Day: January 2, 2013

Acclaimed Movers & Storage leads by example with biodiesel fleet

Read the full story in Biodiesel Magazine.

On any given day in Los Angeles, some 10 million people travel around the city, whether to work, or out on errands, or just out to get some fresh air. But with so many people, and a similarly immense number of vehicles, the air is not so fresh anymore. In fact, the city is often enveloped in a “fog” that is actually a heavy coat of smog. The carbon monoxide levels are only made worse by the many trucks, including moving trucks, which pump their diesel exhaust into the air with gusto. Because it’s an intense problem that every Californian has to deal with, it’s extraordinarily rewarding to find local companies that go the extra mile in the effort to protect the environment and reduce emissions. Acclaimed Movers and Storage, Los Angeles’ leading luxury, residential and commercial moving company, is doing just that with the conversion of all of its trucks to an ecofriendly biodiesel fuel.

Smartphone apps bringing energy management home

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

As smartphones continue to take over almost every part of our lives, managing our energy use at home may be the next thing coming.

At least that’s what four Canadian academics are projecting. A paper recently published in the International Journal of Sustainable Energy looks at how smartphones could significantly accelerate home energy audits for greater energy conservation over traditional methods, like having trained energy auditors driving from house to house to look at heating and cooling systems once every year.

Data centers: What does it take to heat things up?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

Keeping things cool has long been a mantra for data center operators, but new research suggests it may not be essential for everyone.

Data centers have historically operated at temperatures ranging between 64° and 68° Fahrenheit (or 17° to 20° Celsius), prompting them to spend approximately 44 percent of their total power budgets on cooling.

Originally, the varied mix of equipment and associated warranties dictated these relatively cool temperatures, and service level agreements (SLAs) often included explicit language about how much deviation was acceptable.

But while it’s true temperature control can affect equipment reliability and appropriate management and monitoring is needed for business continuity, new research supports the idea that higher temperatures are beneficial for most data centers.

So, how do you know when to raise the temperature, and by how much? Are there any changes recommended to reduce business risks?

Webinar: Dismantling the Barriers to Energy Efficiency

January 22, 2013, 1 pm ET
Register here.

Each year, Environmental Defense Fund works deep within dozens of companies to bolster smart energy management through EDF Climate Corps. To date, the program has identified an average of $1 million in energy savings at each participating organization. Along the way, EDF has learned quite a bit about how companies make decisions around energy investments, and the best practices for overcoming common implementation barriers.

This webcast will leverage the experiences and insights of two Climate Corps participating companies:

  • adidas Group has hosted three EDF Climate Corps fellows to help with energy management activities, one of which is Elizabeth Turnbull who later joined the company full-time as Senior Manager for Environmental Affairs.
  • Ingersoll Rand has hosted six EDF Climate Corps fellows, who collectively have identified $6.5 million in energy-efficiency opportunities.

In this free, one-hour webcast, you’ll learn:

  • How your company can take its energy-management program to the next level, whether you are just starting out or already a leader
  • How to chart your company along EDF’s recently published roadmap, the “Virtuous Cycle of Organizational Energy Efficiency”
  • Common barriers that keep companies from optimizing efficiency and the leading practices for overcoming them; and
  • How adidas Group and Ingersoll Rand identified millions in energy savings and overcame barriers to implementing projects