Earlier this week, Dell joined Microsoft and 1E in a dynamic discussion about the role ‘green’ information technology is playing in solving the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
“The world is at the dawn of the connected era,” Dell Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs Michael Murphy told a gathering of New York-based IT executives. “The way we see it, there are clear opportunities to drive cost savings for our customers while improving the environment for the future, all through the power of ‘green’ information technology.”
Murphy highlighted Dell’s commitment to become the ‘greenest’ technology company on the planet, as well as the importance Dell places on customer idea sharing and partnerships in achieving this goal.
Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, Rob Bernard, touched on the role of software in reducing energy use and related CO2 emissions.
“Our role with partners represents a significant opportunity for software to help address worldwide environmental challenges,” Bernard said (Our own Sean Donahue was in New York for the event and posted a 1×1 interview with Bernard over at ReGeneration.org).
1E’s Sumir Karayi posed a challenge to the group: “If you’re in the office late at night, take a walk around and make note of how many PCs are left on. Think about the energy these systems are consuming.”
Last year, Dell partnered with 1E to power down employee systems at night. To date, the initiative has saved the company more than $1.8 million and avoided 8,500 tons of CO2 emissions worldwide.
Clearly, the enthusiasm around Green IT and other solutions to climate change is top of mind for customers. But just as important is the dialogue we’re having that enables us to learn from our customers and bring new ideas and innovations to the table. We encourage you to share your ideas by visiting IdeaStorm or joining the ReGeneration. Together, we can make a world of difference!