Just a quick note to say there won't be any posts for the next four weeks as I will be travelling. I expect to meet with consulting colleagues in southern France, in Provence, who are working on sustainability strategies for their clients. I am expecting to learn alot about the French version of Green IT from them. You may know that France has sufficient electricity because they embrace nuclear power more than in the USA. So, the conventional wisdom is that French companies won't be moving toward Green IT anytime soon because they have cheap clean power. Of course, if you have been reading this blog, you know that price and availability are only two of several driving forces for Green IT. Others include space, connectivity density, and heat dissipation. Few of us are intentionally trying to build rooms that are heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit since they aren't very tolerable.
A little off topic, one of my favorite local professional associations, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, because it really does promote leadership, hosted Energy Summit 2007 on June 1st. One of the speakers suggested renaming Silicon Valley to "Solar Valley" because there is so much innovation and investment in this alternative energy source. By the end of the day, many of us in the audience felt less gloomy about Global Warming because so many initiatives are underway, metrics are being established, and possible solutions are in pilot phases. Encouraging signs. Have a green day!