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September 2007

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Bush Warms to Green Funding

September 28, 2007

President George Bush today proposed the creation of an international fund to finance research into clean-energy technology. He announced that U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson would reach out to other governments soon to discuss next steps.   Speaking at a White House-sponsored climate change conference, the president urged the global community to set targets for curbing emissions, but stopped short of accepting the mandatory limits proposed in the Kyoto Climate accord.   Bush has long contended that the Kyoto agreement is not in the best interest of United States financial policy.   “We share a common responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while keeping our economies growing,” the president said. “Each nation must decide for itself the right mix of tools and technology to achieve results that are measurable and environmentally effective.”   Just before Bush took to the podium, administration staffers handed out a booklet to the assembled media that emphasizing that the president was serious about the issue.   The handout contained the following statements:
  • Myth: The president refuses to admit that climate change is real and that humans are a factor.
  • Myth: The U.S.

IBM Dishes on Big Green Innovations

September 26, 2007

GreenBiz has an interesting interview with IBM’s Sharon Nunes, who heads the Big Green Innovations program, and Wayne Balta, IBM's Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs. Executive editor Joel Makower speaks with the IBM execs about the company’s Big Green initiative as well as the convergence of Information technology and so-called ‘cleantech.’   In the interview, Nunes talks about:   “…how we can use information technology or materials and engineering processes, skills that we have on hand, how we can use that IT technology to help solve some of these important problems around IT — around clean tech issues.   To read more, check out Makower’s interview here.

Intel's Catchy Green Slogan

September 26, 2007

Saw a catchy tagline in an Intel ad online: “Earth Day, Every Day.”     Clicking on the ad, and following the link takes you to Intel’s site where one can learn about the many ways that the chip maker is working to constantly improve its product line and “drive global standards, solutions, and products that ensure the delivery of energy-efficient performance while reducing overall environmental impact.”

Green Technology and IP Communications

September 11, 2007

If you ever wondered how IP communications and green technology are similar, take a look at this blog post explaining how it all works. We hope to see you at Green Technology World conference very soon. The show kicks off in a few hors and we can’t wait to host you.


September 7, 2007

As of the publication date of this interview with Codian’s Simon Downey, Norway-based video conferencing giant Tandberg announced that they are acquiring the high-definition (HD) video conferencing gear maker for $270 million in cash and stock. The deal, which is expected to enable Tandberg to more rapidly pursue current opportunities within its core videoconferencing and telepresence markets, is expected to close in the third quarter of 2007.   Codian designs and manufactures advanced video conferencing products, which include Multipoint Control Units, ISDN gateways, Video Conference Recorders and Streaming Servers.   Rick Snyder, President of TANDBERG Americas, is scheduled to kick off the Green Technology World Conference program with a keynote address in Petree Hall D at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Tuesday September 11 at 9:00am.   Snyder plans to describe in practical terms how adopting a strategy to reduce carbon emissions can increase a company’s brand value, driving competitive advantage.   “The key to engaging enterprises in the environmental movement is to identify CO2 reduction programs that can be implemented easily, do not sacrifice productivity, and demonstrate measurable ROI for an organization,” explained Snyder. “I am looking forward to sharing the experience of our customers who are reducing their carbon footprint by eliminating unnecessary business travel and implementing visual telecommuting programs.”   While we will no doubt hear more about the two companies as the acquisition progresses, I’d like to share this interview I conducted with Simon Downey, senior product direct at Codian, about telepresence and the evolution of the IP communications space in general.   Downey will be presenting during the upcoming ITEXPO as part of a panel discussion titled The Dawning of Telepresence.

Green Technology World Conference is Here!

September 7, 2007

I’m really looking forward to my trip out to Los Angeles tomorrow for next week’s Green Technology World Conference. We’ve assembled quite a lineup for this inaugural event, and I’m excited about moderating several panels at the event: one on the Greening of the Datacenter and one on the Future of Green Technology. This is going to be good!   Rick Snyder, President of TANDBERG Americas, is scheduled to kick off the program with a keynote address in Petree Hall D at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Tuesday September 11 at 9:00am.   Snyder plans to describe in practical terms how adopting a strategy to reduce carbon emissions can increase a company’s brand value, driving competitive advantage.   In case you haven’t yet heard, TANDBERG has acquired high-def videoconferencing gear maker Codian for $279 million in cash and stock.   The reason I’m all over TANDBERG this morning is I’m very impressed with the company’s commitment to educating the market on how green technologies can help lessen everyone’s impact in the environment.   I urge you all to take a look at the company’s green Web site at   In addition to providing a series of five steps to reduce your carbon footprint, TANDBERG provides several links that will help Web site visitors to:  
  • Understand your impact on the environment
  • Increase your awareness of green issues
  • Do more by getting your workplace involved
  • Learn how companies are taking action
  I hope to see you at next week’s Green Technology World Conference!   Registration for the event is open now.


