Regular readers of this blog may have picked up on the fact that Schneider Electric is a big supporter of The Green Grid, a global consortium dedicated to promoting resource efficiency in IT and data centers. In fact, our VP of Global Industry and Government Alliances, John Tuccillo, serves as Chairman of the Board and President of The Green Grid.
It was gratifying, then, to see the organization honored as a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate in the Sustainability category, which recognizes organizations that have implemented major IT sustainability initiatives over the past 5 years by reducing energy consumption in IT equipment.
I think it’s a great choice because no other single organization has done more to advance resource efficiency in data centers and business computing than The Green Grid. As we’ve documented previously in this blog, the consortium produces metrics, models and educational resources that help companies make real gains in terms of energy efficiency. In fact, the group estimates it has helped the industry reduce power and cooling energy consumption by more than 20 percent over the past 5 years.
It’s also a great honor, as the Computerworld Honors Program is now in its 25th year and has a long history of acknowledging innovative IT achievements.
“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society function,” Computerworld Vice President & Publisher John Amato said in a statement about the awards. “Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance an organization’s ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”
And here’s what John Tuccillo had to say about the honor:
The exponential growth across every industry through IT-enabled energy productivity is the result of an ever-widening diversity of managed data sources that are transforming the way businesses operate. Reconciling this accelerated productivity with efficient, sustainable IT ecosystems is enabled via several critical metrics, models and best practices. These tools, like those created by The Green Grid, have given the power to measure, manage and make drastic improvements in efficiency into the hands of organizations around the globe. The Green Grid is proud to be recognized by Computerworld for its contributions in advancing resource efficiency and will continue to drive towards a more sustainable future.
If you haven’t checked out some of the tools The Green Grid offers, do yourself a favor and visit the Library & Tools section of its web site today. We’ve touched on some of these tools in the blog before, such as the Data Center Maturity Model, which helps companies benchmark their data centers against others and answer what-if questions about various potential changes. Check out this post to learn more and see a video with John Tuccillo discussing the model.
We’ve also reported on The Green Grid white paper, “Data Centre Life Cycle Assessment Guidelines,” which provides a framework for companies to conduct a complete lifecycle assessment of their data centers and measure its environmental impact. And John himself recently blogged about The Green Grid’s Free Cooling maps, which make it clear that most any data center can be taking more advantage of “free” cooling – and saving money in the process.
This is all good stuff, but it really only scratches the surface of the many valuable resources The Green Grid churns out on a regular basis. For that, we say “thank you” and offer our hearty congratulations on a well-deserved 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate.