Earth Day Quiz

With Earth Day just around the corner, Sun has developed the quiz below.  Do your readers know the answers?

TRUE OR FALSE?

(1) In the average household, 40% of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.  Across the US, this equals the annual output of 17 power plants.  True or false?

(2) The electricity consumed by the world's data centers produces nearly 200 million tons of CO2 per year -- more than all the cars in China.  This means that every person who bids on ebay or uses email is contributing to global climate change.  True or false?

(3) Only 25% of the world's population is online at present.  Three million new people get online every week, requiring over a million square feet of new office space for data centers each year to support them.  True or false?

Answers:  All are true.

While the world now depends on technology to map global warming patterns, find cures for illness and reduce auto usage through e-commerce, technology can be a part of the problem as well.  To address this, Sun has innovated the most efficient server on the planet, which the company estimates will prevent more than 336 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.  Sun has also set an example for employers with its Open Work flexible office program, which saves our environment 30,000 metric tons of CO2 a year and has resulted in measurable productivity gains and greater employee satisfaction.

Some other recent news from Sun regarding its Eco Responsibility Initiative:

  • In March, Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz backed a Climate Call to Action with CERES and the Investor Network on Climate Risk to enact federal legislation curbing pollution causing global climate change.  Sun and a dozen leading US companies called for a national policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions consistent with targets scientists deem necessary to avoid the dangerous impacts of global warming. 
  •  Sun joined the United Nations Global Compact, a group that brings together business, labor, civil society and governments to advance principles of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.  Sun supports the Global Compact tenets as part of its own company strategy, culture and day-to-day operations. 
  •  Sun joined the EPA Climate Leaders program, the government-industry initiative to develop long-term climate change strategies.  Sun has created a greenhouse gas management plan and is committed to a 20% reduction in GHG emissions from US operations over 2002 levels by 2012.
  • On May 5, Sun will team with KGO Radio and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., inviting San Franciscans to participate in Eco LIVE 2007 at the Concourse Exhibition Center.  Sun's VP of Eco Responsibility, Dave Douglas, will share ways that individuals and businesses can reduce their environmental impact, introducing environmentally friendly technologies and products. 

For more on Sun's Eco Responsibility Initiative, contact erica.jacobs@sun.com or visit http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/environment. 

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