWaste to help bring you up to date.
Code Green: How America and the Earth Can Benefit
It is one of the computer and electronics industry's most damaging problems. Millions of discarded computers, monitors, printers, televisions and other electronic products continue to be shipped overseas for recycling. Without proper safeguards, men, women and children are being exposed to a toxic mix derived from this industry's eWaste. This week CIOZone will take an in-depth look at the problem and what steps the industry is taking to clean up its own mess. Part 1 - A Heavy Burden: Cleaning Up the Industry’s eWaste.
What Every CIO Needs to Know About eWaste
In his latest book, Hot, Flat and Crowded, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman argues the world is running out of time save itself from the triple whammy of population growth, modernization and globalization. But the good news is certain Green strategies would be good for renewing America and the planet.
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Group Discussion: Everyone in information technology is talking about Green IT. But how is your company responding to the push for more environmentally friendly technology products? The Women in IT Group is looking to find out. Join the Group and join the discussion.