Procurement Policy Requires Green IT Purchases

John Storts
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Reining in IT Energy Consumption

Many IT organizations don't account for energy costs when formulating their IT budgets and have little visibility into the true costs.

To ensure that all information technology equipment purchases meet the needs of users and minimize negative human health effects and environmental harm, the City and County of San Francisco Committee on Information Technology (COIT) created a green information technology procurement policy.


This policy was designed to go above and beyond basic requirements for purchasing environmentally friendly IT equipment and serve as a model to other private agencies, public businesses and residents. It's also aimed at making cost-effective purchases, extending product longevity and generally promoting environmental stewardship in the IT industry.


If you are an IT manager intent on putting green purchasing practices similar to COIT's into place, the policy serves as a great starting point.


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Oct 13, 2010 11:35 AM Edward Edward  says:

Does the framework extend to energy purchasing strategies for energy intensive IT infrastructures, data centres for example?

Oct 14, 2010 11:03 AM John Storts John Storts  says: in response to Edward

Hi Edward,

While the policy doesn't recommend specific hardware or software purchases, it does promote making purchasing choices that aim for maximum energy and cost efficiency, so it could be generally applied to data center choices.


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