Enable the Eco-Enterprise Awards
By Oracle Staff on Sep 23, 2010
Leaders in Sustainable Business and Technology Recognized
By Richard Levitt. Reprinted from the Oracle OpenWorld Daily.
Oracle's 2010 Enable the Eco-Enterprise Awards were presented to 15 customer-and-partner teams as part of the Sustainable Strategies for Business Operational Efficiency session on Wednesday. The winners all use Oracle products--and have deployed numerous other sustainable practices--to lower their carbon footprint and enjoy such fiscal benefits of green practices as reduced costs and improved business efficiencies.
Jeff Henley, Oracle's chairman of the board, introduced the session by saying, "The only way we're going to solve global warming and other sustainability issues is through technology." He then described his own commitment to green business practices, and how Oracle strives to lead by innovation and example. Following the awards presentation, Oracle CIO and Senior Vice President Mark Sunday, award recipients, and other sustainability experts contributed to a discussion of various eco-conscious IT decisions.
For example, Oracle's new datacenter in Utah uses a variety of forward-thinking techniques for lowering energy usage, resources, and cost. The heat from its servers evaporates reclaimed water to provide adequate humidity within the sustainably designed building. And the University of Massachusetts has taken an aggressive approach to virtualization, resulting in a 95 percent virtualized environment and saving cost, energy, and physical space.
Award recipients are Agencia Nacional de Aguas (National Water Agency-ANA), Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Costco Wholesale, Essex County Council, Farmers Insurance, Fitness First, Iberdrola Renewables, Interpark, Intertek, MercadoLibre, Northern Arizona University, Sandia National Laboratories, University of Massachusetts, and Verizon Wireless.
Winning partners are Capgemini, Fujitsu, ImageSource, Knowledge Global, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oracle, Project Partners LLC, and Unimix Tecnologia.