Buying Certified Green All Year Long

This column is brought to you by Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations started by Google and Intel in 2007.

As the New Year approaches many of us are thinking about resolutions for 2012. And if you’re anything like me, reducing green house gas emissions and saving on energy costs whenever and wherever possible are at the top of the resolution list. One of easiest ways to reduce emissions and energy consumption – both at home and at work – is by purchasing computing equipment and technologies that meet well established industry guidelines for energy efficiency.

While Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) may be best know for helping to save the global IT industry well over $2 billion in annual energy costs through the use of power management on PCs and servers, we also maintain an online catalog of energy efficient computing products. This is where consumers, businesses and organizations will find hundreds of computing technologies – such as desktops, laptops, smartphones, servers, tablets, power supply units (PSUs) and power management software – that meet CSCI’s specifications for Bronze, Silver and Gold energy efficiency levels.

And as demand for sustainable information and communications technologies (ICT) continues to grow among consumers, CFOs, CIOs and IT and procurement teams, so does the CSCI Product Catalog. This month, with the release of our third white paper on network energy efficiency, we’ve announced an expansion of the CSCI Product Catalog to include technologies from networking vendors. This will allow network system designers and procurement professionals to more easily evaluate networking platforms for energy efficiency based on standardized metrics and best practices from CSCI members who are global leaders in the networking industry.

CSCI isn’t the only organization that offers a listing of certified energy efficient technologies. ENERGY STAR™, a CSCI partner and supporting member, offers a wide range of energy efficient products through its ENERGY STAR Label program. The ENERGY STAR Label is the trusted government-backed symbol for energy efficiency and is designed to help consumers and organizations save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Technologies that have earned the ENERGY STAR Label range from appliances, building products and lighting and plumbing supplies, to computers and electronics for both consumer and business markets.

If green electronics are on your 2012 buy list, EPEAT® is another great resource for helping purchasers identify, compare and select environmentally preferable technologies. The organization provides manufacturers with information for the design and development of greener products, and offers a registry for identifying computers and other electronic equipment based on EPEAT environmental ratings that include energy use and recycling criteria. The EPEAT registry includes over 3,000 products from over 40 manufacturers around the globe.

If your New Year’s resolution includes going greener by buying more energy efficient computing and electronics products, or if your 2012 procurement plans include developing RFPs that are loaded with energy efficiency requirements, these are some of the organizations that you can trust for technologies that have proven to be energy efficient. They are also the organizations that are helping businesses of all sizes more easily meet sustainability objectives through the purchase and deployment of ICT that has been evaluated and certified for energy efficiency.

About the author – George O. Goodman is the Executive Director of Climate Savers Computing Initiative. Follow and interact with Goodman on Twitter at @gogoodman.