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‘Green IT for Sustainable Business Practice’ — A Valuable Perspective on Green IT

UK-based author Mark O’Neill’s new book “Green IT for Sustatiainable Business Practice” is the essential guide to greening for any nonprofit, library, or really small to medium sized office.

Described by Amazon as a “sensible, clear-sighted guide to emerging standards, rules, business processes and best practices in a complex and ever-changing sector,” “Green IT for Sustainable Business Practice” is one of the few books that focuses on the expanding concern for greener technology. It is such an important topic when one considers that “the electricity consumption of PCs is growing by five percent year on year” O’Neill states.  “In an average small to medium sized enterprise electricity consumption accounts for ten percent of an IT department’s budget.”

O’Neill’s dissection of green business is based mainly on the bigger picture; world-wide developments in global warming. It offers practical suggestions to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Replace older PCs with energy efficient EPEAT gold-rated PCs and replace CRT computer monitors with more efficient LCD models.

Some of the more obvious practices for any business that O’Neill advocates is the proper recycling of computers and the donation of electronic devices to schools or charitable organizations through third parties, like Computer Aid International.

Moreover, O’Neill’s book covers more general practices to running a sustainable business. He touches upon the subject of virtualization; cloud computing and software as a service — like those run by Google. He also breaks down how to work independent of location, through remote access solutions such as webcams, instant messaging voice-conferenceing and Internet video calling.

For any business looking to better understand emergent technological practices, for green business this book will be a valuable tool. If anything O’Neill offers a unique, non-U.S perspective for business leaders committed to greening their enterprise.

6 Ways to Green Your Technology

Earth day connotates green pastures and blue skies, happily taking in natures’ bounties. But seriously, when can we  get away from our PDA’s or stale office air?

This isn’t supposed to be a nihilist viewpoint for the future, more a realistic blend of everyday life with a greener version. Since most of us will be spending our Earth Day surrounded by 2.0 tech, why not make that as green as you can.

Here are just a few of the ways you can green your IT, or use IT to green your organization this Earth Day:

  • Print Green. Did you know that the age of the Internet has actually increased our paper consumption? (Not to mention all those toner cartridges.) Set the computers in your office to print double-sided — and set them on draft quality to cut down on the paper and toner you go through. Bonus: it will save you money too!
  • Recycle your old equipment. Take laptops, old boxes of toner, thumb drives, broken keyboards, or old power supplies to places in like Free Geek. Not only will they put the used tech to good use, they’ll give people great work skills while they do it. There are programs like Free Geek all over the country and a myriad of other options for recycling your tech junk, even at retailers like Office Depot and Best Buy.
  • Join the Green IT Consortium on LinkedIn. They have great and useful discussions to help you follow through on your Earth Day resolve every day of the year.
  • Two words: Smart Strip.
  • Skip The Commute. With web-based software, web conferencing, laptops, and smart phones, it’s easier than ever to skip the office entirely. Managing a remote workforce can be challenging, but letting your staff skip the commute, even just a couple of days a week, is a great benefit for them, and for the Earth.
  • Buy green electronics. Greenpeace has a handy guide to help you choose electronics from the most environmentally-friendly companies.