April 16, 2008: Software Association of Oregon and Climate Savers Computing Initiative Team up to Drive Energy-Efficient Computing Climate Savers Computing Initiative | Climate Savers Computing Initiative


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April 16, 2008: Software Association of Oregon and Climate Savers Computing Initiative Team up to Drive Energy-Efficient Computing

PORTLAND,Ore., April 16, 2008 – The Software Association of Oregon (SAO) and the Oregon-based Climate Savers Computing Initiative today announced a collaboration to spur energy-efficient computing in Oregon. The two organizations will work together to promote the development and use of power management software, and to encourage the adoption of more energy-efficient computers and servers across Oregon’s software industry.

“The Software Association of Oregon is committed to reducing the energy consumption of information technology, both through our actions, as well as driving awareness and development of energy-efficient technologies among our more than 450 members in Oregon,” said Bryce Yonker Director of Membership and the CleanTech Forum at the Software Association of Oregon. “By working with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, the SAO is helping lead its membership in the movement toward a more clean and sustainable Oregon.”

“By teaming with the Software Association of Oregon, we hope to boost awareness and foster innovations in energy efficient technology in Oregon,” said Lorie Wigle, Intel’s representative on the Climate Savers Computing Initiative board of directors. “With the efforts of the SAO and other likeminded organizations, we can reduce the energy consumption of computers by 50 percent by 2010.”

As a member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, the SAO is committed to reducing energy consumption from a majority of its computing equipment by:

  • Pledging to purchase high-efficiency computer equipment;
  • Optimizing existing computer systems to use power management capabilities, such as hibernation and sleep modes; and
  • Ensuring in subsequent years they purchase computing equipment with increasing levels of efficiency.

The SAO and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative will also work together to recruit SAO members to participate in the Initiative, and encourage the development of new and innovation software for managing PC and server power settings. Although most computers are capable of automatically transitioning to a sleep or hibernate state when inactive, about 90 percent of desktop PCs have this functionality disabled.

Additionally, in a typical desktop PC, nearly half the power coming from the outlet never reaches the processor, memory, disks or any other computing components. The wasted electricity is dispersed as heat and increases the cost of powering a computer, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases. In offices, homes and data centers, the added heat from inefficient computers can increase the demand on air conditioners and cooling systems, making the computing equipment even more expensive to run. Servers are more efficient than desktops, but still typically waste 30 to 40 percent of the input power.

About the Software Association of Oregon

SAO is Oregon’s largest technology trade association, with more than 450 members statewide. Formed in 1989, the SAO fosters an environment that fuels the growth of Oregon’s software industry. SAO is dedicated to helping software dependent companies Start and Grow, and developing an environment into which companies and entrepreneurs want to Move. SAO offers a diverse range of software and business development resources, networking, visibility, education, advocacy and member benefits in support of Oregon’s software industry cluster.

For more information, visit www.sao.org.
Media contact: Bryce Yonker, SAO, 503-228-5443,[email protected]
About Climate Savers Computing

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of computers. Nearly 200 companies and organizations have joined the Initiative since its launch in June 2007, and thousands of individuals have pledged their support. The Initiative is led by Dell, EDS, Google, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas & Electric and World Wildlife Fund. Sponsors include AMD, Delta Electronics, eBay, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Lite-On, Marvell Semiconductor, NEC, Sun and Supermicro.

For more information and to pledge your support, visit http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org.

Media contact: Barbara Grimes, Owen Media, 503-222-2545 x229 (office), 206-369-9907 (mobile)

Climate Savers® is a trademark or registered trademark of World Wildlife Fund Inc., an international conservation organization. Used under license.

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