I’m glad to see there are more and more trends toward making computing datacenters as power efficient as possible. There are options now for lower power consumption servers, more datacenters are using solar and alternate cooling methods to further reduce their carbon footprint, and then there is Facebooks datacenter – which is described as the most energy efficient in the world. Nice. Here’s a link to more information – Facebook Datacenter.
I started a new job about two months ago at a company called MonsterTrak. They specialize in entry level jobs for college students and recent grads, as well as others looking for an entry level job. I noticed right away that there were several things around the office that indicated they were, at least in the realm of, thinking green. Most things aren’t what I would consider to be impressive, but as a whole I am impressed that they at least acknowledge there is a need to be green.
The most noticeable things are:
- – signs, mugs, and cups that offer the age old mantra of “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.”, as well as some tips on how to accomplish those things (see the image at the bottom of this post)
- – we all telecommute one day a week
- – actual recycling bins in the breakroom area
- – a soda machine instead of cans of soda
- – a water cooler instead of bottles of water. This is important for me to note since my last job *only* had bottled water and wouldn’t even consider getting a water cooler – even though I continually brought it up….
- – the building is Energy Star certified – although that’s not the companies doing, but still pretty cool
Another impressive thing about the company is that they have a new Green Careers section of the site. There aren’t many jobs posted yet, but it has only been available for about two weeks.
Things I’m trying to do here to do my part is to recycle as much as I can since they make it so easy to do, educate my co-workers if there is an opportunity to (most of them didn’t even notice the recycling bins until I pointed them out!), and I’m starting a little herb garden at my desk that will hopefully provide some garnishment, be aromatic, and provide some entertainment (no – I’m not expecting them to become animated and do tricks). I bought the herb garden kit at Lowe’s for less than $5 and it comes with a mini greenhouse, six little planters, growing medium, and a pack each of parsley, basil, and chives. I went to a store close to work and also got cilantro and oregano as well to add some variety. We’ll see how it goes.
Here’s a picture of one of the signs hung up around the office that I mentioned earlier:
It wasn’t what I set out to do, but it was a pleasant surprise to find out that my new job is with a company that is conscious about environmental issues and has things it place to promote green habbits. There are signs up all over the office about “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, they have an energy efficient coffee machine from Flavia.com, a soda fountain (i.e. no cans), water coolers (so no bottled water, like at my last job), recycling recepticles, and even the building is Energy Star rated. I didn’t even know a building could be Energy Star rated!
I’ve been a little busy lately coming up to speed at the new job so I haven’t been updating as often as I’d like, but I will take some pictures and post them sometime this week.
I just found out tonight that the Sun Chips Modesto California production facility is powered by solar energy (*not sure how much tho, they don’t say), and they purchase solar credits to offset “100% of the electricity required to make each and every bag of SunChips” in their other seven facilities. Bravo Frito Lay, I am impressed. Now when they switch to a corn polymer bio-degradable bag then I’ll be REALLY impressed.