Cloud Computing And Carbon Emissions

IBM Cloud Computing

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If I were an IT worker, these are the types of wins I’d be on the lookout for. Not only is this a boon to corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, it’s just more efficient. Very few companies are in the email infrastructure business, and there’s a reason for that. Stick to what your good at and look to specialists to supplement the rest.

"The study found that for large enterprises, cloud-based applications can reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with their servers, networks and storage infrastructure by 30 per cent or more. In one case, a consumer goods company cut its IT infrastructure emissions by 32 per cent by moving 50,000 email users from internal email infrastructure to Microsoft’s cloud."

via ft.com

 

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Hershey And Fair Trade – New Report

According the Global Exchange Report —

"Hershey has no policies in place to purchase cocoa that has been produced without the use of labor exploitation, and the company has consistently refused to provide public information about its cocoa sources. Additionally, Hershey has made no move to shift to third-party certification for the cocoa that it sources from West Africa. No information is available from Hershey about how the money it has invested in various programs in West Africa has actually impacted reductions in forced, trafficked, and child labor among the suppliers of its cocoa. Finally, Hershey’s efforts to further cut costs in its cocoa production has led to a reduction in good jobs in the United States."

Hershey's Syrup, circa 1950s

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The Sustainability Forces Wheel

I ran across this diagram from Andrew Winston this morning. It paints a clear picture of  the “interrelated forces” at work. That’s one of the challenges when trying to help an organization move towards sustainability. Once they can see the big picture, dependencies and linkages can be better understood and addressed in an incremental way. There’s no big bang in sustainability, but it helps if you can see the solar system.
 
 

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The Pro-Climate Change Collective — 3,000 Businesses Create New Ad for Climate Change Action

CleanTechnica had details recently on how businesses large and small have banded together to get climate change on the front-burner in Washington.

American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE), the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and other businesses outside of these organizations have created a new national advertising campaign to push for swift action on this important legislation.

It’s no coincidence that big oil and chemical companies aren’t represented. But you can bet they’re mobilizing their own lobbyists and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a counter ad campaign soon. Let’s hope this continues to move forward with vigor.