Green Computing

In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA) launched Energy Star, a voluntary labeling program designed to promote and recognize energy-efficiency in computer systems and other electronic appliances.

The term "green computing" was coined shortly after the Energy Star program began and generally referred to power consumption-related issues. The modern use of the term encompasses not just energy use, but also includes energy conservation.

All public and private sector organizations today should incorporate a commitment to using 'green' technology in their corporate vision statement. Their plans and policies should include a commitment to:
  • green computing, recycling, and waste management;
  • green computer systems constructed of biodegradable materials;
  • green computer systems that are energy efficient;
  • computer systems powered by ‘hybrid’ green energy sources;
  • green computers and energy conservation;
  • computer systems housed in green buildings;
  • training & certification in green computing;
  • green operating practices and procedures; and
  • green ‘open source’ software solutions. 

Computer Waste

E-waste continues to be the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the U.S., according to the EPA. E-waste represents 2% of America's trash in landfills, but makes up almost 70% of overall toxic waste. Only 12.5% of e-waste is currently recycled.  -  DoSomething.Org

Green Computing

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