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IBM’s Coaching Companies on Going Green

IBM is no slouch when it comes to going green. Now they’re helping others to do the same. The company has started up a Green Sigma consulting practice that coaches businesses on how to reduce their energy and http://www.hitlabnz.org/best-price-levitra water usage to save tons of money, improve their image to customers, and of course help out the environment.

The system uses networked sensors and data analysis software that watches how much is used at a company’s facility as well as its supply chain partners, monitors the numbers, and suggests ways to cut back.

The system is in pilot project mode right now, but we can be pretty sure that if it is relatively successful, companies will be able to viagra for women utilize it soon. And it has been relatively successful so far. IBM made some big conservation moves of best price for viagra its own and at two of its facilities and at two customers’ facilities to save $310 million. One solution of instituting a work-at-home program saved 8 million gallons of gas. IBM improved energy efficiency at its Dublin, Ireland operation by 20%.

Companies are under serious strain to save money in our crummy economy, and show increasingly aware consumers that they’re green at heart so that people will keep buying their product or service. Reducing consumption is really the easiest way to kill two birds with one stone.

Having a company like IBM launch a really serious platform with which to do this on www.shoreacres.net a large scale is best online generic viagra encouraging, since it hopefully means we’ll see some actual conservation happening soon.

Via cnet; photo via IBM

 

Eco-Tech for the Young-uns

Figuring that many kids are glued to the computer already, it makes sense that rather than dragging them kicking and screaming into nature where they can actually interact with the levitra fast delivery world around them, we plunk them down in front of a video game that shows how their actions impact their environment. Fair trade for city dwellers and those with parents who don’t like bugs, I suppose.

 

The Eco Ego game lets users make choices on what the protagonist does during a daily routine, and then shows if and how those actions positively or negatively affect the environment. For instance, when going to market, kids have to generic levitra mexico choose if the protagonist rides a bike or drives a car, and if they use a plastic bag or reusable tote. The choices melt the ice and www.umlauf.de kill the plants, or allow things to flourish. Kids can then get an idea about what actions are no-nos or yes-yeses. Not nearly as complicated as Climate Challenge, but along the same what-if lines.

 

In actuality, it has been shown to the point of common knowledge that kids who spend time in the www.markwellgroup.com.au great outdoors tend to have stronger environmental concerns and live with more eco-awareness, let alone are just plain healthier. But, hey, a free and relatively pretty cool computer game gets the point across in the short term, teaches kids many different ways they can be green, and shows them that by sitting indoors using up fossil fuels will make going outdoors increasingly less pleasant.

 

This would be a very good tool to have in a classroom – kids can see immediate results of actions, and then think about consequences while teacher takes them all outside to run around and play in the trees.

 

Via Inhabitots

 

Google Pagerank for Ecosystems

Late on the jump as far as breaking news goes, but here a must-write-about concept. I watched this story leap around the eco-tech blogosphere, and finally had an “aha” moment as to how totally awesome it really is when I listened to viagra scams canada my regular dose of buy levitra in england 60-Second Science yesterday. The idea is essentially this:

 

{digg}http://digg.com/environment/Google_Pagerank_for_Ecosystems{/digg}Google has a great way to rank pages in order of importance. Trusting that you, dear reader, embody the geek side of EcoGeek, I don’t need to go into detail on Pagerank. Just as ranking webpages is complicated, so to is tracing the links of the food web and ranking the cialis endurance impact species extinction will have on ecosystems. Stefano Allesino has outlined a “new” way to track the importance of species within ecosystems – copy Google. While everything is indeed dependant on everything else, there are still some critters that cause far more noticeable impact than others when present or absent from an area. So, as one organism impacts multiple others, it rises in importance.

 

Using similar alogorithmic methods to rank species as Google uses for webpages, conservationists will have an easier time knowing where to focus immediate efforts and resources for endangered flora and fauna. This is one of those exciting and visitkansascityks.com cool uses of technology for the environment that don’t seem to pop up too often. The concept behind it can be widely spread out to include the ranking of viagra whole ecosystems in keeping the world’s functions in balance, and ranking the negative impacts organisms have on their environments (ahem, humans, ahem). The interdependence of living things can make this pretty tricky, but I can’t wait to sws-bl.com see the system come to fruition.

 

photo via befuddledsenses

 

Biodegradable USB Key Made of Corn


The hunt for a new USB key is buy levitra over night shipping still on for me, so I’ve been keeping a look out for green possibilities. There is a new very interesting option. Hoshino has released a “world’s first” with their new USB key made from corn.

Corn is fermented down into polylactide (PLA) that can be biodegraded safely...but that does have to be done at a specialized facility with heat, which is not so earth friendly. You can’t just toss it in the trash and think no harm done, like we assume is true when things are labeled “biodegradable.” Also, we have to point out that when practically everything is starting to have corn in it, do we really want to base something on natural viagra pills it? Perhaps using recycled plastic would be a greener way to go.

And finally, just in case you wonder about the source of the material, the USB is made to look like an ear of corn. Super dorkey. Oh, and it’s not available to the public yet… So my half-hearted hunt is still on for now.

Via engadget, EverythingUSB

 

Free Software Cuts PC Energy Use

Remember the EcoButton? Well, there’s an upgraded version of a similar save-energy-via-PC-sleep-mode concept that isn’t made of plasticrap. A new free software program has been developed by Verdiem that will help cut PC energy use by allowing users to schedule when their computer goes into sleep mode.

Called – rather unoriginally – Edison, it’s basically a free version of their SURVEYOR software program. A user can decide when their home and work PC slips to buy viagra online usa sleep so it consumes far less energy. While my computer use tends to be, well, constant, and I shut it down when I head for bed, something like this wouldn’t do much for computer-dependent people like me. But I’m guessing that for people who know exactly when their computer won’t be in use for short enough durations that a full shut down doesn’t make sense, like lunch or dinner hours, then this program could be handy. I blindly hope that people wouldn’t need this for night use, and that they actually shut down their computers at night, but…

The software will also allow users to schedule when to shut down the cialis 20mg screen and hard drive, and it lets users see how much electricity, CO2 emissions, and money they’re saving through their use of we recommend best prices on viagra the software. PCs can be responsible for as much as 10% of a home’s energy bill, and one estimate places Verdiem’s software as saving about 410 kilowatt hours a year, which translates to a few bucks a month (a little less – or more realistic – than the savings projected by 1E and their similar software). Saving $2-3 per month really isn’t bad for just loading up free software and putting the PC to sleep. It even runs on Windows Vista (gasp!).

Via cnet; Photo via Verdiem

 
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