Cost-savings and energy efficiencies go hand-in-hand. The poor economy and a collective awareness of the finite resources available to the world are encouraging businesses to invest in green technologies. In fact, 60% of companies now have green criteria for their technology purchases, a Forrester Research study found. Cutting costs is the primary motivator, while real or anticipated regulatory issues and pressure from buyers also ranked high, the report said. Only 30% were driven by their desir
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An entire industry has grown around developing and designing coverings for homes and offices that expressly work to reduce heat-intake and, therefore, energy costs. In 2009, the United States Postal Service debuted its first green roof in Manhattan, and expects to be two-thirds of the way to its goal of cutting energy use by 30% by 2015. The Morgan mail processing facility's green roof covers almost 2.5 acres and during construction, approximately 90 percent of the original roof was recycled and reused on the new roof. It will last 50 years, twice as long as the roof it replaced, and is part of the Postal Service’s greener facilities strategy, according to USPS.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.