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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

New IT building: What is a Place of Work?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Our fairly intensive participation in the design process for the new IT building got me thinking about what a place of work is and why a knowledge New IT building NW perspectiveorganisation, like an IT division, would have one. The new building is essentially an office building: it will not house technical infrastructure such as the data centre, but will be the place of work for the division’s engineers, system administrators, technicians, architects, analysts, software developers, managers, etc.

Besides the admittedly exciting “green” design features, such as the vertical garden, optimal orientation, solar PV panels, rainwater harvesting, bicycle store, and various other efficiency elements that will make it far more energy-efficient  and sustainable than other buildings of its type, the other intriguing possibility that it presents is the opportunity to influence change in the culture of the IT division. The catalyst for this “change of culture” could be the university’s new norms that require that all new office buildings be “open plan”. For an organisation that has become accustomed to being housed for the past 25 years in what can only be described as a “rabbit warren” of cellular offices leading off dark, desolate corridors, this is a radical departure. There seems to be much trepidation and negativity about our “open plan” future, some of which at least is simply related to humans’ default discomfort with change of any sort 1. (more…)

Greenpeace calls for Internet companies to use renewable energy in data centres

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

From DatacenterDynamics:

Following its public outburst criticizing Facebook’s choice of location for its new Oregon data center, and more specifically the power supplier that provides power in the area, environmentalist group Greenpeace is going after all services provided over the Internet, referring to them cumulatively as “cloud.”

Citing electricity-usage and carbon-emission statistics in a 2008 report by the Climate Group, a non-profit organization that lists many prominent corporations and city, regional and state governments from around the world, Greenpeace’s new report titled Make IT Green calls for companies that provide services over the Internet to build their data centers in areas where power is generated by more renewable sources, such as hydro, wind or solar.

The group also calls on market leaders, such as Facebook and Google, to use their power to advocate for changes to government climate policies.