The environment has initiated conversations that deal with information technology, and the government is starting to chime in.
In January 2007, Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) introduced a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to analyze and report to Congress about the growth and energy consumption of computer data centers by the federal government and private companies.
The tech industry contends that energy consumed by IT offsets 10 times more energy that would be consumed in other areas in the absence of IT. For example, business meetings are frequently conducted via teleconference, which only a few years ago would have required some or all of those involved to travel.
Tech CEOs push for green computing (Computerworld)
Unfortunately, quantifiable results are difficult to come by when it comes to environmental goals. There are several Web sites out there that challenge consumers to reduce their carbon footprints. Similarly, there are a number of technology workers and executives moving into "clean tech" companies, but many businesses have been slow to move, as IT-related energy consumption has at least doubled since 2000.
Taking the Web 2.0 route to green tech (News.com)
Tech vets making leap to green tech (News.com)
I was recently asked to research a new law passed by the Texas Legislature, which will require publicly-funded institutions (like the community college I work for) to implement energy-saving software if the Department of Information Resources determines that there is a cost benefit. I suspect that as energy costs continue to rise, businesses will be forced to do something to reduce their consumption as the bottom line is affected.
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