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Cool Data Center Idea Cuts Costs, Even in Heat

Dell Fresh Air solutions could reduce operational costs and environmental impact
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Data centers housing large amounts of IT equipment have enabled real advances in our technology-focused world. Dell customer Bing Maps, for example, uses its modular data center in Boulder, Colorado, to process the millions of images that make possible its detailed global maps.

But as any data center manager will tell you, all those servers also mean a lot of aggregate electricity consumption.  And, the power consumption of those servers generates heat, requiring air conditioning for cooling which can consume even more electric power.

Kohler Co. and California Institute of Technology’s Solar-Powered Toilet Heads to India Toilet Fair

The off-the-grid toilet aims to provide safe sanitation to rural India
Press Release

KOHLER, Wis., Mar. 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ – In conjunction with World Water Day, Kohler Co. and Caltech embrace the next milestone of a more than two-year collaborative journey in the development of a photovoltaic toilet as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Car Companies Take Expertise in Battery Power Beyond the Garage

By Todd Woody
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Originally published by The New York Times

DAVIS, Calif. — As more homeowners generate their own electricity from solar panels, they still need power from a utility after the sun goes down.

Now, automakers say they may have an answer, by storing that carbon-free energy in electric car batteries for later use.

Honda Smart Home US Offers Vision for Zero Carbon Living and Mobility

Project achieves more than 11 tons of CO2 reduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle
Summary: 
  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 
Press Release
  • Super-efficient “living laboratory” seeks to address two major sources of U.S. CO2 emissions: cars and homes 
  • Project achieves more than 11 tons of COreduction per year compared to a conventional home and vehicle 
  • Honda home energy management system (HEMS) maximizes the home’s energy efficiency while communicating with the electric utility to improve grid stability 
  • Home surpasses California’s 2020 target for zero net energy residential construction 
  • Member of University of California, Davis community will live in home, drive Honda Fit EV (electric vehicle) 

Solar Power’s Future Looks Brighter and Brighter

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In the U.S. solar power continues to lead all categories as the renewable energy mode of choice. Last year, it made up 29 percent of all new electricity capacity, second only to natural gas at 46 percent. In 2014, solar power is projected to grow by another 26 percent, according to GTM, a research firm. The Department of Energy expects solar to provide 27 percent of all electricity in America by 2050, a huge increase from its less than one percent total today.

Hilton Worldwide Celebrates Earth Hour and the Power of Living Sustainably with Projects around the World

Press Release

MCLEAN, Va., March 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ – For the fourth consecutive year, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) hotels around the world will support the forthcoming celebration of Earth Hour 2014 from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. local time on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Setting Our Game Plan

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By: John Schulz, AVP of Sustainability Operations

March Madness is almost upon us — soon the office pools will begin, and the TVs will invariably be tuned to college basketball.

We’re in a March Madness of our own in the sustainability world: reporting season is upon us, and we are working on filling out CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), crafting our Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)-aligned report and responding to the other surveys and requests for information that abound in this space.

SAP Plans to Power All Datacenters by Renewable Electricity

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Following Facebook's lead earlier this month, SAP wants everyone to know how much it cares about the environment, starting in the datacenter.

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Following Facebook's lead earlier this month, SAP wants everyone to know how much it cares about the environment, starting in the datacenter.

How Can Your Company Help Save Water This World Water Day? It’s Easy, and FREE

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Buildings across the country use water as a cooling agent. In 2012, AT&T embarked on a project with the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to identify water savings opportunities in our cooling system process.  

Based on our findings we took actions to decrease our water usage. And, we created a free toolkit with resources to help other organizational leaders and facility managers jump-start their water management programs and realize potential water savings of 14-40 percent.

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