Dell Takes Going Green to a Whole New Level

Posted by Crystal Olenbush on Monday, September 29th, 2008 at 9:13pm.

Austin has quickly emerged as a model city when it comes to green living and green city planning.  Therefore, it should not come as too much of a surprise that one of the city's largest companies, Dell, has also decided to become a little bit greener.

According to a report in the Austin Business Journal, Dell has achieved some impressive new green milestones.  This includes being completely carbon neutral, which the company has managed to do by reducing energy use and using both solar power and wind power energy sources.  In addition, the company has provided financial backing for a major forest preservation project in Madagascar.  This was accomplished when the company paired up with Conservation International in order to help protect 591,000 acres of tropic forest.

Dell has achieved this new milestone within an impressive amount of time.  In fact, it was just one year ago that the company officially announced its plans to bring balance to its global energy use by making substantial green energy investments.  The company had hoped to have the plan fully implemented by the end of this year, but managed to pull it off a little sooner than expected.  Ultimately, the company announced in a press release that it hopes to become "the greenest technology company on the planet."

Since going green with the help of methane-gas capture techniques, solar energy use and wind energy use, the company's use of green energy rose from just 12 million kWh in 2004 to 116 million kWh in so far this year.  In all, the company has managed to save $3 million through its power management and facility improvement initiatives.

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