Uptime Institute's 'Global Green 100' to honor corporate leadership in IT energy efficiency

Dec. 5, 2008
December 5, 2008 -- In order to raise awareness and honor organizations that are leaders in improving enterprise IT energy efficiency, the Uptime Institute is accepting nominations for its Global Green 100 list.

December 5, 2008 -- In order to raise awareness and honor organizations that are leaders in improving enterprise IT energy efficiency, the Uptime Institute (Santa Fe, NM) announced that it is accepting nominations for its Global Green 100 list. The Institute, a think-tank and advisory to owners and operators of the world's largest enterprise data centers, has created the list to highlight the important achievements of companies with an integral commitment to and progress toward reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprint.

"The Institute is calling for dramatic improvement in IT investment decisions and executive management, which will eliminate or defer new data center construction," comments Kenneth G. Brill, Uptime Institute's executive director. "We created the Global Green 100 to publicly acknowledge and set as an example large companies on their way to saving hundreds of millions of dollars and tons of carbon dioxide emissions in the next 10 years by considering facility costs in their IT investment processes."

Members of the Global Green 100 will be eligible for Uptime Institute's annual Green Enterprise IT Awards - co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy - which promote and celebrate innovative strategies and proven best practices for significantly reducing enterprise IT and data center energy consumption. The 2009 Green Enterprise IT Awards winners will be announced at the Institute's "4th Annual Research Symposium: LEAN, CLEAN, and GREEN," taking place April 13-16, 2009 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

The first companies to be named to the Institute's Global Green 100 include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Eastman Chemical Company; Eastman Kodak Co.; and General Electric.

Winners of the 2008 Green Enterprise IT Awards that have also been named to the Global Green 100 are: AOL; BMO Financial Group; Hewlett-Packard Co.; Nationwide Mutual Insurance; NetApp; Office Depot; Sun Microsystems; and United Parcel Service.

To qualify for the list, FORTUNE 500 and InformationWeek 500 organizations will demonstrate their board-level policy and governance commitment to increase energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of their enterprise IT and data center operations. They must also show management's dedication by having named an internal "Energy Czar" to head their energy initiatives.

A notable honoree on the list so far is Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), an Uptime Institute Site Uptime Network member and a winner of the Institute's 2008 Green Enterprise IT award. HP announced this week that it has reduced annual energy consumption in its data centers by 60%, as it decreased the number of servers by 40%, a re-structuring that increased processing power more than threefold. Consequently, HP says it has cut its IT operating costs by about half, leading to savings of $1 billion a year in IT spending.

For more information on the Global Green 100, click here.

For more information about the Institute's 4th Annual Institute Research Symposium LEAN, CLEAN, and GREEN, click here.

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