Green is in the Air

April is already proving to be an exciting month for the Dell ReGeneration team, not only because we’re busy getting ready for Michael’s Earth Day visit to the FORTUNE Brainstorm: GREEN, but also because we’re making great progress on our commitment to be the first carbon-neutral computer company.Last week, we joined with the CEOs of Waste Management and TXU Energy to announce that our global headquarters campus is powered with 100 percent green energy. Sixty percent of the power is wind-based and 40 percent comes from methane produced by a local landfill. We’ve already saved more than $1.2 million and avoided nearly 8,200 tons of CO2 by replacing lights and retrofitting air conditioning units throughout our central Texas facilities. We’ve also saved $1.8 million and avoided 11,000 tons of CO2 globally through a power-management partnership with 1E.

A few other events worth noting:

Low-Carbon IT Campaign – We’ve teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency in its "Energy Star Low-Carbon IT Campaign," another way to drive immediate cost savings through power-management.

Samsclub Joins "Plant a Tree for Me" –

Reconnect Program – Houston is the latest market to offer the Dell-Goodwill Reconnect program. Area residents can responsibly recycle their computer equipment at participating sites.

Facebook Graffiti Competition

Technorati Profile Café Re – The latest section of, Café Re is all about dialogue and self-expression…you can chat with others participating in the Graffiti contest and view the latest art being submitted by users across the globe.– Following up on the overwhelming success of the recent "What Does Green Mean to You?" campaign, we’ve partnered with Graffiti to launch a contest focused on "green" is the first online retail partner to join Dell in offering customers the option of offsetting the carbon impact of the electricity required to power their laptop or desktop, a historic expansion of "Plant a Tree for Me."

Our director of sustainable business, Tod Arbogast, recently spoke to the Federation of Small Business Annual Conference in London, where he provided an update on our progress to become the "greenest" technology company on the planet. Albert Esser, vice president for data center infrastructure, also visited with customers and reporters in Beijing to discuss ways they can increase their data center performance by more than 97 percent while utilizing the same space.

Lots going on, so thought you might appreciate a quick update. Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and comments on ways we can partner for a better planet. If you haven’t already, visit to join the 130,989 people who are already making a difference. We’ll not only listen, but keep making it easier for you to engage, communicate and integrate green into everything you do.

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