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Avnet Named One of the Top 12 Green-IT Organizations in the U.S.

Global technology distributor Avnet, Inc. today announced that it has been selected by IDG’s Computerworld as one of the Top Green-IT Vendor Organizations in the U.S. for 2011. This annual award honors 12 leading vendor organizations that are reducing their energy consumption related to IT equipment, and using technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions. This marks the second time this month that Avnet has been recognized for its green practices. Avnet was also named to Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings of U.S. companies.

“Reducing our energy consumption not only has clear environmental benefits, but it also helps Avnet save money and improve operational efficiency,” said Steve Phillips, chief information officer, Avnet, Inc. “Through Avnet’s ‘Going Green’ initiative, we’ve developed a culture where employees are constantly looking to reduce Avnet’s carbon footprint. Being selected as a Computerworld Top Green-IT Organization is a direct result of our IT teams’ ongoing commitment to find practical, innovative ways to help Avnet achieve its green goals.”

Avnet has reduced its greenhouse gas consumption by 7.6 percent in the last year as a part of its Going Green initiative. The company achieved these results through a wide range of efforts, including automated system hibernation, green lighting, IT governance practices, paper consumption elimination, physical facility improvements, recycling programs, telecommuting, video conferencing and virtualization. Additionally, Avnet reduced its data center power consumption by more than six percent, which has helped Avnet avoid a multi-million dollar power build out even though its business has significantly grown in both scale and scope.

“Many of the organizations recognized in our fourth annual Top Green-IT issue have woven energy-saving initiatives into the fabric of their IT strategies,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief, Computerworld. “These top organizations are tapping the collective brainpower of their IT staffs to capitalize on existing technologies that lower energy use and seek out new methods to better control their carbon footprints.”

This honor is part of Computerworld’s annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature, which was published in the October 24, 2011, issue and online at www.computerworld.com.

Published Monday, October 24, 2011 5:07 PM by David Marshall
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