Water Usage: Are you Leaking Cash?

Water Usage: Are you Leaking Cash?

Emissions and energy get the spotlight when it comes to sustainability programs but water is actually the most limited resource your company is likely to deal with.  Some of you reading this may find that surprising.  You may react initially by thinking the idea is a little silly.  Take a deeper look and you'll find just how serious the issue is.
 

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Design a Data Center that has a furnace and you should be fired.

Design a Data Center that has a furnace and you should be fired.

Data centers are a particularly thorny issue when a company is addressing it’s sustainability profile.  The energy profiles for large IT facilities are typically monstrous in size and that makes it difficult to accommodate a company’s desire to reduce it’s footprint.  Google, Apple and Microsoft have made headlines recently in the design of their facilities and (in the case of Apple specifically) their commitment to using solar power to run the facilities but is that really the most important factor to consider?

Making a commitment to invest in a data center usually means that your company is moving in the right direction.  You have enough demand for what you're doing that you need to make a big investment in the next phase of growth.  There are gong to be a lot of decisions to make on hardware, architecture and suppliers not to mention strategy but it may surprise you that the biggest two choices should be made not on the basis of technology but on the basis of partnerships.  Those two questions are:

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What part of a Carbon Footprint is Your Fault?

What part of a Carbon Footprint is Your Fault?

Hello and welcome to Climate|Money|Policy where we explore climate change as a business issue and an opportunity to grow your organization.  In this post we get into the details of questions about carbon foot printing with enough depth to create clarity for the average executive.  In doing that we'll lay out some ways to think about the numbers and how they could impact your decision making.

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Divestment - the PR boost that costs you nothing

There's a huge push on right now to move money out of fossil fuel investments.  Cities, universities and pension funds of all stripes are moving money away from carbon-based investments and reaping great press while doing it.  Why is this happening and how can your marketing department make hay with it?

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Should your organization be talking about sustainability?

Do you have inside council devoted to your legal concerns?  An inside six-sigma master blackbelt for your continuous improvement?  Do you have whole departments for tax and accounting staff or social media?  Not likely.  Few companies need these services to be full-time and in-house but they do need the services.  Sustainability works the same way and tends to follow this pattern:

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