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Feds to use IT buying power to push green

Patrick Thibodeau | April 21, 2011
With $80B IT budget, U.S. gov't will use its Wal-Mart-like clout to accelerate green IT practices

Since most sustainability efforts involve software tools, IT departments will be at the center of the sustainability push, said Mines said. "We think it's because they are at the center of buying all the other software."

Robert Amundsen, director of energy management at the New York Institute of Technology, said the GSA's effort to encourage sustainability "can give an extra push" to the overall effort.

Interest in sustainability is growing, Amundsen said. He runs a graduate program in power management, one of only a half-dozen in the U.S., and over the past several years its enrollment has doubled to about 100 students.

Amundsen said he sees more companies moving to improve energy efficiency and agrees with Forrester that IT will play a central role in it. "The rates of return from energy efficiency are very high and very low risk," Amundsen said in an interview.


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