September 7, 2007

Is the ultracapacitor the ultimate green technology? Capacitors charge and discharge rapidly but can can hold less energy. By contrast a battery charges and discharges slowly but holds more energy. The ultracapacitor is designed to be the best of both worlds allowing quick charges and large amounts of energy storage.   One company on the forefront of this technology is EEStor. The Texas based company could be on to something here and the automotive industry is certainly watching closely. Here are some details on the company, its founders and what could go wrong.

Digital Realty Trust Releases Green Study

September 6, 2007

Digital Realty Trust released the results of a study looking at senior decision makers in North American corporations who are directly responsible for strategy, planning and technology evaluation for datacenter operations.   According to Chris Crosby, Senior Vice President at Digital Realty Trust, “Our goal for this survey was to determine whether the greening of the datacenter is a passing fad or represents the emergence of a deeper trend in technology that will permeate the industry for years to come.”   Among the findings announced by Digital Realty Trust, 55 percent of companies polled have already established a detailed green datacenter strategy, more than 80 percent of companies polled confirmed that their green datacenter strategies go beyond computers and servers but also include facility design and operations and more than 60 percent of respondents project that having a green datacenter strategy will become an important factor in their vendor selections over the next 24 months.   Further, 73 percent of respondents  said that there is no clear industry standard for what meets the criteria of being a truly “green datacenter.”   “These data points indicate that green, energy-efficient datacenter trends have been adopted more quickly and more deeply than previously believed,” said Jim Smith, Vice President of Engineering at Digital Realty Trust.   Smith will be participating in a panel discussion titled “The Greening of the Data Center” at the upcoming inaugural Green Technology World Conference on Tuesday, September 11 from 3:15 to 4:00 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Registration for the event is now open; click here to sign up.

Green Technology Conference Doing Well

September 6, 2007

Thanks to all the readers of TMC’s green blog for supporting the Green Technology World conference taking place next week in Los Angeles, CA. Our attendance numbers are far ahead of where we thought they would be based on the limited time we had to market this event. We now expect up to 2,000 people to register for the show when all is said and done. In addition there may be some of you who don’t want to use a computer to register just so you can lower your carbon footprint.

Green Barbeque

September 5, 2007

It isn’t easy eating green but the good news is your backyard cookouts aren’t as bad for the environment as you might think. Still there are things you can do to become an even better world citizen. Make sure you stay away from disposable plates and cutlery and be sure to use DEET-free insect repellents. Here is more from CNN.

Have an appetite for more information on green technologies? Be sure to come to the Green Technology World conference next week in Los Angeles, CA.

Will Suing Polluters Help Us Breathe Easy?

September 4, 2007

Polluters are the next target in our litigious society.   In a CNNMoney article, staff writer Steve Hargreaves is reporting on a series of lawsuits that environmental groups are bringing in an effort to “force polluters to change their ways.”   According to Hargreaves:   In the U.S., plaintiffs are trying three general tactics: ·        Seek monetary compensation for damages caused by global warming; ·        Force polluters to clean up by saying they are a public nuisance, and ·        Redesign projects currently on the drawing board by applying local laws requiring carbon emissions to be considered in any new development.   So far, no judgments against polluters have been issued. But several cases are pending.     It’s an interesting article that shows just how serious green groups are about forcing polluters into cleaning up their mess.   Check out the article and then feel free to share your thoughts below. Is this an example of using the full authority of the law to help curb polluters? Or is it yet another case of a litigious society gone mad?

Eco One

September 2, 2007

I have a confession to make. I like sports cars. Does that make me a terrible person? Well the answer from an environmental perspective was a resounding yes – until now that is.
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