WebEx video conferencing is green IT because it reduces travel for people who typically attend meetings in person. Using WebEx allows virtual teams to easily collaborate with distant colleagues and clients. Of course it also saves time and money.
The Green IT Summit is a yearly event held in the Washington D.C. area around Earth Day.
Jim Lynch, from TechSoup, explains more about the awards:
This year the summit covered more than just green IT, and included sessions on clean energy, water efficiency, achieving zero waste, greening the supply chain, and sustainable communities. The Green IT Council handed out six awards in green IT including ones for cloud computing, data center innovation, desktop virtualization, energy management solutions, energy efficient computing, and teleconferencing and telework.
Telework is another name for telecommuting, or working from home, and is perhaps the biggest trend in green IT. According to the Telework Research Network, 45% of the U.S. workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least part-time telework. The estimated 2.9 million U.S. telecommuters save 390 million gallons of gas and prevent the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gases yearly. The practice grew by 61% between 2005 and 2009. So getting the award for best telework and teleconferencing solution is a big deal indeed.
Cisco is committed to helping people work, live, play, and learn in an environmentally-friendly way. It is reducing its carbon footprint, engaging customers, partners and employees in efforts to manage its impact on the environment and developing IT solutions to help address climate change. Cisco’s vision is to use technology to transform the way the world responds to its environmental challenges.