Choosing Green Computers: A New Microsoft Website
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – GreenerITChallenge.org is an innovative website launched by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to help consumers find environment-friendly computers. Consumers can support the environment by purchasing certified PCs that have been manufactured in more sustainable ways.
The website also dwells upon ways in which old personal computers and laptops can be disposed of safely, or reused and recycled to reduce the impact on the environment. When old machines are disposed of properly, they do not end up in a landfill. The website also provides tips on how computers can be used more efficiently in terms of energy usage.
The website provides both text and video based information about eco-friendly computers. It gives useful links to green IT standards, such as e-Stewards, EPEAT, WEEELabex, R2 Solutions and Energy Star.
Josh Henretig, Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability group manager, says that the company’s commitment to greener buying decisions is notjust a resource for others, but also an indicator of Microsoft’s greener business practices. The company has a policy on purchasing greener PCs, configuring them for power-saving features, and disposing of old PCs properly.
The company brought out a white paper on energy saving practices last year that would lessen the environmental impact of computers used by Microsoft. The company managed to bring down its energy consumption as a result of these practices by nearly one-third, reduced its carbon footprint, and saved money.
Microsoft engages with companies and groups all over the world to support proper disposal of unwanted or obsolete technology, and refurbish it for others who may need it. This allows old machines to find a new life and keep out of landfills.
Source: IT Pro
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