The Green Grid Forum and Members Meeting 2012

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Moving to Resource Efficient IT


DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose

2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
March 6-7, 2012

Achieving Greater Productivity and Environmental Sustainability - Sustainability, IT, and resource efficiency related business decisions are key priorities for many companies. Resource efficiency directly impacts your company’s bottom line. As IT drives towards increased resource efficiency, you are faced with a number of questions. In what ways can data center efficiency impact my company? What is the business impact as we increase our business’s IT resource efficiency? How can we calculate my business’s carbon and water usage? These questions and more were answered at The Green Grid Forum 2012 that drew over 250 attendees!

The Green Grid celebrated it's 5th anniversary, as experts from across the industry discussed global issues on policy, technology, business value, and trends that will affect business computing environments now and in the future. This year’s Forum addressed the three pillars of resource efficient business computing: technology, business, and sustainability. By including all three aspects of this field, The Green Grid addresses the needs of operators and executives who are seeking ways to make their environments efficient and effective. The event program is available below, and the presentations from the Forum are now available for download in the Library & Tools section of the Web site.

The Forum included 30+ business, IT, and sustainability focused sessions with the overall theme of Moving to Resource Efficient IT. Keynote speakers included Aaron Davis (Chief Marketing Officer, Schneider Electric) and Chandrakant Patel (Sr. Fellow and Director, Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, HP).

The full program with session abstracts and speaker bios is available here. 

The 2012 TGG Forum featured a number of ways to engage with attendees, customers, and industry representatives.

Member/Board Networking Opportunities
TGG members met with members of the Board of Directors during the Forum to discuss topics such as involvement in The Green Grid, ideas for technical projects, improving member value, etc. 

Members Networking Reception
TGG Forum attendees participated in an evening reception on Tuesday, March 6th where members were able to network with their peers and celebrate The Green Grid's 5th anniversary.

Roundtable Lunch Discusions
Attendees participated in roundtable discussions with leaders in the following key government and industry organizations:


    Data Center Pulse Summit
    End users were invited to attend the fourth annual Data Center Pulse Summit on March 5, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, in conjunction with The Green Grid Forum. This was a forum exclusively for end users to discuss the issues that actively effect them on a dialy basis. This 

    ITS39 IT Sustainability Meeting
    Forum attendees were invited to attend the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards’ (INCITS) inaugural meeting of ITS39 IT Sustainability on March 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, CA. ITS39 is the designated U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the newly formed JTC 1 Sub-Committee 39 Sustainability for and by IT. The initial work scope for ITS39 will include standards for energy efficient data centers.

    The committee will operate under the ANSI-accredited procedures of the INCITS. Membership on INCITS/ITS39 was open to all directly and materially affected parties but only U.S.-based companies can vote to establish a U.S. position on TAG matters.  


    Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) Course
    Following the Forum, attendees were able to participate in the DCEP Practitioner course on March 8-9 at the Embassy Suites in San Jose, CA. The U.S. DOE and its industry collaborators developed this training curriculum, test, and set of supporting manuals to train and certify Practitioners in performing energy assessments in data centers and transferring knowledge to the staff for implementation. Participants were ablet to be trained at Level 1 or Level 2 knowledge levels, including demonstration of proficiency in the use of selected tools in the DC Pro tool suite.


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