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Kaiser Permanente Tops Green IT Rankings
October 25, 2011
Kaiser Permanente received the top ranking on IDG’s Computerworld magazine Top 12 List of Green IT Organizations for 2011.
Kaiser Permanente was the only national health care provider on the list. The company was recognized for its implementation of green IT practices that reduce waste, carbon dioxide emissions, energy use and the use of toxic chemicals.
The Top 12 List is:
1. Kaiser Permanente
3. State Street
4. Allstate Insurance
5. NBC Universal
6. Baker Hughes
7. Northrop Grumman
9. Nixon Peabody
11. Prudential Financial
12. JM Family Enterprises
Kaiser Permanente’s work to increase cooling efficiency at its Napa data center is an example of the health care organization’s green achievements. The project resulted in an electricity cost savings of $450,000 and a $300,000 incentive from the local utility service. This same data center received a 2010–2011 Energy Star rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its innovations in cooling efficiency.
Additional Kaiser Permanente green IT initiatives include:
- Implementing more virtualized servers, which significantly reduces power and cooling demand
- Installing more efficient network devices to save energy and better manage network traffic
- Exclusively purchasing energy-efficient laptops, desktops and monitors
- Responsibly reusing or recycling assets
- Encouraging virtual meetings and events, which in 2010 helped the IT department avoid 151,187 car roundtrips and 26,680 air roundtrips, the equivalent of avoiding 14,888 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Kaiser Permanente’s green IT achievements are part of the organization’s broader environmental stewardship efforts, which include energy conservation, sustainable design and construction innovations. Through its green building practices, Kaiser Permanente saves more than $10 million per year and has eliminated the purchase and disposal of 40 tons of harmful chemicals in its facilities.
In 2010, Kaiser Permanente launched a Sustainability Scorecard, the first effort in health care to evaluate the sustainability of each medical item it purchases while also encouraging suppliers across the industry to provide greener products.
ComputerWorld also ranked the top Green IT Vendors who are working to reduce energy consumption in their IT equipment. That list is as follows:
1. Fujitsu Ltd.
2. Hewlett-Packard Co.
4. Microsoft Corp.
5. Qualcomm Inc.
7. Intel Corp.
8. BT Group
9. SAP AG
10. Internap Network Services
11. Dell Inc.
12. Avnet Inc.
Bart King is a PR consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications.