Green IT

Green IT

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 –

  • Green use – green use is the actual use of a computer. Think about your company’s end of the business day or even when you go to bed at night; many of us will usually let the computer run, so that it’s easier to get straight back into what we were doing before we left. With green use, this means to use a computer’s sleep or hibernate mode, which turns off the hard drive and monitor and saves your current state so that you can get back to work.
  • Green disposal – when we update computers, most of the peripherals will get thrown out into the trash. Unfortunately, these are often filled with hazardous toxic waste that is contributing to the environment’s damage. With green disposal, these materials can be sent back to that of the manufacturer or even a local retail store which will recycle the item for you.
  • Green design – green design is the designing of more energy efficient materials or devices. These are usually to help reduce energy consumption, from quieter and faster processors that of energy efficient power supplies.
  • Green manufacturing – green manufacturing is concerned with placing a low impact on the environment when making parts. This usually means reducing the content of CO2 emissions into the air.

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 Peterson

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.