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On Friday, March 11th Climate One, a special project of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, brought together Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, and Bill Weihl, Google’s Green Energy Czar, to discuss how IT - from desktop to data center and cloud computing - are addressing global energy and environmental challenges. With datacenters using more than four percent of U.S. plug load power – and this number expected to double in the coming years – the IT sector is under increasing scrutiny to reduce energy use and curb greenhouse gas emissions. Both Microsoft and Google shared what each company is doing to reduce energy, manage energy and carbon footprints and rethink how data centers are designed for efficiency. In addition, both Rob and Bill shared how Microsoft and Google are taking unique approaches to helping people and organizations better understand and ultimately cut their energy use. The discussion was lively – with targeted questions coming from moderator Greg Dalton and audience members. The panel discussion is expected to air on San Francisco’s NPR affiliate station KQED twice in the coming weeks and on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.
Read more about the conversation that unfolded in this GreenBiz.com article.