As a sustainable solutions person at our small business, [self-assigned so I can read the Daily Green at work, LOL], I am focused on our progress towards reducing our environmental impact as a business.
Surfing this week, I came across this link.
HP, Intel and Citrix, major corporate IT types, are sponsoring Power It Down Day. To participate, sign up at the URL, and then at COB August 27, 2008, turn off your computer, monitor and printer. Based on the number of people who sign up to power down one day, August 27, 2008, the IT three will calculate the kilowatt hours that will be saved. They will also donate a portion of the cost savings amount to the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area.
Turning off your computer at night seems an obvious choice for reducing energy use and dependence on foreign oil; however it was not common practice during my 13+ years in our small business. And while the approach seems simple, we are still working out how to support both power management and remote access to telecommuters with various schedules.
Part of our long term plans are to move away from network hardware and conduct our business using the same content management platform we use for our clients [they like it so much, we had to try it for ourselves, LOL]. Our eNetwork - public facing website with private access designed for small business operations - will be hosted by an eco-friendly company, assuring best use for energy consumption. Since our business operations are hosted remotely with greater efficiency, we can all turn off our computers at night, still have optimal accessibility, and sleep better knowing we are doing a better job all the way 'round.
I am encouraged by corporate activity towards sustainability. I hope others find Power IT Down inspirational and that it generates opportunity for discussion, new and better ideas, and all the other good things that comes with positive change.
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