Webinar: IT Energy Savings for Libraries: Identifying and Understanding Opportunities to Reduce Costs

December 17, 2015, 11:15-11:45 am
Register here.

Special guest: Mike Walker from EPA’s Energy Star program

Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Sustainability Roundtable (SustainRT).

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu.

Webinar: Data Center Efficiency — What Climate Change, Energy & Sustainability Managers Should Know

December 2, 2015
noon-1:30 pm CST
Register at http://acco.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=697973

This webinar will explain data center energy efficiency opportunities in an easy-to-understand manner, empower participants to spot ways to reduce energy costs in a data center or server room, and provide information on free resources that can be leveraged. Attendees will hear case studies from experts at IBM, SAP, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Energy and facilities managers, energy efficiency advocates, sustainability professionals, and IT managers will benefit from this important discussion.

October 2015 issue of NTIS National Technical Reports Newsletter features e-cycling publications

The October 2015 issue of NTIS’ National Technical Reports Newsletter features a sampling of new and historic information on electronics recycling that is available from NTIS via the NTRL website. The issue also includes links to the public access plans of several federal agencies and an overview of NTIS’ new NTRL database.

New report on energy-efficient computing

Read the full story from the National Science Foundation.

A report that resulted from a workshop jointly funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and National Science Foundation (NSF) outlines key factors limiting progress in computing–particularly related to energy consumption–and novel research that could overcome these barriers.

Dell cuts e-waste with recycled carbon fiber

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The overall electronics industry has been slow to address the dual threat and opportunity that e-waste presents, but tech giant Dell is making some of the first inroads to a more “circular” supply chain. The company recently announced progress against its circular economy initiatives, including the expansion of its closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain and the introduction of reclaimed carbon fiber source materials into some of its products.

The benefit of more electronics recycling? Try $10 billion

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

The industry’s biggest computer hardware and gadget manufacturers have been pretty quiet about their commitments to accounting for natural capital — aka the environmental costs related to their business activities.

That’s not to say they aren’t experimenting with recovery and reuse initiatives. Dell and Hewlett-Packard have been particularly innovative about creating closed-loop processes for putting recycled plastics back in service. It’s just that with the exception of Dell, no one company is really talking about these programs from a global perspective. At least not publicly.

It actually turns out the computer and electronics industry as a whole does pretty well when it comes to limiting its impact on natural resources, such as water and precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum.

The cost is an estimated $39 million per every billion dollars in revenue, according to a recent analysis by Trucost on behalf of the Greener Electronics Council, the organization behind the EPEAT green products registry. That compares with an average of $194 million for other sectors.

But there’s a compelling financial case to do more, especially when it comes to recovering precious metals. Increasing the recycling rate to 100 percent industry-wide could generate an estimated $10 billion in cost savings and natural capital benefits, according to Trucost.

Perch lets you turn nearly any device with a camera into a smart home security system

Read the full story from The Next Web.

For home owners and renters alike, there are countless of gadgets that can help them remotely monitor their home through a smartphone. Perch, a new startup born out of the Samsung Accelerator program, wants to do away with useless hardware and let you turn a camera you may already own into a security monitor.

Instead of requiring customers to buy additional hardware, Perch lets you use any USB-based webcam, smartphone, laptop or tablet as the point of capture. The Perch app allows you to dictate the area of the screen you wish to monitor and send an alert when it notices unusual movements.