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Green Computing

Green Computing is the design of technological systems and computing products that reduce the use of energy, natural materials, and hazardous substances. The focuses are concentrated on the reduction of the use of hazardous materials, maximized energy efficiency during the product's term of use, and recyclability or biodegradability of a defunct product. A New View audit of your existing IT infrastructure is the first step to increased cost savings and sustainable practice. Our recommendations may include the following:
  • Vendor Selection Criteria
  • Telecommuting Programs
  • Thin Client Solutions
  • Hardware Purchasing Standards
  • Open Source Software
  • Outsourcing

Some Facts

Information-age technology is not a clean industry; a single PC consumes about 1800 pounds of raw materials and generate 139 pounds of waste including lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium. All of these chemicals are linked to high rates of cancer and birth defects. Currently, eWaste accounts for 40 percent of the lead, 70 percent of the heavy metals, and a significant portion of the organic chemical pollutants in our dumps and landfills. The problem is acute; right now, there are 500 million computers in the United States alone that are in need of recycling!

Power consumption is also a major cost associated with electronic equipment. The typical PC system uses between 150 and 250 watts of power, and costs about $100 per year to operate in electricity costs alone. Servers are much more resource intensive; in fact, the electricity bill for operating a typical low-end server is now larger than the its initial price tag!

Regulations and Standards

California became the first state to impose an advance recovery fee (ARF) on the sale of electronic products; the fees collected go to fund the recycling program. And in Maine, computer manufacturers will be held responsible for the handling and recycling of computer monitors. At least 26 other states are introducing eWaste legislation this year.

The standard, IEEE 1680(TM), "Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products", is the first U.S. standard to supply environmental guidelines for institutional purchasing decisions involving desktop and laptop computers and monitors. It offers criteria in eight categories - materials selection, environmentally sensitive materials, design for end of life, end-of-life management, energy conservation, product longevity and life-cycle extension, packaging, and corporate performance.