GSTEP is essential to a local “GreenIT Strategy” for the mid-Willamette Valley. According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_computing#Product_longevity it’s best to use what we’ve got as long as possible, one way or another:
Gartner maintains that the PC manufacturing process accounts for 70% of the natural resources used in the life cycle of a PC. More recently, Fujitsu released a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of a desktop that show that manufacturing and end of life accounts for the majority of this laptop ecological footprint. Therefore, the biggest contribution to green computing usually is to prolong the equipment’s lifetime. Another report from Gartner recommends to “Look for product longevity, including upgradability and modularity.”  For instance, manufacturing a new PC makes a far bigger ecological footprint than manufacturing a new RAM module to upgrade an existing one.
- ^ InfoWorld July 06, 2009; http://www.infoworld.com/d/green-it/used-pc-strategy-passes-toxic-buck-300?_kip_ipx=1053322433-1267784052&_pxn=0
- ^ GreenIT.fr Feb. 2011; http://www.greenit.fr/article/materiel/pc-de-bureau/quelle-est-l-empreinte-carbone-d-un-ordinateur-3478
- ^ Simon Mingay, Gartner: 10 Key Elements of a ‘Green IT’ Strategy; http://www.onsitelasermedic.com/pdf/10_key_elements_greenIT.pdf.