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Computerworld and Network World: The Best of Green-IT

    Is your company reducing energy consumption in its IT equipment and using technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions? Or do you know of a company that is a green-IT innovator?

    This year, Computerworld and Network World are teaming up to identify the top organizations leading the way with green-IT efforts and the coolest green-IT products in use and on the horizon. We’re seeking

    input from organizations that are both reducing energy consumption in their IT equipment and using technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions.

    Computerworld will feature two ranked lists in its Oct. 25 issue and online: One of the top green-IT end-user organizations and a separate list of the top green-IT data center suppliers/vendors. Network World will feature the most effective green-IT products, as cited by all survey respondents, in its Oct. 25 issue and online.

    Please fill out our short survey below or forward this link to the person in your company best able to answer questions about IT energy issues.

View last year’s special report here:

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/335943/Fertile_Ground_for_Green_IT_Innovation

PLEASE NOTE:

    ? To be considered for this list, organizations must employ a minimum of 50 employees overall. ? Organizations named to previous years' lists *ARE* eligible to be named to the list again this year. ? The product portion of the survey isn't scored nor does not impact rankings.

SURVEY DUE DATE:

    Surveys should be submitted by Thursday, July 1st at 12:00 noon EST. Organizations selected for the list will be notified in August.

    *ALL answers are required. You will not be able to submit your survey or continue to the next question if an answer is left blank.

    *If you have any questions regarding this survey, or problems with it, please e-mail topgreen@computerworld.com or you may contact Ellen Fanning at (508) 820-8204 or Mari Keefe at (508) 626-4906. Or visit our Web site for more information or for an FAQ about the program: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9043499/Computerworld_s_Top_Green_IT_Organizations

Section 1: YOUR ORGANIZATION

    Full organization name:

    Address:

    City:

    State:

    Country:

    ZIP:

    Company URL:

Which best describes your organization’s industry?

    Select answer

    Other, please specify

    What is the total staff size at your organization? Do not use commas, decimal points or text. Please write out the whole number.

    What is the total *IT* staff size at your organization? Do not use commas, decimal points or text. Please write out the whole number.

    (**Please note that these numbers are strictly confidential and will be used only in aggregate averages**) What is your organization's approximate annual revenue? Do not use commas, decimal points, text or dollar signs. Please write out the whole number. Do not write 1B or 2M etc. If non-profit, enter zero.

Not applicable, we are non-profit

Section 2: CHECKLIST

    Please indicate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements regarding TOP LEVEL green-IT initiatives:

    Yes No

    Top executives (e.g., CEO) have made an explicit, vigorous commitment to energy efficiency. Organization has set and published goals for energy efficiency, energy savings and/or carbon reduction. Organization has a green-IT expert or experts on staff (either within or outside the IT department) dedicated to developing and monitoring green-IT practices for the organization as a whole. Organization has program to encourage or require employees to save energy (e.g. turn off unused monitors).

    Organization explicitly encourages employees to suggest, identify and spread practices that save energy. Purchasing practices favor energy-efficient products.

    Purchasing practices favor recycled products.

    Selection of external service providers favors those with commitments to energy conservation and carbon reduction.

    Organization is a member of a "green" consortium or group dedicated to energy conservation.

    If your organization is a member of a "green" consortium or group dedicated to energy conservation, please select all applicable memberships:

    Green Grid

    Climate Savers Computing Initiative

    Green Computing Impact Organization, Inc.

    Green Electronics Council

    Other, please specify

    Please indicate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements regarding MONITORING AND MEASURING green-IT initiatives:

    Yes No

    IT managers see and analyze electric utility bills.

    IT managers have a financial incentive program in place to lower electric utility bills. The IT and facilities departments have teamed up to reduce IT electric bills.

    Organization measures electricity consumption for IT equipment and for data center infrastructure.

    Organization has performed an audit/assessment of IT and data center power consumption. Organization has systems or sensors in place to monitor temperatures in the data center. Organization participates in utility energy-saving or load-balancing programs.

    To measure data center energy efficiency, organization uses The Green Grid's power usage effectiveness metric, or PUE, which is the basis for The EPA's upcoming Energy Star rating for data centers. To measure data center energy efficiency, organization uses The Green Grid's data center infrastructure efficiency, or DCIE.

    Please indicate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements regarding EMPLOYEE PRACTICES and RECYCLING green-IT initiatives:

    Yes No

    Organization has program to recycle unused/discarded high-tech equipment (e.g., old PCs and monitors).

    Organization has program to recycle technology-related consumables (e.g. printer cartridges and printer paper).

    Organization explicitly encourages telecommuting and provides the necessary equipment & support.

Organization has videoconferencing systems that can substitute for travel.

    Organization mandates the use of videoconferencing, or has cut travel budgets to force increased usage of videoconferencing.

    Please indicate your agreement or disagreement with the following statements regarding FACILITIES/DATA CENTER green-IT initiatives:

    Yes No

    Organization has installed energy-efficient HVAC and building automation controls. Organization uses power management software.

    Organization has reduced IT equipment energy consumption by at least 5%.

    Organization has improved IT equipment energy efficiency by at least 5%.

    Organization has implemented server virtualization to reduce the number of servers needed. Organization has revised its data center layout (or design) to reduce power demand. Organization uses alternative energy supplies (e.g. solar, wind) to provide power to IT facilities or systems. Organization uses “free-cooling,” or the process of pulling in cooler outside air, to cool the data center.

    Organization has replaced servers more than 3 years old with new energy-efficient models. Organization has avoided the need to build a new data center because of virtualization and/or consolidation efforts, or through a combination of the efforts above.

Section 3: ESSAYS

    *Please describe your organization's efforts to reduce the consumption of energy (especially energy derived from fossil fuels) by information systems, as well as technology-related recycling programs and technology support for telecommuting. Please include information about the anticipated payback from these green initiatives, as well as a timeline for when the initiatives were begun and when they are expected to be fully in place. Also, you may use this space to clarify or elaborate on any of the answers you gave above. [Please limit your responses to 500 words.]

    *The IT department is increasingly being called upon to support organizations' sustainability efforts. Please describe how your organization is training its IT workers to understand and implement energy strategies related to IT operations. [Please limit your responses to 500 words.]

Section 4: GREEN-IT PRODUCTS

    Please identify below up to 3 of the most useful and effective green- IT products you are using now.

1st Green-IT Product

    Product name

    Vendor name

    What is the benefit of this product in terms of environmental impact or cost-savings?

2nd Green-IT Product

Product name

    Vendor name

    What is the benefit of this product in terms of environmental impact or cost-savings?

3rd Green-IT Product

    Product name

    Vendor name

    What is the benefit of this product in terms of environmental impact or cost-savings?

    What types of green-IT products are you looking into for the future (either researching, piloting or considering purchasing)?

    If you could wave a magic wand, what IT product would you have to make your company more energy- and/or cost-efficient?

Section 5: CONTACT INFORMATION

Your contact information

    Name

    Title

    Organization

    Phone

    E-mail

    [OPTIONAL] If your organization has a specific representative who is most knowledgeable about your organization's green IT efforts, please list that person's contact information here: Name

    Title

    Organization

    Phone

    E-mail

    Please provide the name of the person, at the vice president level or higher, who can verify the facts provided above. That person will be e-mailed a verification statement that will require his/her signature:

    Name

    Title

    Organization

    Phone

    E-mail

    Are you interested in receiving information about Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT or Premier 100 IT Leader Programs? We'll contact you with information when the programs launch. Yes

    No

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