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28 by 2020? Meeting the Government’s Sustainability Goals

- March 18, 2010 - 23 Comments

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and everyone at Cisco is still thinking green.  We just launched our Borderless Networks Architecture, which includes new EnergyWise capabilities that will allow our customers to reduce the energy consumption of PCs and other IT devices, among other things.  Combined with our Networked Building Mediator technology, we’re now able to help customers lesson the overall carbon footprint of their IT and buildings systems.  

Given that, I’ve been thinking about President Obama’s recent commitment for  the federal government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2020 and how technology can play a role.  Solutions such as virtualization, collaboration, and connected real estate (or “smart” buildings) are already bringing to agencies lower costs, greater energy efficiency, and increased employee productivity. 

The U.S. Postal Service used to train its employees face-to-face. Using collaboration technologies USPS can now train its employees remotely without the need to travel, as mentioned in my recent interview with Federal News Radio. The agency contributed to environmental sustainability by lowering commuting emissions, but also expects to reduce its annual travel costs by approximately $10 million and lower voice conferencing costs by 50 percent.

Government entities with large real estate footprints have a significant opportunity to use technology to unite disparate systems, save costs and reduce energy emissions. This Government Executive article states how an Army base could avoid conflicting heating and cooling systems and save significant resources.  And on the state and local front, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General reaped a 40 percent reduction in energy usage by using server and storage virtualization technologies, as Government Computer News states in its most recent cover story titled “Virtual Success.”

Schools and universities can also benefit from technology to become more efficient.  For example, watch this video on how Ave Maria University in Florida has achieved building efficiencies and enhanced services by integrating building systems, and is saving over $1 million in building costs and an estimated annual savings of $600,000 from utility usage efficiencies.

These are just a few examples on how government at all levels as well as universities are helping advance our nation’s sustainability goals.  And more can be done.  Collaboration between the private and public sectors to make the President’s vision a reality could even help government reach 28 percent before 2020.  And that’s green!

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23 Comments

  1. It is fantastic to see the likes of Cisco are environmentally conscious. Many other large corporations should follow suit!

  2. @Jhon cctv: I agree that they are able to share lesson about he overall carbon footprint of their IT and buildings systems"", but I think that the price would be expensive... I wait to see it in real!"

  3. Schools are slowly grabbing onto the fact of technology movements in the ranks.

  4. These are some great initiatives the government is implementing for sustainability and going green"". However, we're still left with a multitude of natural sources of emissions, etc. that we need to be aware of, especially in light of the BP debacle. These natural sources have to be fully included and addressed in any kind of comprehensive policy."

  5. Thanks for providing such valuable information.The initiatives taken by federal and other state govt. along with many big Universities towards saving energy consumption will really help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is only a starting point and still it requires many such initiatives from other Governments and Organizations of other countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.This will help us to facilitate our coming generations to live healthy on this planet.

  6. ecology will be our main goal and preocupation in future so it is good to intent some actions now..!sorry for my bad english

  7. I think schools are finally starting to take notice of how this technology can really have an impact on the learning process.

  8. Estimated annual savings of $600,000 from utility usage efficiencies ?. Wow very nice.

  9. @Keith Andrew I agree with you...Government entities with large real estate footprints have a significant opportunity to use technology

  10. This numbers shows how much money can be saved while working smarter and thinking green. If we really try to implement new technology instead of doing it the way it's always been done, we can achieve great results very fast.

  11. It is great that you are able to help customers lesson the overall carbon footprint of their IT and buildings systems.Thanks for good post.Great work.

  12. I love how a giant of a company like Cisco is so environmentally conscious. You guys really do help the image of the corporate world in this regard.

  13. Excellent in all aspects. This is an enlightening blog post that has opened my eyes to new avenues that need to be explored. Keep it up.Keep blogging.

  14. Interesting thoughts bruce. I think we can do this by 2020, although some of the other energy requirements set by the government seem to be too lofty at this point...

  15. I didn't even know government has sustainability goals... It's good to see the effort!

  16. Very positive stuff coming from the people at cisco! We need to think about our future and with companies taking a pro-active approach it gives me hope for the future and our kids!

  17. ut also expects to reduce its annual travel costs by approximately $10 million and lower voice conferencing costs by 50 percent""wow.. is that true?"

  18. Reduction in the consumption of PC and other IT devices will be a great relief to the customers...A good move made by Cisco...congrats

  19. Estimated annual savings of $600,000 from utility usage efficiencies ?. Wow very nice.BTW, today President Obama’s visited to my country. and i hope with visiting of President Obama's Could bring the government and the economy better.

  20. It is always great to hear about companies keeping green. Although it doesn't suprise me coming from a company like Cisco that is always focused on the environment.

  21. I think $10 million a year of travel savings done by the U.S. Postal Service is a great example to all enterprises on how to do a smart use of today´s technology on communications.

  22. In order for the greenhouse gas emmisions to be reduced 28% within 10 years there needs to be more happening now than currently is. And most importantly everyone needs to do their part in helping this cause.

  23. When it comes to reducing emissions you hear a lot about low hanging fruit. It would seems that infrastructure like this can really account for large chunks of energy efficiency.

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