The Changing Workplace In the
last 50 years, the information age has radically changed the workplace. This change has happened so rapidly, our notion of what it means to be an information worker is just starting to catch up.
Mountains of E-Waste • 113,000
computers are discarded every day in the US. • Only 18% of computers are being recycled • About 80-85 percent of discarded electronics were disposed of in landﬁlls EPA 2008 Study
Energy Waste & Emissions •
Nearly half the power coming out of the wall is wasted and never reaches the processor, memory, disks or other components • A computer that rarely gets turned off can produce close to a ton of C0² emissions per year
Staples E-Waste Recycling Program •
Available 7 days a week at all stores • $10 Fee for large items such as computers, laptops, monitors, and printers. • Small items like keyboards, mice, printer cartridges are free • All brands accepted, doesn’t matter if you purchased it at Staples.
EPA Plug-In Partners • Many
manufacturers and retailers have already committed to collecting, reusing, or recycling old electronics. EPA recognizes the following Plug-In To eCycling partners for their efforts
Green IT Reaches Tipping Point
in Europe • Almost half of European enterprises are addressing the green and sustainable challenges facing them • 34% have a green IT strategy in place now • 14.5% real cost savings in 12 months • Company saves nearly 23.2 million euros per year Source: 2008 IDC survey sponsored by Dell
20 Reasons Why Web Apps
are Superior • Never installed • Low-cost support and • Updates are seamless maintenance • No legacy • User’s data is kept safe in • No admin rights required hosting environment • Available anywhere, anytime • No Viruses • Platform independent • Low cost global distribution • Less environmental conﬂicts • Lower software price entry point • Enables social possibilities for customers • Lower cost of sale • Access to the entire assets of the • Usable from inexpensive PCs Web (APIs, widgets, messaging, • Piracy-proof collaboration) • No bad debts • Mobile is here • Widest potential audience Source:Vinny Lingham
The Age of the Netbook
• A netbook is a laptop computer designed for wireless communication and access to the Internet • Cheap and available. • Software and Apps Accessed Online • Inspired by One Laptop per child
Open Source Open source is
a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more ﬂexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.
Carpools and Public Transportation •
Carpool Matching: Offer carpool-matching services that allow employees to ﬁnd co- workers that live near them. • Bike Racks: Encourage biking and walking to work by providing bike racks outside of the ofﬁce. • Parking Incentives: Provide parking incentives such as closer/shaded parking spots for carpoolers. • Telecommuting: Consider telecommuting to allow employees to work from home one day a week work. • Four day workweek: What about a workweek with four 10-hour days instead of ﬁve eight- hour days?
“Sitting is Hard Work” •
Author Galen Granz examines the role of the chair in modern work culture. • “Human beings bodies are not designed to hold any single posture for long periods of time”. • Arguement against the modern ‘chair- desk complex’.
Greening Manager Saves you Money
• Hire an Greening Manager. It will be beneﬁcial to have someone in the ofﬁce whose sole job is to initiate, engage, and monitor greening initiatives. • The money spent on paying somebody to hold this position will be well worth it when you get your utility bill and help save our planet.