Green technology and that of green IT are the new popular trends that are happening around businesses and homes worldwide. The concept of being environmentally friendly is not a new one; however, using it to align strategies within a home or business in regards to being friendly to the environment itself is new.
While there isn’t a definitive definition for green IT, San Murugesan – author of Harnessing Green IT – defined it as the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment.
But what exactly does that mean? And what could it mean for your business or company?
Murugesan outlined four different paths that environmental effects should be addressed in terms of computing –
So how can you or your business invest in green IT? It’s actually not as difficult as one would think; even the smallest amounts of reduction can make a huge difference. Just turning off the computers in your office when you and your employees go home; if working on a task, place computers in sleep or hibernate mode, which keeps the current state in memory, but turns off the hard drive and monitors.
Many local retail computer stores will offer to recycle electronic equipment. All that needs to be done is to drop off the component at the store and they will recycle the item for you. And, in the case you are looking for new components, many products are designed with energy efficiency in mind, which can also help in your green computing use.
David G. Peterson is a business consultant and author of Handling the Remedy. He has extensive international experience managing projects and operations for large financial institutions. He has worked in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia skillfully managing business and technical requirements, core systems enhancement and support, merger and acquisition integration's, business process reengineering, off-shoring and outsourcing.