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Re: Green Tech and Greenbacks: The Money Case for Eco-Friendly Computing
Posted by: Jack M. Germain 2008-04-15 07:28:55
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One interpretation of the term "green computing" focuses on the machine's energy consumption. The less power a computer needs, the less harm to the environment it does -- and the less the owner has to spend on energy costs. Are those energy savings enough of a reason to make major enterprise buying decisions based in part on how green a computer is? A recent report by Ohio University's Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee says they are. The need for companies to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints extends beyond the data center itself, according to the study.

Recycling of Electronics Products
Posted by: Solarphile 2008-04-15 07:39:47 In reply to: Jack M. Germain
Great article! On the subject of recycling of PCs and peripherals (and other electronics products): it's important to ensure that these are handled by authorized recyclers or sent back to manufacturers who adopt extended producer responsibility practices in designing their products and for recycling of materials and parts at the end of their useful life. Many discarded electronics products are ending up creating enormous environmental and health concerns in third world countries. The workers have no knowledge of the dangers of handling the heavy metals recovered from these products.
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