Industry urges government to go green

Power IT Down Day to be held Aug. 27

Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp. and the public-sector division of Citrix Systems are urging government and industry employees to shut down their computers, monitors and printers on Aug. 27 for Power IT Down Day.

The companies are promoting the effort as a way to focus attention on potential energy savings. A recent report from HP and Intel concluded that if PC users were to use power-management techniques, such as turning off their computers at night, cost savings could reach more than $80 billion -- equivalent to conserving almost 1.5 billion barrels of oil. The report, cited in a press release from the companies, did not specify the time frame for the savings or the source of the figures.

The companies are encouraging employees to turn off their computer equipment when they leave their workstations for the evening on Aug. 27 instead of allowing monitors and printers to sit idle.

As part of the promotion, the companies held a Virtual Chief Information Officer Roundtable Aug. 12 called Green IT in Government, with panelists from the General Services Administration, Oregon state government and Citrix's Virtualization and Management Division. The companies said they plan to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area as an example of ways companies could spend money saved by greening their enterprise architecture.

Government and industry can register online to participate. Registrants will receive reminders and have access to additional information about energy conservation and green solutions. The Web site will also have a counter that shows how many people have committed to turning off their computers at the end of the workday.

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